Considering that many prefectures including Fukuoka are under the “Priority Measures for Preventing Spread of COVID-19” at the moment due to the national-wide infection in progress, the “Crisis Management Committee” of ESJ discussed the format of ESJ69 in accordance with the “Decision-making Procedure for Emergencies at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan” (https://esj.ne.jp/esj/English/Rules/Meetings_emg.html).
As a result, we decided to cancel all the on-site events at the Fukuoka International Congress Center and to move to a full online system, because we realized that it is very difficult to predict even the very near future of the COVID-19 pandemic and also that it is practically impossible to establish a flexible system to carry out the on-site events in response to all the possible situations which could happen within a month to go.
We apologize for the inconvenience to those who wished to attend the on-site events in Fukuoka and those who were planning to give lectures and presentations there. We will try our best for all lectures and presentations to be delivered online successfully.
Takakazu Yumoto, President of Ecological Society of Japan