Due to the uncertainty associated with the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide, including Brazil, the Organizing Comitte of the XVI ALAGO Congress (ALAGO2020) has taken the difficult decision to postpone the event, which would be held on November 07-10, 2020.
Our first concern has been always the safety of our scientific community. That´s why we had previously decided to host the Congress with a partial webinar structure, accomodating the restrictions imposed by the Brazilian governmental authorities, which included special rules to access our former venue (Núcleo de Estudos em Biomassa e Gerenciamento de Águas – UFF, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro).
However, we still cannot predict the situation for the next few months regarding traveling and gathering people, hence this decision of a "mixed" meeting started to jeopardize the feasibility of the event. At the same time, the idea of promoting a 100% virtual event was troublesome, as there are doubts related to the quality and technical excellence our attendees are used to, not to mention the costs, not that lower, as one might expect. We will postpone it to 2022 and keep you posted about the details of the future event.
Our secretariat will provide reimbursement for those who already paid the conference fees. In the meantime, the Organizing Committee is working on approaches to broadcast webinars and courses free of charge, to bring relevant contents to be discussed in the field of organic geochemistry to our affiliates.
See you soon,
ALAGO Organizing Committee