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Dear colleagues and friends,

UPDATE 3 - COVID-19 – February 27, 2019

Dear ABC2020 participants, colleagues, friends and students:

The ABC2020 organizers have been intensely discussing the current COVID-19 situation by SKYPE and e-mail over the past days. Because new infections or confirmed cases were absent from Innsbruck in the past two days, we believe that the risk situation is extremely low for individuals, as long as they do not come from any of the known outbreak hotspots. Most importantly, the government and health authorities in Austria have not issued travel restrictions and in fact discourage canceling of events.

Therefore, ABC2020 will take place as originally planned, starting on Sunday March 1, 2020. Importantly, we will respect all decisions to cancel your participation, owing to personal concerns about health and safety or a minimal residual risk of a quarantine situation in the hotel. However, you will have to cancel your participation by sending an e-mail to info@abc2020.febsevents.org by Friday, February 28, 11AM CET.

As the final deadline for refunds has passed, we are only able to offer a partial refund of your registration fee. The exact amount of refunds will depend on the total number of cancellations we receive, the burden of necessary administrative handling, and the amount of sponsorship return if applicable at all. Thus, the amount of actual refunds can only be determined after the end ABC2020.

Finally, and importantly, the special situation also demands that participants opting to attend ABC2020 agree that attendance is at their own risks. The organizers cannot be held accountable or liable for any damage, loss or health issues that originate from or relate to the attendance of ABC2020, including travel to and from Innsbruck.

Despite this difficult situation, we hope to see you in Innsbruck and to a stimulating ABC2020 meeting though under very special circumstances. Please stay tuned, read your e-mails and keep an eye on the ABC2020 webpage. Do not hesitate to contact by e-mail in case of any further questions.

The ABC2020 Organizers


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UPDATE on COVID
: 26.02.2020

DECISION if ABC2020 will take place on Thursday, February 27, 6PM CET at the latest


Dear ABC2020 participants, colleagues, friends and students:

On February 25, two cases of confirmed COVID-19 infections of a married couple from Italy were diagnosed in Innsbruck. Since the wife has been working as a front-desk agent in a hotel, the hotel was temporarily closed for further testing of people in contact. Among 62 tested, 12 guests were placed in quarantine as a precaution and for further testing. Both confirmed cases are very mild, and the patients will be released to home care today or tomorrow. No additional or new infections have been diagnosed in Innsbruck since yesterday. All other hotels in Innsbruck are open and operating normally.

Restrictions or public health alerts concerning travel to Austria or to Innsbruck are not applicable. Authorities remain on a high-alert status, but governmental travel warnings or a closure of borders is not considered. Airport traffic is normal in Vienna and in Innsbruck, and train traffic from the north or south, east or west to Innsbruck remains affected except for minor delays.

Should unforeseen critical developments emerge within the next 2 days that require or even demand a cancelation of ABC2020, we will inform all participants accordingly by Thursday, February 27, 6PM CET at the latest. A cancelation scenario is highly unlikely at this point, but of course we cannot fully exclude it in case a wave of new infections is diagnosed or if governmental regulations require us to do so.

I have been in close contact with physicians at the Medical University of Innsbruck in charge of clinical testing. In essence, unless you have been visiting an outbreak hot spot within the past two-three weeks, or you were in contact with people in outbreak regions, the risk of contracting COVID-19 is insignificantly low. COVID-19 affects primarily people in the age group above 65-70, and the overall mortality is also very low. Many COVID-19 infections are asymptomatic, and about 80-90% show mild clinical symptoms, with spontaneous cure. Infections in children or pregnant women have not at all been detected.

The ABC2020 organizers have been intensely discussing the current situation, and we are in contact with FEBS, to find a suitable solution. While we do not see any reasonable reason to be worried at this point, we do understand that the global and national media coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak is inducing worries, and sometimes severe concerns or even fear, including panic responses, which are unjustified considering the current situation. Therefore, ABC2020 will take place as originally planned, starting on Sunday March 1, 2020, unless an unexpected emergency situation arises within the next days that requires a re-evaluation of the situation.

However, we will respect any decision to cancel participation, owing to personal concerns about health and safety. Although the final deadline for refunds has passed, we will be able to offer at least a partial refund of your registration fee in case you need it. However, you will have to cancel your participation by sending an e-mail to info@abc2020.febsevents.org by Friday, February 28, 11AM CET at the latest. Please note that exact amount of refund will depend on the total number of cancelations we receive, the burden of necessary administrative handling, and the amount of sponsorship return if applicable at all. Thus, the amount of actual refunds can only be determined after the end ABC2020.

Despite this situation, we hope to see you in Innsbruck and to a stimulating ABC2020 meeting though under very special circumstances. Please stay tuned, read your e-mails and keep an eye on the ABC2020 webpage. Do not hesitate to contact by e-mail in case of any further questions.

