CYTO 2021 Canceled in Brussels
Monday, September 21, 2020
ISAC Council recently made the difficult decision to cancel CYTO 2021 as a face-to-face congress in Brussels due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
These are uncertain times and while we had hoped to have an in person meeting in 2021, it has become clear that it will not be safe nor feasible to host a large scale international meeting for more than two thousand individuals in June of 2021. The health and safety of our members and community continue to be of paramount importance to us.
We have just completed a very successful CYTO Virtual 2020, attended by more than 1000 members of the cytometry community. While we all long to return to a time when we can meet, exchange ideas and learn in face-to-face meetings, CYTO Virtual showed us that our community is still strong and can be open to the changing environment of interacting with each other. ISAC is exploring many options in the virtual space to keep us all connected with the science and technology and each other. We will be meeting together in 2021 through several options you will soon hear about. You still can access the wealth of content produced for CYTO Virtual 2020 online through Friday, October 9.
We anticipate launching an improved CYTO U on a new LMS platform in January of 2021. All content at CYTO U continues to be free to all during the pandemic. The ban on face-to-face meetings around the globe has made it challenging for people to learn and exchange knowledge, so we encourage everyone to explore the wealth of quality scientific education ISAC has created and published at CYTO U.
We wish our community of cytometrists and your families good health and strength during these trying times. ISAC remains strong and the field of cytometry is more relevant than ever so we will get through this together. All of us, your colleagues and friends, are here for support. Many of the committees will be offering new interactive programs and opportunities to be involved to keep us in the forefront, but the most important role we can play is to be here for each other. Please reach out with ideas or even just to chat. The community of cytometry, represented by ISAC, has proven to be strong, interactive and resilient, so no doubt we will continue to thrive!
So until we meet again in person, we will all be together many times in the virtual world!
Sincerely, Jonni Moore