24th Annual Woods Hole Immunoparasitology Meeting

Dear WHIP 2020 registrants and supporters,

 

It is with sadness that we write to let you know that WHIP 2020 has been cancelled, in response to the accelerating COVID 19 public health crisis.

 

Following the lead of other conferences, we felt that cancelling the meeting was the correct decision.  Our meeting requires a large gathering of people and extensive national and international travel from COVID 19-affected areas.  Such activities are directly in opposition to current recommendations from many public health authorities.  Many of us are currently under travel restrictions from our institutions as well.  Thus, after extensive discussion with WHIP Advisory Committee members, key stake holders, and the MBL, Jude and I decided we needed to cancel the meeting to do our part in limiting the spread of SARS-CoV-2 to protect the susceptible individuals in our communities.

 

Many thanks to the MBL, specifically Paul Anderson and Kerri Mills, who have been helpful and supportive at this tough time.  Building on over 2 decades of valued collaboration between the MBL and this meeting, MBL staff have been instrumental in assisting us in making this decision and supporting our community 100% in rapidly developing a plan for cancellation that will be as straightforward as possible.

 

Some key logistical information:

 

1)  Please note that the registration and abstract submission sites are now closed.

2)  For those who registered but DID NOT pay:  your registration will be automatically cancelled; no action is required from you.

3)  For those who submitted abstracts:  your abstract will be deleted from the system and will not be available publicly or otherwise; no action is required from you.

4)  For who registered and DID pay:  you will be refunded in full, back to the card you paid with.  If you require that your refund be sent to another place, it will need to be issued by check (domestic) or wire transfer (international).  Please email panderson@mbl.edu regarding refunds.

5)  For Travel Award winners:  Jude will be in touch with further instructions and information.

 

We are also excited to announce the dates of WHIP 2021, APRIL 11-14, 2021.  Please mark your calendars!

 

We hope to make WHIP 2021 an incredibly successful gathering for our community, and we will be in touch throughout 2020 with details and information.  The immunoparasitology community is incredible.  We so appreciate your support and understanding.  We are looking forward to to reconvening in 2021 to hear about all the exciting developments in the field.  If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me at etwojno@uw.edu.

 

WHIP Flyer