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In light of the developments over the past week in relation to COVID-19 and in an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our attendees and the people they serve, we have made the decision to postpone PPNW to the summer of 2021.

We recognize the commitment of presenters, sponsors and our Scientific Committee who contributed to the success of the conference and acknowledge the disappointment we all share in not being able to continue with the event as planned. However, the need to postpone became apparent in light of the developments over this past week, including elevated warnings from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the World Health Organization and British Columbia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, growing travel restrictions worldwide, and increasing concerns expressed by attendees.

The administrators from UBC Conferences (e-mail: will be organizing refunds for those delegates who have already registered for the conference. Please be patient with the administrators regarding your refund, as everything is very hectic at the university during this difficult time. If you have booked accommodation at UBC for the conference, please e-mail to cancel your booking.

This moment in our history transcends this event. It is a time for all of us to come together and take care of each other. Thank you for your support of PPNW 2020! We are looking at options to re-schedule in 2021. Please check back on the website for future updates.

Kind regards,

PPNW 2020 Organizing Committee

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