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AGM 2020 in Marrakesh Cancelled

March 12, Hamburg – Due to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak and related risks, CIOPORA has announced the cancellation of its Annual General Meeting Week 2020 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Addressing CIOPORA members and guests in an official statement released on March 12, CIOPORA President Steven Hutton wrote: “Although we are announcing the cancellation with great disappointment, we strongly believe that it is the only reasonable decision in the present situation. Above all, your safety and health are CIOPORA’s main priorities.”

Because the epidemiological situation is changing swiftly, CIOPORA will not try to reschedule the events. The registered participants have been asked to cancel their travel arrangements and will receive full refund for the purchased AGM tickets.

While the AGM 2020 has been put on ice, the association is committed to delivering its education services despite the cancellations. With the Marrakesh Workshop on IP for plants and the CIOPORA Breeding Academy cancelled, the CIOPORA team started working on a series of webinars on the previously announced Workshop topics. The detailed Webinar schedule and guidance for the registered CIOPORA Academy participants will be announced soon at

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