Updates on the 2020 Scientific Conference, IACR Noumea

19 June 2020

The IACR Board has recently released an official statement explaining the decision to cancel the 2020 IACR Scientific Conference, scheduled to hold in Noumea, New Caledonia later this year.

Below are details of the announcement:

Dear Colleagues,

Since March 2020, the IACR Board, in close consultation with the Cancer Registry of New Caledonia, has been assessing the feasibility of proceeding with the organisation of this year’s Annual Scientific Conference scheduled on 13-15 October  in Noumea.

With regret, we write to inform our members and the cancer registry community that in the face of the evolving pandemic, the 2020 Scientific Conference, IACR Noumea will not go ahead.

We thank everyone who has contributed to organizing the Conference and those who had planned to participate.  Registered participants, those who completed abstract submissions and our invited speakers and guests will be contacted individually with further details and to coordinate reimbursements of any fee payments.

We will soon be coming back to you about plans for the IACR Scientific Conference for 2021, after we have consulted with the possible local hosts on their respective situations.

We understand that the efforts of many of our members must now be focussed on the public health crisis in their regions. We will not be organising an IACR-wide virtual conference but we would like to stay in contact with you through an initiative to assess the impact of the pandemic on registry operations around the world.  You will hear from us shortly with more details about this.

Allow us to express our appreciation for your continued support and involvement with the Association. Please be assured that the IACR Board and Secretariat remain at your service as we work remotely.  Feel free to contact us through iacr@iarc.fr for any question or concerns.

With our best wishes,

Joanne Aitken, President, IACR and

Sylvie Laumond, Director, Cancer Registry of New Caledonia and Regional Representative for Oceania, IACR Board of Directors