The ESDR and COVID-19

Statement from ESDR President about Impact of COVID-19
 
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,
 
 
 
Chris Griffiths
ESDR President
 
 
LAST UPDATE: 27 MARCH 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 last week. The ESDR team will remain in contact with you via email.
 
ESDR/EADV summer research workshop: 29 June-03 July 2020, Switzerland. The course is currently maintained. Application deadline is 29 April 2020. Our priority is the safety and well-being of delegates, and therefore we will be monitoring the situation closely to ensure that it remains a safe and appropriate time to hold the event.
 
ESDR 2020: 2-5 September 2020, Amsterdam. Our Annual meeting is currently maintained, the abstract submission deadline is 29 May 2020. If the event is postponed, all participants with accepted abstracts will be automatically transferred to the rescheduled meeting date.
 
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