Update COVID-19

IWMPI 2020 Update on June 18, 2020

The outbreak of the corona infection caught us all unprepared. While in March 2020 social life was consequently frozen, and we decided to shift the 10th IWMPI to September 2020, it now seems that some facets of public life are reopening. This goes hand in hand with appropriate precautions, so that further relaxation of the closures is called for. The situation in Germany is such that major events are prohibited until October 2020.

The 10th International Workshop on Magnetic Particle Imaging (IWMPI 2020 – www.iwmpi.org) would not fall into the category of major events. However, while Germany currently has a smooth infection dynamics, the situation in other countries is far more tense, and it is to be feared that the relaxation of corona counter measures in Germany could lead to a second wave of infection in autumn. This could lead to further travel restrictions that would confuse our conference schedule.

In view of these uncertainties in predicting the dynamics of infection, and in order to protect the participants of the IWMPI 2020, we have decided to hold the

10th International Workshop on Magnetic Particle Imaging
(IWMPI 2020 –
www.iwmpi.org)
as an Online Workshop Event
September 6-8, 2020

Details will follow. We cordially invite you to participate in this inspiring workshop with outstanding speakers from the field of MPI research and constructive discussions. We have acquired the technical online-conference setup from a professional media agency, so we are convinced that the IWMPI 2020 will once again be an outstanding digital live-streaming event. We look forward to welcoming you to the online workshop event and encourage you and your colleagues to participate in this exciting meeting.


IWMPI 2020 Update on March 7, 2020

The postponement of this year's IWMPI to September 7-9, 2020 gives us the opportunity to reopen the submission portal for short papers (talks and posters). The results of the reviews of the previous submissions will remain unchanged. However, the program structure may change depending on new contributions. The new deadline for submissions is June 29, 2020. With the following link you may launch your submission.

Due to the short time to the regular IWMPI in March 2021, it is currently under discussion that the IWMPI 2021 will be cancelled and the eleventh IWMPI will then take place at the regular rhythm in March 2022.


Additional information on train tickets. March 3, 2020

Customers who no longer wish to travel can have their ticket refunded free of charge. The same applies with immediate effect to passengers with a DB ticket for whom the specific reason for travel is no longer applicable due to the coronavirus (e.g. official cancellation of a trade fair, concert, sports event or similar). The free refund also applies in the event that a booked hotel in the destination (possibly abroad) is under quarantine. We kindly ask affected customers to contact the sales outlets and customer service channels of DB.

https://www.deutschebahn.com/de/presse/pressestart_zentrales_uebersicht/Corona-Virus-DB-umfassend-vorbereitet-4974568


IWMPI 2020 Update on March 2, 2020

We have received a significant number of worried enquiries from international participants regarding the actual situation. The workshop chairs have been monitoring recent developments of the coronavirus situation closely. While Germany is still a safe place to travel to, the chairs decided that we do not want to expose any members of our community to unnecessary risks.

So as of today, the workshop is postponed to September 7-9, 2020.

Please see these dates as tentative information as they are subject to availability of the conference site. All workshop registrations and accepted contributions will be transferred to the new dates and stay intact. We are planning to offer a new deadline for additional "hot topic" contributions on recent research that you will want to share with all of us in September.

We hope that with this decision we are accommodating the majority of the participants. We felt that moving the dates now will make it easier for all of you to re-arrange bookings than waiting until the last day to decide whether IWMPI could take place as planned or not.

We will soon post a follow up on this mail with more information.

Sincerely,
V. Behr, T. Bley, T. Buzug, T. Knopp
Workshop Chairs


IWMPI 2020 Update on March 1, 2020

In response to various requests that have reached us within the last few days, the IWMPI Organization Committee would like to give an update regarding its annual meeting, the upcoming IWMPI 2020. Please be assured that the Organization Committee is taking all concerns very seriously.

On March 1, 2020 there are no official restrictions for events in Würzburg:

https://www.wuerzburg.de/themen/gesundheit-soziales/coronavirus/index.html.

We will update this information if the situation changes. But please note that attending IWMPI 2020 is completely voluntary and your personal decision.

For risk assessment for Germany please read the information of the Robert Koch Institute:

https://www.rki.de/EN/Home/homepage_node.html

The RKI's current risk assessment for Germany (information in German)

ECDC information on COVID-19, including risk assessments

COVID-19 pages from the World Health Organization (WHO)

If you are presenter of a talk and not feeling comfortable with attending onsite or are not feeling well, the Organization Committee would recommend using our online presentation option. Please contact us via info@iwmpi.org to check the technical setup. If you are a poster presenter and not feeling comfortable with attending onsite or are not feeling well, the Organization Committee would recommend using our poster print service. Please mail your pdf-file to info@iwmpi.org latest on March 23, 2020. Both options are without any additional costs.

Hygiene recommendations - Protect yourself and others from getting sick
As good hand hygiene has become increasingly important in light of the recent developments in the field of public health, the IWMPI Organization Committee would like to refer to the hand hygiene guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO) in an effort to continuously help protect against infection. These recommendations not only refer to COVID-19 and the Influenza, but also to a variety of infectious diseases. 

Hands to heart
Along with maintaining good hand hygiene practices and in acknowledgment of scientific data on the success factors for the reduction of disease transmission, we recommend that participants avoid shaking hands at the congress. Instead, let us greet one another onsite by placing a hand on our chest. We have adopted this measure from the European Society of Radiology (ESR). Thanks for this wonderful idea.

For more information on hand hygiene, see ‘The evidence for clean hands’ by the World Health Organization. Available here

General precautions and hand hygiene
The IWMPI Organization Committee adheres completely to the directives of the German Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The following precautions are recommended, in accordance with the WHO:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with water and soap
  • When sneezing or coughing, cover mouth and nose with a tissue (not your hands!) or sneeze or cough in the crook of your arm; discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid direct contact with sick people
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Should you seek medical assistance while on-site, please contact the registration desk.