The Biochemical Society has been monitoring developments and advice from the UK Government and World Health Organisation (WHO) since the emergence of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in January.

The Biochemical Society has taken the decision to postpone or cancel all of its face-to-face scientific meetings and training events scheduled in 2020. This difficult decision has been made by the Society’s Council of Trustees in light of the developing situation both within the UK and worldwide. We will publish information regarding specific events on their respective pages and be in touch with registered delegates as soon as we can.

All delegate registration fees will be refunded in full. If you have any queries, please get in touch with our Conferences and Events team.

On Thursday 12 March, the UK Chief Medical Officers advised the UK Government to raise the risk level to the public posed by Covid-19 to high. This comes as the Government announced the UK is moving out of the ‘contain’ phase of the outbreak to ‘delay’, with corresponding changes to advice for individuals. 

We will continue to monitor the Government advice and will update information regarding the rest of our 2020 events programme (from September onwards) on our webpage, via social media channels and email delegates directly as soon as possible.

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The Biochemical Society and its publisher Portland Press are committed to supporting dissemination of scientific expertise surrounding the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak and have signed a joint statement committing to rapid and open sharing of research data and findings relevant to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. From 31 January 2020 paywalls to all applicable published articles were lifted and all new papers relevant to the outbreak are being published open access. Authors are also encouraged to post submitted versions of articles as preprints.

The information in this post reflects current knowledge at the time of its writing, indicated by the date below.

Updated: 13 March 2020
First posted: 4 March 2020