On behalf of the officers and councilors of both ICS and ECN, we want to thank you for your patience and understanding while we worked out responses to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, that caused the cancellation of the ICW Berlin 2020. After much discussion of the options available, it was agreed it would be in everyone’s and both societies best interest and to move all three forthcoming complement meetings up a year. We will announce further details once we have the new dates finalized for ICW Berlin 2021 / EMCHD Bern 2022 / ICW Newcastle 2023.
This also impacts the ICS Council nominations and elections as we move forward. To comply with the Bylaws of ICS the elections will be postponed and will follow the regular order in 2021. The ECN board has decided to follow the same procedure.
In response to the pandemic, ICS/ECN will be holding a series of meetings via Zoom to address the issues around complement and Covid-19 and open a discussion forum on Slack. Information about new articles related to complement and Covid-19 will be posted on complement.org and discussed in Focus on Complement. Look for the announcement in the next couple of days and plan to participate in these important knowledge-sharing opportunities and possibilities for collaborations, which will be done in partnership with the early-career complementologists, organized in ECCO (chaired by Dr. Nicole Schäfer).
Peter Garred, MD, DMSci Reinhard Würzner, MD, PhD,
President of ICS MD, PhD, President of ECN