Amid global concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19), the BSP is closely monitoring the situation with respect to all its planned events.
The British Society of Phenomenology (BSP) and the University of Exeter (with sponsors Egenis and the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health) are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation with respect to the planned UK annual conference in September 2020.
Our plans are to continue with the organisation of the conference, and we will review the situation at each milestone our organisation plan, issuing updates accordingly. Currently, we are looking to:
1/ Face-to-Face: To go ahead with the conference as a face-to-face event in Exeter, if the UK government and academic institutional bodies deem it safe to do so
2/ Virtual: If we cannot hold a face-to-face event safely, to run the conference as a virtual event. Our technical officer is currently looking in to the options of how this can be done most effectively. If we were to run the conference as a virtual event, the registration would be at a significantly reduced cost.
Our advice to potential speakers and delegates is to continue submitting for the CfP.
We realise that there is a chance the conference may at some point need to be cancelled, or that people intending to attend the conference either face-to-face or virtually may be affected by their local situation. If that is the case, the BSP promises to (1) refund in full any registration/society fee paid to the BSP if the conference needs to be cancelled; or (2) refund in full any registration/society fee paid to the BSP if a speaker/delegate is affected by their local situation in any way and can no longer attend.