Dear Scientiae Community,
It is with great regret that we announce to you that the Scientiae Conference in Amsterdam in June 2020 has officially been cancelled due to the ongoing and growing threat posed by the coronavirus.
This has been a difficult decision to make since we were very much looking forward to meeting you in Amsterdam and the conference is still 12 weeks away, but our first priority is the safety and well-being of our participants. Now is not the time for international travel and organizing large conferences, even if the University of Amsterdam and the Dutch government have not (yet) instituted a travel or meeting ban for June.
We cannot predict what the situation will be like in a couple of months but since most of you will be booking flights and hotels in the near future, this seems the best course of action. We do not want you to risk your health, first and foremost, nor to risk losing money when sorting out your travel and accommodation. In addition, we are a small organization that cannot afford to cancel just a couple of weeks before the meeting and we would feel awkward about organizing a conference that is very much scaled-down and will therefore not live up to the expectations set by previous years.
We will look into postponing the meeting to a later date, either in 2020 or 2021, and inform you about this in due course. For now, we thank you again for your participation in our intellectual forum and we hope to meet you at a different time.
Sincerely, on behalf of the Executive Committee and Conference Committee,Djoeke van Netten, Stefano Gulizia, and Karen Hollewand