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ICOH Official Announcement - ICOH 2021 Congress Postponed to 2022

Tuesday, 21 April 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tracy Mphaphuli
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Message from ICOH President:

The COVID-19 global pandemic is changing our habits and increasingly most of the countries and populations are facing such threat to our lives. ICOH is greatly involved in the initiatives at national and international level, working closely with WHO. One of the major implications is the impact on health professionals who are being affected by COVID-19 and several are losing their lives. Also, the SC on OH for Health Workers is actively contributing in the WHO initiatives.

We hope to get back to our lives soon, but the planning of future activities is becoming hard and everybody is reconsidering the operational schemes.

You might have noticed that many scientific events have been temporarily suspended across the globe due to the uncertainty that is surrounding our planet. Such unprecedented and unexpected happenings generate their effect also on our organisation. 

Therefore, following the formal request presented by the ICOH 2021 Organisers, the Board has decided to reschedule the next ICOH Congress to February 6-11, 2022.

This is an unprecedented resolution that had become inevitable considering the emergency we are facing in most countries and territories around the globe. The decision was made taking into account all the implications in terms of venue accessibility, budget, governance, and overall sustainability.

Furthermore, consequently to the postponement of the Congress, the Board took the following decisions:

  1. Postpone the end of current tenure until the Congress in 2022
    Therefore, the current ICOH Officers and Board will remain in office until the ICOH 2022 Congress.
    For reasons of management optimization, such extension will be applied also for the mandate of the National Secretaries and Scientific Committees’ Chairs and Secretaries.
  2. Postpone the election process for ICOH Officers and Board. The election process will be initiated by no later than 6 February 2021, i.e. twelve months before the date of the Congress, in compliance with ICOH Bye-Law 6, section 1.

  3. Postpone the bidding process for ICOH 2027 in compliance with the ICOH rules. The process and deadlines for bid submission will be rescheduled to 2021 according to the timeline indicated in the Guidelines for ICOH Congress Organisation. 

Further information on the ICOH 2022 Congress will be published on the ICOH website as soon as they become available.

This emergency situation has raised awareness of the importance of shared solutions and practices. We will work towards a successful Congress and look forward to meeting you in Melbourne in 2022.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Dr. Jukka Takala
ICOH President


The SAIOH Team 

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