COST Training School Belgrade, 16-20 March has been canceled and postponed because of COVID-19 virus

Dear colleagues and participants,

Due to the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, we are forced to cancel the COST CA17120 Training School that has been scheduled to be held in Belgrade from 16-20 March 2020. The measures introduced by the government of the Republic of Serbia and Serbian research institutions in order to contain the outbreak and maintain the health and safety of scientists involve the ban of entry to Serbia from the countries most affected by the outbreak, as well as a temporary calling off of large meetings and conferences. Countries like Italy and Switzerland have been declared by the Serbian government as the areas with intense virus transmission, and there is a reasonable expectation that the other countries will be on the high-risk list very soon. Yesterday, our government passed the Decision preventing indoor public gatherings. The spreading of the COVID-19 virus is a force majeure event that prevents either party from fulfilling their obligations under the Agreement. Due to these extraordinary circumstances, most of the lecturers and participants have been forced to withdraw from the Training School. We hope that the measures taken worldwide will soon have visible effects in preventing further spreading of the virus, such that we would be able to hold the Training School at some other point during the year.

Stay safe and we hope to see you in Belgrade for the Training school as soon as the necessary conditions are fulfilled for the safe travel of the lecturers and the participants.

Sincerely,
Conference Organizers

Training School, 2020, Belgrade

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