POSTPONED – Our Plants, Our Future
20th April 2020 - 21st April 2020Free – £150.00
BSPP meetings and Covid 19
Like many other societies, we’re faced with a number of difficult choices concerning Covid-19. The immediate decisions we need to make are whether to go ahead with Our Plants, Our Future (OPOF) at the end of April, and the Write Now! workshop in the second week of April.
We are closely following and will be guided by government policy and Public Health England recommendations on Covid-19. None of the current guidelines preclude holding the meetings. The Royal Society continues to host meetings.
We also have to take into account that individual organisations are imposing restrictions on staff movements and interactions with colleagues, based on their own risk assessments. These measures have already caused one group of registered participants to withdraw from OPOF. We believe that others will follow suit and that those considering attendance will be increasingly reluctant to do so.
We have therefore decided to postpone OPOF to later in this financial year, as permitted by The Royal Society. Our financial commitments remain. We will announce a new date for OPOF as soon as possible, taking into account availability at The Royal Society and other events in the scientific calendar. All existing registrations and invitations remain valid and will be carried forward.
The Write Now! workshop is a much smaller meeting and will be held in a remote area of rural Kent. We still plan to hold this event, subject to any government restrictions. We will also consult participants before making a final decision on whether to go ahead. We expect to make this decision in the next few days.
Eric Boa, on behalf of the BSPP board
13 March 2020