The cancellation announcement of the 2020 Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics.
Yesterday, the UK Government moved from the containment to the delay phase for the COVID-19 outbreak. This phase is intended to slow the spread of the virus so the NHS can provide care as effectively as possible.
On behalf of the Hamlyn Symposium conference committee, we regret to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics, due to the ongoing threat posed by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Symposium attracts around 600 international delegates each year, representing numerous countries around the world. We deemed it necessary to cancel the conference after the World Health Organization identified COVID-19 as a global pandemic.
Our priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our participants, our staff, our corporate sponsors, and exhibitors. With individuals attending the conference from all over the world, we know that this is both disappointing and challenging from a planning perspective.
We extend our gratitude to the programme, organising and workshop committees, our keynote speakers, sponsors and to all who submitted a paper. We are grateful for your support and we are all looking forward to running a successful symposium in June 2021.
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Erh-Ya (Asa) Tsui
Department of Computing