The Swiss Society of Radiology (SGR-SSR) and its associated sub-societies, as well as the Swiss Society of Nuclear Medicine (SGNM-SSMN) and the Swiss Association of Radiographers (SVMTRA-ASTRM) have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely and evaluated its potential impact on the SCR’20.
After careful evaluation of the situation and in light of the state of emergency declared by the Swiss authorities as well as the World Health Organization characterization of COVID-19 as a pandemic, we came to the conclusion that holding or postponing a large medical conference, like ours, would neither be feasible nor appropriate and, thus, made the difficult decision to cancel the SCR’20.
Protecting the health and well-being of all attendees and exhibitors, as well as the patients that our participating radiologists, physicians, radiographers, physicists and other medical professionals treat every day, especially in these difficult times, is our highest priority.
We have dedicated months towards planning this meeting and it will take some time to take the necessary steps with each of the persons involved. We kindly ask everyone affected by this decision to act with patience and understanding while we redirect our efforts. Our team will work diligently with you over the next few weeks to handle the situation in the best possible way.
All registration fees for the congress, workshops as well as society evening will be refunded. Our office will contact you as soon as possible regarding the reimbursement procedure. It is also our office’s priority to contact our industry partners without delay. We sincerely want to thank them for their efforts and enthusiasm in supporting our event. We also deeply thank all our colleagues, speakers, moderators and all other people involved in our congress. Your continous support is of utmost importance.
While we are extremely disappointed that we have to cancel our annual meeting, we have to concentrate on the most important aspect at the moment: support slowing-down the spread of this virus. We hope that you all stay safe and we look forward, more than ever, to seeing you all for the SCR’21!
With our best regards,
Prof. Hatem Alkadhi
Congress President SGR-SSR
Dr. Cristian Antonescu
Congress President SGNM-SSMN
Mr. Patrick Vorlet
Congress President SVMTRA-ASTRM