April 2020 Newsletter and decisions due to the pandemic

Dear Alert friends,

first of all, the Board of Directors and the Bureau hope you (and your family) are doing well in these weird and difficult times…

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after careful consideration, the Bureau and the BoD have decided to cancel the ALERT workshop in 2020 — it will take place in 2021 (from September 27 to September 29).
Concerning the OZ course, we propose to postpone it to April 2021.

The election of the Board of Director was supposed to be organized this year and after discussions, it is decided to postpone it in 2021. The current Bureau and the Board will remain in charge by a prorogation of their mandate for the ordinary matters.

*All the other activities will be organized remotely:*
– for the doctoral school, we have decided to keep it for this year– it will be taught and attended remotely, though.
– we have decided not to postpone also the PhD prize as well as the invited lecture, also these two events will take place online (either pre-recording it or giving it online via one of the several available platforms for distance teaching).

You will find more information in the Editorial of the Newsletter but you can imagine how painful this decision was. It will be the first time since 1994 that we will not meet in Aussois !

Keep staying safe!

Frédéric COLLIN
ALERT Director

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