Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends,
We hope that you are still doing well and that the Covid 19 has spared you , as your relatives and teams.
The sanitary situation in France is worrying and the descriptions that the French Prime Minister has made yesterday show that a safe future with a return towards a stable situation cannot be predicted at this stage. We have also learned recently that the dates of opening of the winter resorts are still under discussion, and that the restaurants are supposed to be allowed to open only January 20, 2021. All this will obviously depend on what will happen during the Christmas-New Eve periods with the hope that a third infectious wave will not hit us in January…
We have put in balance all these uncertainties and came to the conclusion that despite all efforts that we could make with Europa organization and the Congress Centre Henri Oreiller to provide a proper and safe meeting , it would be too risky to organize the 41st edition of the ABCWIN meeting next January.
We have thus decided with a heavy heart to cancel the both the ABC session scheduled on Sunday January 17 and the WIN sessions that were supposed to be held between Monday January 18 till Thursday January 21, 2021.
We understand your disappointment and share it. Our Val d’Isère meeting has always been considered as a high level scientific gathering that associated novative presentations and strong free discussions by all participants, praised by all of you and held in a friendly social atmosphere. There was a danger that these characteristics could not come up to the mark.
As we have promised it previously, the registrations to the ABCWIN meeting 2021 that you may have already paid will be reimbursed to you.
A hopefully good news however in this doldrums: we are happy to announce you that the 2022 session of the Val d’Isère ABCWIN meeting will be held on January 16 (for the ABC day on the same topic “The Limbic System” ) and between January 17 to 21 for the WIN. We hope to seeing all of you there.
Counting on your understanding and support, we wish you a Merry Christmas and , we dare to say it, a new year with thrilling projects that will allow us to forget the sadness that we have lived these last months. Please take good care of yourself.
With all our warmest regards
Serge BRACARD - Georges RODESCH - Luc PICARD
Monday 14th of December 2020