As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, SNOMED International recognizes the continued risk to health and wellbeing the virus poses to each facet of our global community. This reality, coupled with international travel restrictions has made many locations worldwide not in a position to host our April Business Meetings.
The General Assembly Executive, Management Board and I have therefore made the decision to hold the forthcoming Business Meetings as a fully virtual event from April 19-22, 2021.
The Communications Team is currently configuring new events tooling, including an enhanced events platform and mobile app that will provide a cohesive experience for our community. The platform will focus on seamless Zoom integration, and has increased networking functionality for our attendees, like 1:1 video chat and the ability to set up spontaneous breakout groups.
This means that the April 2021 Business Meetings will be coordinated with more structure than those held virtually in 2020, including a formal registration process, central platform and schedule, multimedia SNOMED CT Community Updates, featured Keynote speaker and our Open General Assembly, open to all to attend.
We encourage the Chairs of our working groups to request meeting time via this form if you have yet to do so.
Registration for the event is set to open in mid February, when further announcements will be sent. Currently, we plan to next convene face to face for the October Business Meetings and SNOMED CT Expo 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal from October 23-29. This decision will continue to be assessed as the global situation persists.
I thank you for your ongoing support and encourage you to reach out to us with any questions or inquiries you have as a result of this decision.
CEO, SNOMED International
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