SEPAWA 2020 reduced to a virtual event
The organizers of the SEPAWA Congress recently anounced that the congress will be held exclusively only. The rapid recent developments of Covid-19 infections in Berlin and the consequences that parts of Berlin – such as the district Neukölln, where the ECC Estrel Convention Center is located – have been declared risk areas and hotspots, have prompted the SEPAWA Executive Board to reassess the situation.
Although the ECC ESTREL Congress Centre is able to comply with all current hygiene regulations, the health and safety of our members and friends is certainly more important than any congress. Furthermore, the organizers want to avoid that returnees from Berlin might have to go into quarantine. These regulations in Schleswig-Holstein and Rheinland-Pfalz – and possibly in the future other federal states – as well as entry restrictions from countries that have or are risk areas, led to a massive wave of cancellations by exhibitors in the last few days.
According to the organizers it is to be feared that this situation will worsen in the near future. As a result, a sustainable and successful live congress 2020 in Berlin would no longer be possible.The SEPAWA board has therefore decided, despite considerable economic losses and costs, to hold the 67th SEPAWA Congress exclusively virtually. Nearly all presentations and exhibitors can be visited on the virtual platform. Visitors will receive further information about this shortly and also on the SEPAWA Congress website attendees will find information about the online congress.