May 4, 2020 — Although the 2020 ASTRO Annual Meeting is still months away, the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Board of Directors has decided to transition its live meeting in Miami to an immersive and interactive virtual meeting that will occur over the same dates, October 25-28.
ASTRO President Thomas J. Eichler, M.D., FASTRO, stated in a written announcement that this decision was based on our overwhelming concern for the safety and well-being of ASTRO's members, their patients, exhibitors, staff and the families of all involved. Eichler stated:
"As president of ASTRO, I've seen first-hand what goes into planning a meeting of this magnitude over the past 18 months. Making this decision now allows us to focus our full efforts on providing a comprehensive and groundbreaking virtual meeting — like none other you have experienced. The 2020 ASTRO Annual Meeting — Global Oncology: Radiation Therapy In A Changing World — will include a complete Annual Meeting experience from the Presidential Symposium, to the Plenary Session and Clinical Trials; from Education and Scientific Sessions, to an interactive Exhibit Hall; innovative networking opportunities and so much more.
"The scientific research presented at the Annual Meeting is an invaluable asset to both academic and community radiation oncology practices around the world. Our unwavering commitment to you is to disseminate this critical cancer research in a unique and engaging way. The Program Planning Committee has already selected more than 120 education, workshop, masterclass and panel sessions, as well as more than 2,500 abstracts that will be delivered in oral or poster sessions."
Eichler stated that the Board will continue to update its members as plans for the meeting unfold. You can view this available information in ASTRO's initial FAQs, which will be updated regularly.
"Although we will miss the opportunity to see each other face to face in Miami this fall, we look forward to delivering a world-class 2020 Annual Meeting experience," Eichler concluded. "Thank you for all that you do for ASTRO and, most importantly, for those we serve: our patients. You have my deepest appreciation. I look forward to seeing you virtually in Miami! Stay safe, be well."
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