***Due to extraordinary circumstances, IPRRG 2020 has been postponed.***
A statement from the IPRRG Executive Committee:
All of us have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools, offices, restaurants and public spaces are closed in many countries, and large social gatherings have been discouraged, if not banned. There are restrictions on both international and domestic travel. In some parts of the world, residents have been ordered to stay at home. “Social distancing” has become the catch-cry everywhere. Economic markets are in turmoil. Perhaps worst of all, it is unclear when the situation is likely to improve. Even the most optimistic estimates suggest it will be a matter of months, not weeks, before we start to gain control over the pandemic.
The IPRRG Executive Committee was looking forward to hosting our annual meeting in Nairobi, Kenya in September 2020, with support from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) and CABI. This was to be our first meeting in Africa! However, because of the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the meeting until 2021. As an alternative, the Executive Committee is currently developing options for online engagement in the coming months. We intend to share details about these developments in the near future. Please stay tuned!
In the meantime, please feel free to contact any Executive Committee officer if you have any questions or concerns. Please stay safe.
With support from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) and CABI, our 2020 annual meeting will be held 7-10 September in Nairobi, Kenya. The venue will be the KEPHIS Conference Centre in Nairobi. After the meeting, there will be a three-day SDTF writing workshop. More details about the meeting and writing workshop programmes will be available soon!
Check back regularly! We will also be sharing details regarding other IPRRG activities and events planned for 2020, the International Year of Plant Health! In particular, we want to note that IPRRG is actively involved with the first International Plant Health Conference, which will be held 5-8 October 2020 in Helsinki, Finland. The IPRRG has been tasked with organizing a workshop during the conference, and we will host an additional meeting of our own on 9 October, also in Helsinki.