The ESDR and COVID-19

Announcement from ESDR President Prof. Chris Griffiths on the Postponement of the 50th Annual ESDR Meeting
9 April 2020
 
Dear Colleagues
 
The ESDR Board has taken the appropriate yet unprecedented decision to postpone our 50th Annual Meeting scheduled for September 2020.
 
The Board took into account the continued uncertainty regarding the timelines on international travel restrictions amid the closure of most academic institutions and cessation of non-COVID research work, accompanied by the redeployment of many clinical academics to general medicine.
 
The new dates for the meeting are 22-25 September 2021; the location will be the same as for 2020 namely the iconic Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. As far as it is possible, we hope to run the same plenary programme of speakers as for 2020 and retain the same structure to the meeting which will still be the 50th Annual Meeting of the ESDR.
 
I suspect this is not unexpected news but amidst all the gloom and anxiety occasioned by COVID-19 I wanted to remove at least one uncertainty from your lives. By so doing I can offer a glimmer of light that the ESDR is still functioning and planning to provide a high quality scientific and educational 50th Annual Meeting in 2021. I am aware this message will generate many questions; to address these the ESDR Office have assembled a list of frequently asked questions and answers to assist you.
 
My best wishes to you, your colleagues and families in these turbulent times and please stay safe and well.
 
 
 
 
Prof Chris Griffiths
ESDR President
 
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Statement from ESDR President about Impact of COVID-19
24 March 2020
 
Dear Colleagues
I am writing to all of you in this unprecedented time of uncertainty in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
This is a fast evolving situation and paramount is the health and safety of you, your families and colleagues. In Europe and across the world most universities have closed and are going into lockdown. Research and teaching has slowed or stopped in many countries and clinical academics will be making contingency plans for patient management whether in dermatology or by stepping into frontline acute care.  Major medical and scientific congresses around the world planned for the first half of the year have either been postponed or cancelled.
 
As you are aware our 50th Anniversary meeting is scheduled for Amsterdam 2-5 September 2020. The ESDR Board is of course monitoring the COVID-19 situation and allied government directives very closely but at present the meeting is still going ahead as planned. We are cognisant that this status may change. On that basis we are preparing contingency plans and compiling frequently asked questions and will update you at regular intervals over the coming weeks.
 
Please stay well,
 
 
 
Prof Chris Griffiths
ESDR President
 
 
LAST UPDATE: 15 APRIL 2020

The ESDR and COVID-19
As the largest investigative dermatology society in Europe, we are taking seriously our responsibilities to protect communities from the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Concerned by your safety, following the recommendations for social distancing and governments lockdown, we are working closely with our sister societies and partners on postponing all events between now and this summer.
 
ESDR Leadership Mentoring follow-up: 20-21 April 2020. This meeting has been postponed until further notice; participants have already been contacted. The ESDR team will remain in contact with participants via email.
 
ESDR/EADV summer research workshop: 29 June-03 July 2020, Switzerland. This event has been postponed until 2021. New dates and application procedures will be published soon.
 
50th Annual ESDR Meeting 2020: 2-5 September 2020, Amsterdam. Our Annual meeting has been postponed. The new dates are 22-25 September 2021. Read the statement from ESDR President above and consult our Frequently Asked Questions.
 
ESDR Future leaders academy: 15-17 October 2020, Madrid. This event is currently maintained; the deadline for applications has been extended to Firday 1 May 2020.  If the event is postponed, all accepted participants will be automatically transferred to the rescheduled meeting date.
 
Further updates
Our priority is the safety and well-being of our delegates therefore, we will be closely monitoring the situation to ensure that it remains a safe and appropriate time to hold the event.
Any announcements on event cancellation or changes will be posted on our website – please check for updates.
 
Our thoughts and wishes remain with patients and healthcare professionals affected across the world.
 
The ESDR team