These are unprecedented times that require unprecedented measures. The coronavirus pandemic is having its repercussions on the way the international scientific community is organizing its meetings as well. The nationwide lockdowns imposed on many countries have already required the cancellation or postponement of several global congresses. It is in this light that the Congress Management Committee (CMC) has decided to move the World Congress on Public Health (WCPH), held from 12 to 17 October in Rome, into a virtual congress. What this entails for all planned congress activities will be discussed in the coming weeks. We will inform you as soon as we have more information.
As a leading public health event, we cannot risk spreading the Covid-19 virus further by physically bringing people together in one congress venue in October. The CMC sees the virtual congress not as a limited event of webinars but as an engaging event with integrated live streams and pre-recorded sessions, Q&As, live polling, and networking. It will make the virtual event come to life, offering a virtual exhibition area, interactive e-learning classrooms, interaction with other participants through chat boxes, and social events.
As the world confronts the coronavirus, the sharing of science – especially the latest public health science – becomes ever more important, and the WCPH is the place to do it. A dedicated Covid-19 track will also be featured, covering the latest on epidemiology, surveillance, policies and impact of control measures.