What is the status of the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work?
The XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work has been postponed to September 19 – 22, 2021.
Why has XXII World Congress been postponed?
Following public health guidance on the evolving COVID-19 situation, the International Organizing Committee has taken the difficult decision to postpone the XXII World Congress. This is being done to ensure the health and safety of all.
I understand that there will be a virtual meeting focused on COVID-19 in 2020 – where can I find more information?
Yes – given the impact of COVID-19 on workplaces around the world, the IOC has also decided to convene a virtual meeting of global thought leaders focused on COVID-19 on October 5, 2020. More information about this meeting and how to participate will be posted to the Congress website in the coming weeks.
Will the 2021 Congress be an in-person or an online event?
The 2021 Congress will be an in-person event, taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Congress is also being expanded to include virtual options, including live streaming to facilitate further global engagement. More information will be posted to the Congress website when available.
Accommodations and Travel
Will my hotel room reservation be cancelled?
If you have made a hotel room reservation within the official block of the Congress partner hotels which include the InterContinental, Fairmont Royal York, Sheraton Centre and the Chelsea Hotel, please note that all reservations have been automatically cancelled due to the postponement of the Congress. We have confirmed availability with the same hotels for 2021 and our reservation system will re-open in October 2020. Please visit our Hotel page for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Will my airfare be refunded?
Please contact your travel agent/airline and let them know you are cancelling or modifying your booking due to the postponement of the XXII World Congress in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The responsibility for airfare bookings and refunds falls outside the scope of XXII World Congress and will be dependent on the type of fare booked, the airline’s or agent’s own cancellation/rebooking policies regarding COVID-19, and any travel insurance coverage.
I am planning to attend the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health in Toronto in September 2021 – can I simply transfer my registration fee to the new Congress?
Yes. Your registration will be transferred at no cost to the Congress now taking place from September 19 – 22, 2021. In September 2020, you will receive an email confirmation with your new registration information. If you requested a refund in writing prior to the June 5, 2020 deadline, please note that it may take 6 – 8 weeks to be processed.
Can I transfer my exhibit fee to the new World Congress dates?
Yes. Your exhibit fee from XXII World Congress will automatically be transferred to the new World Congress dates (September 19 – 22, 2021). As such, the exhibit fee will remain unchanged and we will guarantee your booth location as per this year’s floorplan. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Will I have to resubmit my abstract next year?
No, you will not be required to re-submit your abstract. In March 2021, you will be notified about the outcome of your submission. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Will I have to resubmit my fellowship program application next year?
No, you will not be required to re-submit your application. In March 2021, you will be notified about the outcome of your fellowship application. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
I have another question not mentioned above. Who do I contact?
Please send your question to us at firstname.lastname@example.org