What happened to the 15th Meeting of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig 2020) in Brisbane?
iMig 2020 has been postponed to March 17 – 20, 2021 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Brisbane, Australia due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Why has iMiG 2020 been postponed?
iMig 2020 put the health and welfare of participants and the local host community at the forefront of its decision making. The increasing risk assessment regarding the spread of the COVID-19 and the travel restrictions that are changing daily led us to take this decision. We are also aware that domestic and international restrictions being imposed were impacting the ability of many colleagues from Asia and elsewhere to participate.
When and where will iMig 2021 take place?
iMig 2020 has been postponed rather than cancelled. The 15th Meeting of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group will be held in Brisbane, March 17 – 20, 2021.
Will my hotel room reservation be refunded?
If you have made a hotel room reservation within the official block of the conference partner hotels which include the Rydges South Bank Brisbane and West End Central Apartments, you will receive an email with information on the refund policy by 17:00 PST on March 10, 2020. If you have booked outside our official block, please contact the hotel directly.
Will my airfare be refunded?
Please ask your travel agent/airline and let them know you are cancelling or modifying your booking due to the postponement of iMig 2020. The responsibility for airfare bookings and refunds falls outside the scope of iMig 2020 and will be dependent on the type of fare booked and travel insurance coverage.
I am planning to attend iMig 2021 in Brisbane-can I simply transfer my registration fee to iMig 2021?
Yes, the conference is postponed rather than cancelled so we can transfer your registration to the event scheduled for March 17 – 20, 2021, at no cost. Should you change your mind or be unable to join us March 17 – 20, 2021, your registration fee will be refunded. Cancellations must be received by April 30, 2020.
Can my conference registration fee be refunded?
Yes, your registration fee can be refunded or it can be transferred to next year’s attendance. The transfer of your registration fee will guarantee the 2020 registration rates. Registration rates for 2021 are subject to an increase. Please email iMig2020firstname.lastname@example.org to request a refund by April 30, 2020.
Can my conference registration be transferred to a new delegate?
To transfer your registration to another person, please email iMig2020email@example.com with the original delegate's registration ID or full name and provide us with the new delegate's information.
Will my Conference Dinner (iMig night) and/or Additional Welcome Reception ticket be refunded?
Yes, your Conference Dinner ticket and/or Additional Welcome Reception ticket can be refunded or it can be transferred to next year’s event. Please email iMig2020firstname.lastname@example.org to request a refund by April 30, 2020.
I am an exhibitor and/or sponsor-will my fees be refunded?
We understand that the postponement of the event may affect your plans. As such, we hope that you will still be able to commit to exhibiting at and/or sponsoring the conference from March 17 – 20, 2021. If yes, then we will transfer your booth booking and/or sponsorship and guarantee the same conditions and location that was previously confirmed for 2020.
If you do decide to cancel your booth booking/sponsorship, please let us know by April 30, 2020, we will refund you fully. If you cancel your participation now then decide to join iMig 2021, we will not be able to guarantee the same location on the floor plan and/or sponsorship package. Exhibit and sponsorship rates for 2021 are also subject to change. Please email iMig2020email@example.com with your decision by April 30, 2020.
Will the cost of preparing my booth to be refunded? (Exhibit Systems)
Please contact the show service providers directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +61 2 9982 5511
As an exhibitor, I shipped materials to Brisbane for distribution in my exhibition area. Can I get this material back or can it be used next year? (Agility Fairs & Events)
Please contact the shipping service provider directly by emailing email@example.com or calling +61 7 3308 3385
Will I have to resubmit my abstract(s) for next year?
Yes, since iMig is a medical conference where research is constantly advancing, we have decided to proceed with a new Call for Abstracts. For iMig 2021, please note that we will accept resubmissions or updates of abstracts you submitted for iMig 2020.
The timeline for abstract submission and submission guidelines will be shared by May, through the iMig 2021 website. We will also send a notification via email closer to the opening date.
What will I receive proof of my abstract acceptance for iMig 2020?
The Conference Secretariat will provide all oral and poster presenters with a certification of their selection for presentation. Travel Grant Winners will be provided with award certificates. Separate emails have been sent out to applicable delegates. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received your certificate.
Is it still safe to travel to Australia if I want to meet partners even if iMig is not being held this year?
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your safety abroad. At the time of writing, the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus is currently assessed as low in Australia. Check the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) websites for the latest information. Please get in contact directly with your partners in Australia to arrange any communications and meetings as required.
The International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) is an independent international group of scientists and clinicians working to understand, cure and prevent mesothelioma.
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