Dear Colleagues and Members of the EADMFR,
On behalf of the EADMFR, and together with the organizing committee of the 17th European Congress of DentoMaxilloFacial Radiology in 2020, it is with great regret that I have to announce the cancellation of the Congress in Jerusalem, 2020, due to the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our intention was to provide a scientifically and educationally rich congress to the delegates and sponsors. However, the safety of everyone attending is of paramount importance, and with the current global situation, it would not be possible to hold the congress safely in June. This was a very difficult decision to make, but I am sure you agree it is the correct one.
We have thoroughly discussed the possibilities for postponing the congress to another period later this year, or maybe to next year, but both options have issues. Since we do not know the duration of the restrictions world-wide, postponing the congress to later in the year is not feasible. Postponing to 2021 would also be problematic, since IADMFR is organizing the 23rd Congress (ICDMFR) in Gwangju, South Korea, from April 28th to May 1st, 2021.
The local team has put a lot of hard work in all the details of the congress, and our official partner, AIM, has supported them with infrastructure to prepare everything for a successful congress. Right now, the only thing we can do is to thank the local organizing committee for all their efforts, and for accepting this moment of crisis. In addition to that, we would like to thank AIM and especially Bernadetta Della Croce for the support and efforts to keep up the progress in our Academy. We trust that our partnerships will be even stronger after going through this crisis together. Bernadetta or one of her team will contact you regarding reimbursement any delegate fees you have paid. Please remember that you will need to cancel any travel arrangements and hotel bookings you may have made with the local provider, not AIM.
We also would like to acknowledge our sponsors, and ask for their cooperation and support in this tough decision. We understand that all companies are deeply affected by the crisis, and we would like to express our will to continue the important collaboration with our industrial partners, despite of the crisis.
Of course, the activities in the Academy will not stop. Soon we will start planning the next European Congress of DentoMaxilloFacial Radiology, which will take place in June 2022. In the coming weeks we will inform you all about how this year’s general meeting will be carried out on-line, so that e.g. the current reports from the Academy can be presented. Last, but not least, we would like to remind you of renewing your membership of the Academy, so we can keep up with a good country distribution in the central board. In this moment of crisis, we need to be united to assure that EADMFR will keep existing after this storm has passed.
Beyond our congress and Academy, we would like to express our solidarity and support to all who are being affected by the pandemic. For some, the loss will be financial. For many people around the world, the loss will go beyond that, with their loved ones being sick or even losing their lives. Our thoughts are with you. We understand these scars will stay, and we will need to live with them.
We hope for your understanding and support to the extraordinary decision we have been forced to make.
President of the EADMFR