***Due to extraordinary circumstances, our next annual meeting has been postponed until 2022.***
A statement from the IPRRG Executive Committee:
All of us have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools, offices, restaurants and public spaces were closed in many countries for much of 2020 and into 2021, and large social gatherings were discouraged, if not banned. Some of these policies have returned with the emergence of highly contagious variants. Restrictions on both international and domestic travel have been extended (or new ones imposed). Social distancing, masking, and testing have become standard protocols everywhere. Perhaps worst of all, it is unclear when the situation is likely to improve, despite the increasing availability of effective vaccines.
As you’ll probably remember, 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 2022. As soon as we have dates, we’ll share them here, so stay tuned! In the meantime, we encourage you to attend IPRRG’s monthly webinars!
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.