As a result of the continuing global uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the MND Association has taken the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s International Symposium on ALS/MND. This follows detailed consultation with the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations and our 2020 hosts
ALS Canada and ALS Quebec.
We have considered many factors over recent weeks, including the potential for global travel, rules around gatherings and social distancing, and the financial implications of the various scenarios open to us. Of course, none of us can be sure what restrictions will be in place in December, when the Symposium was due to take place. It was that lack of certainty which became the overriding factor in our decision-making. By cancelling now, we have limited the financial risk to the MND Association at a time when, like many charities, we are facing a considerable fall in income.
We appreciate how disappointing this news will be to all of those involved in supporting and attending both the Alliance meetings and the Symposium over recent years – we share your disappointment.
Our teams are now working hard to create alternative opportunities to exchange the latest exciting advances in research and clinical management and to ensure global collaboration continues. Our current focus is the creation of a Virtual Symposium later this year – we will bring you more details on that over the coming weeks.