Citing the growing threat of the coronavirus, the American Physical Society (APS), the 55,000 member professional society for physicists and researchers in associated fields, cancelled its largest meeting of the year just 34 hours before it was supposed to begin. APS’s March Meeting was to be held this week at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, and the society anticipated more than 10,000 people from all over the world would attend. However, late yesterday, APS issued a statement abruptly calling off the meeting.
“The decision to cancel was based on the latest scientific data being reported, and the fact that a large number of attendees at this meeting are coming from outside the U.S.,” including countries where the virus is circulating and for which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advised people to avoid non-essential travel, the APS statement says. “[T]his decision was made out of deep concern for the health and well-being of our registrants, staff, vendors, and the Denver community.”Best wishes to all involved, including the people who had been traveling internationally to get to Denver. In related news, the latest statement from the American Chemical Society is as follows:
ACS is closely monitoring the evolving situation related to COVID-19. At present, #ACSPhilly is on schedule. We encourage people to check http://acs.org for our official statement on current meeting plans. (1/2)
Any updates or changes will be sent to registered #ACSPhilly attendees as well as posted on the homepage (2/2)You gotta feel bad for anyone who's sitting on the Committee for Meetings and Expositions for ACS - making this kind of call is no fun.