The Sun Exposure Summit planned for March 2020 in Brisbane, has been postponed.

The Summit committee with QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely.

On Tuesday 10 March, QIMR Berghofer escalated their COVID-19 mitigation strategies, and as a consequence the Summit is not able to go ahead. It wasn’t a decision taken lightly, but the institute has a number of irreplaceable assets that may be impossible to salvage if operations were to be affected by an outbreak among staff, necessitating a very cautious approach.

The Summit was shaping up to be a very exciting meeting, and we had very high engagement from speakers, workshop members and attendees.

Preparing for the Summit has involved the time, talent, and creativity of committee members, speakers and support staff. We’re incredibly grateful for this and deeply disappointed not to be able to hold the meeting as planned.

At this stage we plan to run the Summit in similar format this time next year, and I hope you will be able to join us then.

Professor Rachel Neale

On behalf of the Sun Exposure Summit Organising Committee:

Professor Rachel Neale, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Professor David Whiteman, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Professor Monika Janda, The University of Queensland
Professor Robyn Lucas, Australian National University
Professor Graeme Jones, University of Tasmania
Craig Sinclair, Cancer Council Victoria

The ASSC is a joint collaboration of skin and skin cancer researchers at The University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. This is following the success of the ASSC-hosted Sunscreen Summit in March 2018, which achieved revisions to sunscreen policy in Australia and New Zealand, and the Melanoma Screening Summit in 2019.

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