quality, vitality and health in the 21st century
an international conference
4th – 6th of March 2021
16 September 2020
What a different world we are living in 6 months after our last communication with you. Apologies for our silence. As we imagine with most people, the past months have been about trying to get our bearings and to regroup.
There is no question that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as it continues to affect people in disproportionate ways around the world, has made the aims and objectives of our collective conference that much more important for so many reasons. As so many commentators have pointed out (not least many of you), this pandemic has amplified/exposed/highlighted so many of the inequalities as well as forms of marginalization and discrimination that have always shaped chronic living in different parts of the world - whether as concerns healthcare systems and healthcare workers that have been/continue to be overwhelmed, shocking unevenness in terms of access to healthcare which has been made even more difficult under lockdown, all those people living with “underlying conditions” that put them particularly “at risk” of hospitalization and death from COVID-19, or all those who are currently living chronically with what has come to be known as “Long COVID”.
There will be quite a lot of information in this mail so please bear with us.
- The first news to share with you is that Chronic Living will be going ahead as previously informed from the 4th to the 6th of March 2021 as a hybrid conference that will allow for both physical (at the Scandic Hotel venue) and online participation. For safety reasons (to ensure physical distancing) we will be capping the maximum number of people who can attend physically at the conference venue (exact number to be determined) with all others participating online.
- We therefore ask that you let us know whether you would like to: a) participate in person at the conference venue in Copenhagen; b) participate virtually online (and from which time zone!); c) withdraw from the Chronic Living conference. Please could you let us know by 30 September 2020 at the latest by following the link you have received by email and click on edit profile.
- Given the uncertain times we are living in there is a very real possibility that the entire conference will be held online depending on which travel and safety restrictions are in place come March 2021.
- Conference fees will remain unchanged and we are unfortunately no longer able to offer any travel bursaries. We appreciate your understanding. Due to the cancellation/postponement earlier this year we have incurred substantial financial losses coupled with extra costs as we transition into a hybrid offline-online conference.
Once we have a sense of how many will be participating in March next year and your respective preferred form of participation, we will re-commence work in collaboration with all open panel conveners to make all relevant adjustments to the conference programme. In the meantime we are hard at work trying to identify the best possible online platform with which to engage. Happily there have been a few conferences that have been successfully held during the summer months showing us that it is possible.
Please do follow the instructions in the email you have recieved and let us know of how you plan/hope to participate by the 30th of September 2020 at the latest.
We look forward to restarting the many important conversations that our call for panels and papers has already generated.