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We need to emphasize that if you decide to travel to Innsbruck and attend ABC2020 it is on your own right and responsibility. We need to be sure that you are aware of the situation, and it is through your own choice and full responsibility to attend ABC2020.

The ABC2020 Organizers cannot accept responsibility or liability for infections and diseases, personal accidents, injuries, loss or damage to private property of ABC2020 participants. Participants are thus strongly advised to make their own arrangements concerning personal insurance and health coverage if necessary or applicable.

The ABC2020 Organizers

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UPDATE on COVID
: 25.02.2020

DECISION if ABC2020 will take place on Thursday, 27th of February in the afternoon - depending on the federal authorities

IMPORTANT 

Authorities have confirmed the first COVID-19 cases in Austria. Two cases are confirmed and under quarantine in a hospital in Innsbruck.

We need to emphasize that if you decide to travel to Innsbruck and attend ABC2020 it is on your own right and responsibility. We need to be sure that you are aware of the situation, and it is through your own choice and full responsibility to attend ABC2020.

The ABC2020 Organizers cannot accept responsibility or liability for infections and diseases, personal accidents, injuries, loss or damage to private property of ABC2020 participants. Participants are thus strongly advised to make their own arrangements concerning personal insurance and health coverage if necessary or applicable.

Latest online news:


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NEWS: UPDATE on COVID: ABC2020 will take place as originally planned (24.02.2020)
Latest NEWS:

Dear ABC2020 participants, colleagues, friends and students:

The recent developments around the COVID-19 outbreaks in China and most recently in Northern Italy, have been a concern for Austrian health authorities, but perhaps also for some of you. Needless to state that the current media coverage is not really helping to eradicate fears, rather the opposite is true.

 As of today, there are no restrictions or public health alerts concerning travel to Austria or to Innsbruck. All authorities are on a high-alert status, but for now, governmental travel warnings or restrictions for going to Innsbruck have not been issued.   Airport traffic is normal in Vienna and in Innsbruck, and train traffic from the north or south, east or west to Innsbruck is not affected right now. People arriving in Vienna by direct flights from high-risk regions in China are subject to health monitoring upon arrival in Vienna.  

 Should unforeseen critical developments emerging within the next 3 days require or even demand a cancelation of ABC2020, we will inform all participants accordingly on Thursday, February 27, just prior to start of travel. We do realize that flights and travel have been booked by now, but this situation is out of our control. I wish to emphasize that a cancelation scenario is highly unlikely at this point, but of course we cannot fully exclude it.

 Importantly, we would respect if any participant opts to cancel his/her participation at this late stage. Unfortunately, as of now, we will most likely not be able to provide even partial refunds of the registration fees, because we have passed the contractual deadline with the hotel where refunds are possible. Importantly, we will have a meeting with the venue management as soon as possible to discuss all scenarios and options. We will engage in negotiations to see if we are able to get at least partial refunds for participants who wished to cancel their participation

 In conclusion, ABC2020 will take place as originally planned. As sanitary precautions, we will organize stations for hand disinfection placed throughout the hotel venue. I have been in close contact with federal authorities and scientists of the Medical University of Innsbruck, who are in charge of all diagnostic testing and healthcare precautions for visitors to Innsbruck. We will receive first-hand information in case of any breaking developments during the next 72 hours.

 Despite these developments, we are looking forward to seeing you in Innsbruck and to having a stimulating ABC2020 meeting. Please stay tuned for new developments and read your e-mails in the coming days. Do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail in case of any further questions.

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The ABC2020 Organizers

Several Advanced Lecture Courses and six previous Special Meetings established the tradition of the ABC Meetings in Austria. Here, we proudly announce the 8th FEBS Special Meeting on ABC Proteins - ABC2020, in Innsbruck, Austria.

ABC2020 will cover all basic and applied aspects of ABC proteins, both in normal and cancer cells, as well as their important roles in genetic diseases as well as drug resistance phenomena in cancer or microbial systems.

Leading scientists from all over the world and representatives of major pharmaceutical companies will present and discuss latest news on ABC proteins operating in bacteria, fungi, plants, parasites and humans. We were able to commit numerous leading experts to participate, with many new faces attending as plenary speakers.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Innsbruck, Austria

ABC2020 Course Organizers

Sponsors


The conference also gratefully     The Dr. Josef Steiner Cancer Research Foundation
acknowledges a contribution                   on behalf of its awardee Dr. Victor Ling
from the Naoko Ishikawa
Memorial Fund.

Deadlines

  • Applications Opening
    15 Oct 2019
  • Youth Travel Fund Grants
    1 Dec 2019
  • ABC2020 Grants
    15 Dec 2019
  • EXTENDED - Applications closing
    01 Jan 2020
  • Closing times: 23:59 (UTC+01:00)

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