The ICHS Board, in its meeting of 26 January, has had to take an important decision regarding the organization of its XXIIIrd Congress, to be held in Poznań.
The public health situation induced by the COVID-19 pandemic has already forced the Board to postpone the Congress from 2020 to 2021. Unfortunately, the disease is still spreading worldwide and the current progress of vaccinations does not yet allow us to ensure that participants from all continents will be able to travel to Poland. There is a consensus on the part of both the Board and the Organizing Committee on the need to keep the form of the Congress face to face, thus avoiding the scenario of a virtual meeting.
Therefore the Board unanimously, in accordance with the Organizing Committee, has agreed to postpone the Congress to August 2022.
The Board is well aware of the necessity to maintain the contact with ICHS Members in the meantime and will thus convene the General Assemblies – normally held during the Congress – on April 12 and May 17, 2021. These meetings will take place online at 1 pm CET on each date. The agenda and the corresponding documentation will be sent to ICHS Members ahead of the first General Assembly. Each National Committee as well as Affiliated Commission will be asked to nominate their delegates before April 1st. The General Assemblies will be presented with the approved applications for the new Board members as well as with the proposals for the next Congress, which we suggest to move to 2026 to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of ICHS.