Following very careful consideration over the past number of weeks, and significant consultation with the ICRS 2020 Scientific Programme Committee, we regret to inform you that the ICRS Board of Directors has taken a decision to cancel both the main ICRS2020 Symposiumand the associated Satellite Symposium on Cannabinoids and Chronic Pain – originally scheduled for July 4 - 9 in Galway, Ireland – due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Postponement to later this year was deemed not feasible due to the dynamic and uncertain nature of the COVID-19 crisis, and the consequent difficulties of selecting a new date with any degree of confidence.
This very difficult decision was not taken lightly, but is in keeping with our recent COVID-19 statements whereby the health and well-being of our membership and delegates takes precedence over all other considerations.
If you had already registered for this year’s Symposium, you will receive full reimbursement of the registration fee as soon as possible. We would be grateful for your patience and understanding as we work through the logistics on this. No funds for registration will be taken from the bank accounts of trainees who applied for ICRS Trainee Travel Awards. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE ALREADY BOOKED ACCOMMODATIONS IN GALWAY for this year’s Symposium, we strongly advise you to look carefully at the cancellation policy linked to your accommodation booking.
GO WEST BOOKINGS
IF YOU BOOKED ACCOMMODATIONS via the Go West booking site, Go West has confirmed that they will reimburse you automatically – without the need for you to take any further action. Full reimbursement will be provided (minus a €35 administration fee for accommodations bookings or a €15 administration fee for social outing bookings) as per their cancellation policy. If for some reason you DO NOT WISH to cancel the accommodation or tours booked via Go West, then you should inform them directly by emailing ICRS2020@gowest.ie before the end of this week, Friday April 10th. If the original form of payment was completed via credit card, then the refund for accommodation and/or tour fee paid will be issued direct to the credit card used for payment. If payment was made via bank transfer, Go West will contact each delegate by email to confirm the required bank details.
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY MADE TRAVEL RESERVATIONS, please contact your travel provider directly.
2020 CONFERENCE ALTERNATIVE
The Board of Directors decided against organizing a substantial virtual/online conference, due to logistical challenges, concerns around security of unpublished data, and a strong sense that this would be a poor substitute for the face-to-face collaborative discussions and social engagement that are such a central part of ICRS Symposia.
We are very grateful to these three awardees for agreeing to provide these recorded lectures which promise to be of the highest calibre, for the benefit of our Membership. These presentations also provide a mechanism to recognize and profile the outstanding achievements of these three cannabinoid scientists. Further details will follow in due course.
In addition, the ICRS Scientific Programme Committee will complete the peer-review of all abstracts and ICRS Trainee Travel Award applications submitted by the deadlines set. We will communicate the outcome of these review processes to authors and applicants in due course. Although the ICRS2020 Symposium is cancelled and there will not be any published abstract proceedings or programme, the number of abstracts received was at record levels and we feel it is important to acknowledge the effort authors have made in submitting abstracts and trainee award applications. We recognize it may be valuable for authors’ careers and CVs (particularly trainees in the final year of their studies or contracts) to be informed that their abstract was peer-reviewed and met the criteria for acceptance. For the same reason, we also wish to acknowledge Trainee Travel Award recipients, all of whom will receive an award letter and will be listed on the ICRS website.
Communication of this information to authors will not preclude submission of the same abstract to a future ICRS meeting, including ICRS2021 which will take place as planned in Jerusalem, Israel.
We are also pleased to let you know that the Board voted to hold the ICRS2022 meeting in Galway, Ireland.
Finally, we would like to thank all of the members of the Board of Directors, the Scientific Programme Committee and the National University of Ireland Galway for very valuable input, advice and support in reaching the decisions communicated herein. Further, a sincere word of thanks to all of the Members of ICRS, all ICRS2020 registrants, abstract authors, and our kind sponsors, for your patience and support over the past weeks as we have navigated this unprecedented and challenging situation.
David Finn, Ph.D.
Melanie Kelly, Ph.D Executive Director
Jason Schechter, Ph.D.
Managing Director International Cannabinoid Research Society
We'll see you in Galway 2022
This year, we were proud to share the beauty of Galway with our ICRS2020 Delegates worldwide. We look forward to holding an upcoming annual ICRS Symposium on the Cannabinoids in such a spectacular venue.
DUB airport has direct flights from a number of North American/Canadian cities (East and West Coast), extensive direct flights from a large number of European and UK cities, and also good connections with Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Africa.
Advanced booking is still strongly advised. Buses depart frequently. Delayed flight? Your ticket will be valid on the next bus, provided there are spare seats available. Some buses travel non-stop to Galway, while others have one stop in Dublin City before travelling onwards to Galway.
Irish Rail offers 9 daily train transfers from Dublin City center (Heuston Station) to Galway City center. However, there is no train station at Dublin Airport, so a 30 – 45 minute bus/taxi journey from the airport to Heuston station is required.
Sponsors fund our Student Travel Awards
We cannot thank our sponsors enough. Without their kind support, we would not be able to facilitate Trainee Awards. A major feature of our Annual Symposia has been to facilitate the next generation of cannabinoid scholars by supporting their participation. ICRS is a registered charity (U.S. 501(c)3) and so we are able to use the funds provided by our sponsors to ensure that there is a reduced burden for early career researchers to meet the world leaders in cannabinoid research.
Would you like to become an ICRS Sponsor?
ICRS welcomes collaboration with all legitimate, academic support organizations. ICRS sponsorship supports Trainee Awards, to facilitate participation of our undergraduate, pre- and post-Doctoral Members.