It is with deep regret that we inform you of the cancellation of the 2020 SSSL conference in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This past week, in particular, has made it clear that we cannot continue to host the conference ethically, financially, or safely. It is out of concern for you, our members, and the communities to which you contribute, that we make this very hard decision.
As this conference will not be rescheduled, SSSL is prepared to refund the registration fees of all participants, minus any Paypal surcharges, although this may take a few weeks to process. Alternatively, we hope that registered attendees, particularly those who are able, consider donating their registration fees to SSSL as a tax-deductible gift. Let us know directly at email@example.com what option you prefer.
Please be patient as we sort out any remaining details and questions. Thank you again for your support of the Society, and we hope to see you in 2022.
Lisa Hinrichsen, SSSL President
Please click below to download the most recent version of our 2020 Conference Program.
SSSL 2020 and COVID-19
The SSSL 2020 Conference Committee is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and its impacts globally. Based on the data and our careful consideration of the situation in the United States and locally in Fayetteville, SSSL is proceeding with the conference as planned.
There are currently no confirmed cases in Arkansas. Individual risk is dependent on exposure, which means for most Americans that risk is low. However, COVID-19, like the flu, is something we should take seriously.
In partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is closely monitoring both the COVID-19 virus around the world and the widespread occurrence of influenza and other respiratory viruses across Arkansas. We continue to advise that all travelers stay vigilant and follow the travel recommendations from the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention.
We will continue to actively monitor the situation and will provide additional information and guidance as necessary.