The Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS), has cancelled the TFOS 2020 Conference in Cernobbio, Italy, which was scheduled to have taken place from 9–12 September, 2020.
The world leader in eye health education decided a ‘virtual’ conference would not be an appropriate alternative because, “TFOS has always sought to move the ocular surface field forward through professional interactions, as well as by encouraging scientific challenge and academic debate. Such objectives are impossible in the virtual setting, especially with global time differences.”
The world leader in eye health education decided a ‘virtual’ conference would not be an appropriate alternative
Due to legal restrictions, the TFOS 2020 Conference will not be rescheduled.
In a statement, Amy Gallant Sullivan on behalf of the TFOS Board of Directors, acknowledged the effort that had gone into planning the event.
“We spent three years planning and organising the TFOS 2020 Conference. This effort would not have been possible without the extraordinary help of so many people. We thank you all for your continued support of TFOS. We also thank Johnson & Johnson Vision, Novartis, URSAPHARM, OMISAN, SUN Pharma, and Quantel Medical for their generous financial support of this Conference, and Alcon, Bausch + Lomb, Santen, SIFI, ESW-Vision, and Aerie Pharmaceuticals for their intended support. We also thank JAKA Congressi, CITYnet, H Design, Villa Erba Exhibition & Convention Centre, and Como Imprenditori Alberghieri (C.I.A) for their invaluable assistance.
“We look forward to bringing the TFOS community together once again in the future.”