ECOC postponed until December

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The management committee behind industry conference and exhibition, ECOC has taken the decision to postpone the 2020 event from September to December due to the current situation regarding Covid-19. It will still be held in Brussels at the same venue.

A statement on the event’s website said: ‘The Covid-19 outbreak has presented everyone with unprecedented challenges and uncertainties. We have been closely monitoring the travel advice and public health guidelines issued through the official channels of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Government of Belgium, and Belgian public health agencies. In light of uncertainties regarding international travel, in response to requests from local authorities, and in consultation with ECOC Management Committee we have decided to postpone ECOC 2020 to 6– 10 December 2020 (Exhibition dates 7-9) in Brussels, Belgium. By postponing ECOC 2020 we will significantly increase the possibility of a successful edition (in person) of our exhibition and IMEC, our partner in organizing the conference. In light of this the conference has decided to postpone the paper submission deadline to 28 August, thus offering the possibility to complete the experiments which in many laboratories have come to a halt due to the corona crisis.’

ECOC joins a number of other industry events that have been postponed until December, including but not limited to the FTTH Conference (1-3 December), and NGON DCI (1-3 December). If all now goes ahead according to schedule, the industry will have a very busy end-of-year!

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