Dear IGES members and friends,

The Program Committee has begun to develop the agenda for the 2021 
Annual Meeting of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society. We 
currently still plan to hold the Annual Meeting in person at the Esterel 
resort outside of Montreal Oct 16-18 (or around these dates if online). 
However, we are aware that the American Society of Human Genetics will 
no longer hold its meeting in Montreal (it will be either in the United 
States or online-only), and we continue to monitor the progress of the 
coronavirus pandemic and the international travel situation.  While it 
is the fervent wish of the Board and Program Committee to host a meeting 
that will allow IGES members and friends to see each other in person 
once again, our foremost concern is to protect the health of our members 
and friends and their communities. If necessary for health, logistical, 
or fiscal reasons, we will change to format to online-only. (Regardless, 
we are exploring the possibility of having some sessions online to 
facilitate broad participation.) We will keep you posted!

Best wishes,

Heike Bickeböller and Pete Kraft