VSS and COVID-19 Update

The Vision Sciences Society meeting is scheduled to take place as planned from May 15-20 in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

VSS is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and the potential impacts on travel to the meeting. At present, VSS is following the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notice Warning Levels.

For presenters traveling from countries for which a CDC Warning Level 3 Travel Health Notice has been issued, VSS is offering two alternatives to attending the meeting:

  1. Present Remotely: Talk presenters have the option of presenting a pre-recorded talk. Poster presenters have the option to send the poster in electronic format to VSS, to be printed and hung during their scheduled session. Substitute presenters for posters are allowed, but not required. All presenters from Level 3 countries choosing the remote presentation option will need to register for the meeting. Requests for remote presentation must be submitted to vss@visionsciences.org by April 1, 2020.
  2. Withdraw Abstract: Presenters from Level 3 countries who choose not to participate remotely may withdraw their abstract. Full registration refunds will be provided. Please email vss@visionsciences.org by April 1, 2020 to formally withdraw and to request a registration refund. Membership fees are not refundable.

For non-presenting registrants traveling from Level 3 countries, VSS will provide a full registration refund if requested. Registration refund requests must be submitted to vss@visionsciences.org by April 1, 2020. Membership fees are not refundable.

Currently, the following four countries fall under a CDC Warning Level 3 Travel Health Notice: China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.

For all other VSS registrants and presenters, VSS is currently continuing to follow the standard VSS policies for registration refunds and abstract withdrawals.

The COVID-19 situation is very much in flux. VSS will continue to monitor and evaluate, and to keep the membership updated as new information becomes available.

If you have specific questions regarding the VSS meeting, please contact us at vss@visionsciences.org. For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, please refer to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and the World Health Organization.



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