The safety and well-being of our participants is our priority. With the continued resurgence of COVID-19 along with the continued CDC guidelines prohibiting large or even moderately-sized public gatherings, it makes it an impossibility to hold the in-person event as originally planned.
The organizing committee is moving IUS 2021 to a fully virtual conference. We were looking forward to seeing everyone in Xi’an, China, but we are excited for the opportunity to innovate an engaging virtual conference. The organizing committee is now working to create a virtual conference that will be rewarding for both presenters and attendees.
Immediate guidance for authors is given below. We are actively discussing several options, with full details to be announced soon.
Information for Authors
The abstract submission deadline will be April 7, 2021, and the submission portal will open in January 2021. An announcement will be sent to the IUS mailing lists when submission is opened.
More details on the presentation formats will be announced as soon as possible.
Virtual Conference Dates
The virtual conference will be held between September 12 – 15, 2021, as these are the dates people have allocated to attend the conference. We expect most participants will still commit their time during this window to participate in the conference, and have discussions with fellow researchers around the world.
Please review any previously confirmed travel, and proceed with contacting those providers for cancellation policies. You may want to consider the following advice:
- Flights: Many airlines are waiving the change fee on Non-Refundable Fare tickets provided you bought a ticket within a certain time window. Many airlines are also offering refunds if travel is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check whether your preferred airline has enacted such policies.
- Hotels: If you have made a hotel reservation, please contact the hotel or booking agent directly to cancel as soon as possible to avoid any fees.