We are writing to let you know that ISSRM 2020 in Cairns, Australia is coming together really well. Our hosts have been struck by the outstanding quality and diversity of the abstracts received. They have also teed up some exciting plenary talks highlighting local and Indigenous leaders in managing landscapes and we are expecting more announcements on this soon. We are looking forward to seeing all of you in Cairns!

At the same time, IASNR is very much aware of the ongoing situation caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that has impacted many countries, peoples, and communities. We are writing to let you know that we are currently proceeding with our plan for ISSRM 2020 as scheduled; however, we are closely monitoring the situation, following updates from the World Health Organization, different national disease control centers (e.g., U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Australian National Centre for Disease Control), as well as trends in university travel policies.

We understand this evolving public health crisis may have brought uncertainty to your travel plans to the 2020 ISSRM. We want to point out ISSRM registration information that can be found on our website, including information on reduced rates for participants traveling from certain countries and refund policies. IASNR will refund registration fees for those who cannot travel due to restrictions.

The IASNR Council and ISSRM 2020 hosts are in close communication. We will communicate with all members and ISSRM participants in a timely manner regarding further updates.

Finally, if you submitted an abstract but can no longer travel to ISSRM for any reason, please email [email protected] so we can withdraw your paper from the program. Decision notifications have been sent to all abstract presenters. If you did not receive a decision on your submission, please email [email protected]. We plan to release the preliminary session schedule by the end of March. Please also keep in touch with us by emailing [email protected] regarding travel restrictions imposed by your institutions or any other concerns.



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