Thursday, 11 February 2021



Given the current Coronavirus pandemic situation, most scientific conferences have been switched to online only (like the annual nuclear physics IoP conference that I hope to attend around Easter),  rescheduled, or both (like Nuclear Photonics "2020").

I just received an email from the organisers of EXON-2021, a major international conference that is held in Russia.  They are going ahead with a face-to-face conference in St Petersburg in July.  They explicitly state "online participation is not possible. All safety measures against COVID-19 will be strictly followed".  I suppose that doesn't include the safety measure of not organising face-to-face conferences. 

I certainly don't see myself attending.  It may well not even be legal for me to travel then, and even when travelling is again legal, I'm not sure how long it will take for my University to authorise work trips to conference.  I suppose it will depend on the advice available.  I expect EXON-2021 will have a limited range of countries from which attendees will come.   It won't be the first EXON conference that I'll be a little bit wistful about missing.  A previous one was in the hard-to-visit city of Kaliningrad which would have been pretty exciting to visit, but I didn't go to it...

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