The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of many meetings, social as well as professional, because of the dangers associated with public gatherings and the uncertainty regarding the length of time this will continue. Unfortunately the MSIS board, in close discussion with local organizers and IMSS, has come to the conclusion that we need to postpone the OurCon 2020 conference (Nov. 2020, Japan) and the MSISymposium (Oct. 2020, Stockholm). While undoubtedly disappointing we do hope you can understand our priority must be the safety of our members and, secondly but important for the longevity of the society, was the need to act quickly to avoid sizeable financial liabilities in case of cancellation/poor participation.
Rest assured that MSIS and OurCon will continue, unabated and undiminished. To this end we have finalized the revised schedule of meetings for the next three OurCon conferences and the postponed MSISymposium, which can be found below. We hope to see you all again soon, but in the meantime please stay safe.
On behalf on the MSIS board
Liam McDonnell, president MSIS
OurCon VIII, Sheffield, United Kingdom. October 11-14, 2021. Venue: Cutler’s Hall and Sheffield Cathedral. Local organizer: Malcolm Clench.
OurCon IX, Sendai, Japan. Estimated October/November 2022. Venue: Active Resorts Miyagi Zao. Local organizer: Shuichi Shimma
MSISyposium I, Uppsala, Sweden. Estimated November/December 2022. Venue: TBD. Local organizers: Per Andrén. Co-organized with the Swedish Pharmaceutical Society.
OurCon X, Montreal, Canada. Estimated October/November 2023. Venue: TBD. Local organizer: Pierre Chaurand. Co-organized with IMSS.