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Dear colleagues, dear friends and ÖGAI members,

For months we have been following the developments of the coronavirus pandemic in Germany, Austria and of course worldwide. Based on the recommendations and guidelines of the State of Lower Saxony, the RKI, as well as the COVID-19 Task Force of the MHH, it is with great regret that we have to inform you that our joint DGfI/ÖGAI Annual Meeting in September cannot take place. Even a later date in 2020 is not possible due to the various uncertainties in times of this pandemic and of course “safety first” applies.

After examining various options and in consultation with the DGfI/ÖGAI advisory boards, we also decided against a virtual conference, because our annual meetings traditionally live from personal encounters, and unfortunately these cannot be replaced virtually.

Together with the DGfI/ÖGAI boards we are working on an alternative for a joint annual meeting in spring 2021and for this the already submitted abstracts can be kept if necessary. We will inform you about further details before the summer holiday period.

A postponement to September 2021 is not possible due to the ECI meeting in Belgrade from 1-4 September 2021 – which is why we would like to take this opportunity to point out this date – save the date!

Immunology is needed more than ever in these times and so let us fight together to overcome this pandemic, which will not be possible without vaccine – and then hopefully we will see each other again in good health – at the latest in Belgrade.

Best regards and please stay healthy!

Alexander Rosenkranz, Christzibne Falk and the Organizing Committee