Postponement of the 2022 ISH Congress

Dear ISH members,

First of all I would like to thank those of you that participated in the survey on a potential postponement of the next ISH Congress. Yesterday, the ISH executive and the members of the organising committee of the ISH Romania Congress held a digital meeting to discuss the results of this survey. Of the 89 ISH members that participated, more than 2/3 (69,6%) were either in favour of postponing (43,8%) or were at least ambiguous about holding the congress in 2022 (25,8%). Only 28,1% of ISH members would prefer to have the ISH congress take place in 2022 as planned.

During our discussion, the vast majority of the ISH executive and the organising committee agreed with the overall response of ISH members and also expressed strong concerns about the potential risks of continuing the planning of the congress for 2022. We therefore decided to postpone the ISH Romania Congress until 2023. We will announce the exact dates in early 2022. Thereafter ISH will return to the normal congress cycle, i.e. the 11th Congress will be in 2026). On a more positive note, we also decided that we should have a special event in December 2022 to mark the 40th anniversary of ISH (in addition to Hymathon, scheduled to take place in March).

We hope to see you all in 2023 in Iași, Romania.

Best wishes

Lars Krogmann (ISH president), Mircea-Dan Mitroiu, Lucian Fusu and Ovidiu Popovici (ISH congress organising committee)