Coronavirus-related information

Dear colleague It is not necessary to summarise or remind you of the difficulties that we are all experiencing. The organising committee, has constantly monitored the situation in Italy and in other parts of the world, and we were all deeply concerned in receiving news from friends and colleagues worldwide reporting worries, limitations to travel and lockdowns.   Given the recent developments, it is now clear that Poly-Char 2020 [Venice] must be postponed. We have explored the technical feasibility of using streaming as a means of continuing with the event, without the need for participants to travel. It would have been very convenient for us, we would have avoided many problems, and it would have allowed us to cut significantly the registration fees possibly attracting many registered participants. However, we believe a meeting is much more than a collection of scientific presentations. A meeting is a fruitful experience because it is a meeting in the etymological sense. The value of Poly-Char has always been the opportunity for students and colleagues to talk and interact in an informal manner with more experienced researchers and professors. It is a place for colleagues to share ideas and start collaborations and, for attendees to enjoy social activities together and in so doing, build lasting relationships. We believe that this cannot be replicated or replaced by a technological solution no matter how advanced.   The Poly-Char 2020 [Venice] meeting will, therefore, be postponed to October 5-9, 2020. It will take place in the same venue of M9 Museum in Mestre. As usual, the short course will be held on the first day, Monday October 5th, 2020, and the post-conference tour on Friday October 9th.   This has not been an easy decision. This date is very close to the 2021 edition of Poly-Char 2021 [Auckland] that will be held in New Zealand in January 25-28, 2021. We are, however, dealing with an extraordinary and unexpected situation.   The Organising and Scientific Committee is aware of the potential issues this may cause and are committed to working to ensure that the negative impacts of this are lessened on both meeting. This decision has been take after consultation with our colleagues in New Zealand. We very sincerely hope that you will be able to attend both meetings. We will be happy to meet you in Venice, or if you can't make this meeting or you prefer, we hope to see you after a few months in Auckland.   Since planning is very difficult in these hard times, we have decided to move the deadline for payment of the early bird registration fee as late as possible, to September 4, 2020. If you have already paid, your registration fee can be refunded, but of course, it will still be valid for the rescheduled meeting in October. The acceptation of your abstract is obviously still valid, and for organisational reasons, we will appreciate it if you can confirmed, by replying to this message, your intention to participate in October meeting. This is necessary to decide if it will be appropriate to re-open abstract submission. We will soon update this website and here you will find the new details. Please allow us a few days for updating the site. If you have any questions, please contact us on the following the email addresses info@poly-char2020.org and valerio.causin@unipd.it We remain at your disposal and we thank you for the many empathic messages that most of you sent us.   We look forward to meeting you in October in Venice or in New Zealand in the New Year, hopefully after this global disaster has passed. At that time, we can reignite the intention and spirt of our organisation, which is to share good science, encourage young scientist and foster interaction, fraternity and cooperation!   On behalf of the organisation committee of Poly-Char 2020 [Venice] Valerio Causin