Information on Coronavirus and 2020 IPOS World Congress

March 12, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is of concern to all and has been the subject of much discussion between the members of the IPOS 2020 World Congress Scientific committee and the IPOS Board.

We have decided to postpone the meeting which was to be held in Kyoto from 16-19 June 2020 until August 2020 as per the dates listed below.  These dates reflect the nature of the Congress which is a shared initiative between IPOS and the Japanese Psycho-Oncology Society and take into account specific religious and holiday observances in Japan.

Tuesday 11th August 2020: Joint Meeting 2020 Day1 & IPOS Board Meeting
Wednesday 12th August: IPOS 2020 Day1 & Joint Meeting Day2
Thursday 13th August: IPOS 2020 Day2
Friday 14th August: IPOS 2020 Day3
Saturday 15th August: Academy Workshop

The venue for the revised dates remains the same – International Conference Center, Kyoto

It is not possible to reschedule the Congress in Kyoto to any other time because the venue is not available. Rescheduling rather than cancelling means that IPOS does not face a financial penalty.

The health and wellbeing of our members and the patients and communities to which they would return after the Congress is uppermost in our decision-making. We recognise that the situation is evolving rapidly and will maintain vigilance as we move towards our re-scheduled meeting in August.

Member of the IPOS Board are enormously grateful to our colleagues from the Japanese Psycho-Oncology Society who have been both responsive and gracious throughout our discussions. Our deepest concerns are for our colleagues whose personal and professional lives have been impacted by this pandemic and our ongoing support for them, which I know will be offered by our IPOS community, is so important.

Jane Turner, MBBS,PhD, FRANZCP
President, International Psycho-Oncology Society

February 20, 2020

The International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) and the World Congress committee is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus globally, particularly in Asia. Currently the IPOS World Congress is planned to be taking place as scheduled.

Further announcements will be provided if there are any updates for the congress pertaining to the coronavirus. Our sympathies are with those people affected in China and around the world.

You may refer to the website of the Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for the current status of Coronavirus in Japan and the Johns Hopkins Univ. real-time COVID-19 mapping.


Yosuke Uchitomi
Yosuke Uchitomi
The Congress Chair of IPOS 2020

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