Dear members, dear colleagues,
After careful and deliberate consideration, we have decided to postpone the 22nd World Meeting on Sexual Medicine (WMSM) to November 15-17, 2021, in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that is established to be a global pandemic. Until recently, we felt optimistic that September was still far enough away to confidently proceed with our plans. However, the potential reach of COVID-19 has changed significantly over the last weeks with a rapid increase of cases worldwide and with increasing restrictions, which makes it very difficult to accurately assess its risks. While this is not a decision we have taken lightly, our Board of Directors felt strongly that making a pro-active and timely decision on this matter is beneficial to all parties involved.
The health and safety of all attendees and the patients they care for is our first priority. In addition, we are already seeing the impact of the travel restrictions issued by countries, academic institutions, hospitals and industry partners on the attendance of delegates, faculty and sponsors/exhibitors for our originally planned dates. Therefore, at this time, we find ourselves unable to guarantee the most important thing our attendees and industry partners trust us above all else to deliver – a well-attended, high-quality, premier global sexual medicine meeting.
We would like to thank you for your patience. We are confident that with your continued support we will make the 22nd World Meeting on Sexual Medicine possible and as successful as always. Additional information regarding hotel reservation cancellations, registration refunds, and meeting logistics is available on the FAQ page of the meeting website.
We appreciate your commitment and flexibility and look forward to seeing you in Yokohama, Japan next year!
On behalf of the ISSM Board of Directors,
Luiz Otavio Torres, President