IGS Annual & Scientific Meeting 2020 is Deferred

Announcement from Dr. Diarmuid O'Shea, President of the Irish Gerontological Society

Deferral of  IGS Annual & Scientific Meeting 2020

In these extraordinary times, I hope you are managing to keep pace with all the changes that are happening both in your work place and at home.

As events all over Ireland are being postponed, deferred and cancelled in light of COVID-19, we have reviewed plans for this year's Annual & Scientific Meeting at a recent IGS Executive Committee meeting.

Clearly public health guidance dictates what we can and cannot do in terms of large gatherings.  Our annual meeting now has in the region of 400 delegates and also receives great support from those working in pharmaceutical industry.  Bringing all of you together in Kilkenny this year simply makes no sense.

IGS abstract submission system has been closed

Your 2020 Scientific Committee has put a lot of work into the this year’s meeting, along with the great local organizing team in Kilkenny led by Dr. Paul Cotter and Dr. Rory McGovern.  Much to everyone’s disappointment we will not be able to run the meeting we planned and are deferring it.  In this context, we have closed our abstract submission system.

IGS is exploring options for an online Autumn programme

I am very aware many of you will have experience with the delivery of online education and training modules,  we are very open to any suggestions on digital conference platforms you might have that we should consider that would enable us to run a ‘virtual’ programme or update later in the year.  You can forward any suggestions to Miriam. miriam.ahern@irishgerontology.com

Over the next few months we plan to look at introducing a series of IGS interactive webinar meetings to begin to explore what lies ahead as the pandemic eases.  More about that in our next blog.

Thank you for the ongoing contribution you are making to the support and care of older people in their homes, communities and hospitals over these very challenging times.  Be sure to take good care of yourself too.

Kind regards

Diarmuid  O’Shea