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NPA Annual Conference: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Tuesday, March 3, 2020   (3 Comments)
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UPDATE: March 10, 2020

After consideration of all options, it is with great regret that the National Postdoctoral Association is canceling its 2020 Annual Conference, set to take place in San Diego, California on March 27-29. Based on rapidly evolving COVID-19 developments, especially the state of emergency declared in California and the implementation of travel restriction policies at many of our member institutions, the NPA leadership finds this the best and safest course of action. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this particularly trying time in global history.

The NPA will refund registration costs to our attendees. We are working on how to accomplish this most efficiently and we ask that you please allow up to four weeks before connecting with our staff. We encourage attendees to cancel their travel and lodging arrangements.

We deeply appreciate the time and effort put forth by our dedicated volunteers, sponsors, speakers, board, and staff to produce this year’s Annual Conference. The NPA is proactively exploring other options to showcase the content and will communicate our plans for moving forward as soon as more detailed information is available. As always, we welcome your ideas for creating new and innovative opportunities for our community and thank you for your support.

UPDATE: March 6, 2020

The NPA continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving developments pertaining to the novel coronavirus. We are aware of the travel restrictions being put into place by a few of our attendees’ institutions and we are in the process of exploring the options. We are writing today to assure you that everyone’s health and safety are our top priorities and we are working diligently to make the best possible decision. We are committed to open communication and we will contact you with more details early next week. Attendees who have questions can contact the NPA by email at or by phone at 301-984-4800.

March 3, 2020

The National Postdoctoral Association’s highest priority is the safety, health, and well-being of our Annual Conference attendees. Members of the NPA Board of Directors and NPA staff are carefully tracking the latest reports on coronavirus and are monitoring the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) both in the United States and abroad. 

At this time, we expect that the Annual Conference will proceed as planned. However, we realize that this is a dynamic situation and as such, the NPA will continue to track this situation closely. The NPA is planning to implement additional measures to provide a safe and healthy environment for conference attendees, while encouraging all attendees to follow appropriate guidelines and protocols as suggested by the CDC, WHO and other national, state, and local health authorities.

Please note that our standard policy applies for any cancellations. For cancellations through March 13, 2020, a 50 percent refund less a $25 processing fee will be issued. No refunds will be made for cancellations after March 13, 2020. Exceptions to the cancellation deadline of March 13, 2020 will be made for attendees who are not able to attend the conference due to government restricted travel or airline restrictions. Attendees are responsible for travel and lodging cancellation or change fees. 

Please refer to the NPA conference website for any new developments—we will update this page as information becomes available. We will email our registered attendees directly if there are any changes made to the Annual Conference schedule that may impact travel plans. Thank you for patience during this challenging time.


Stephanie Rellick says...
Posted Monday, March 9, 2020
So I have seen that the Experimental Biology Meeting (in California) and the Society of Toxicology (in California) have both cancelled their large meetings in an effort to try and limit exposure. Will we be receiving any updates soon, as the deadline is approaching this week and individuals may need to make a decision about cancelling if you are choosing to still proceed with the scheduled meeting.
Administration says...
Posted Friday, March 6, 2020
Thank you for your feedback.
Amy M. Barrios Ph.D., University of Utah says...
Posted Thursday, March 5, 2020
Since California declared a state of emergency earlier today, it has been added the the "restricted travel" list for many Universities. Many may need to cancel their travel and it would be very helpful to update the cancellation policy appropriately.