24th April 2020
|We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe during these challenging times.|
Melissa and I, along with the entire sexuality and social work conference organising committee, wish to be transparent and honest with our members about our upcoming conference in Mumbai, India.
As you all know by now, the COVID-19 pandemic is very serious and poses a number of challenges on a global scale. Our Mumbai conference, which was slated to take place in November 2020 will now be postponed until November 2021.
We have made this decision because of reports that travel to the region may be more complicated than they were pre-pandemic and we want all of us to be able to celebrate our research and collective work safely without fear of complications caused by the pandemic.
We understand this might be upsetting for some people who were really looking forward to the conference and to present their research, but whilst we have no option other than to postpone it, we have some exciting virtual events planned before then.
We will continue to review abstracts (please bear with us as there will be a delay in notifications) as planned. If you have submitted an abstract and this is accepted, you will have the option to keep the same abstract for the November 2021 conference. Or if you wish, you can withdraw the abstract and submit a new one.
We are excited to be hosting a series of webinars and online talks for our members on what would have been the first day of the 2020 conference. We will be approaching authors who have submitted abstracts to ask whether they would like to be a part of this webinar.
Of course, we do not expect anybody to register at this stage, however, if you have already registered for November 2020, you can either request a refund, or we can keep your registration fee for next year. We cannot refund travel/hotel arrangements, but we can refund the conference fees if you wish.
These are indeed strange times, and we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.
Keep well and stay safe.
Alfonso, Melissa, Ketki, and Shubhada