The organisers of the 34th International Society for Music Education conference, scheduled to take place in Helsinki in August 2020, have announced the event’s cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a message to participants on 2 April 2020, ISME said:
‘Since the beginning of the year 2020, the world has seen unprecedented conference cancellations due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. In order to control the spread of the virus, the World Health Organisation and governments world-wide have limited international travel and the borders of many countries have been closed for an indefinite period. Major events and conferences in countries around the world have been cancelled and universities have moved away from in-person to remote instruction. Many universities have cancelled all international travel by students and faculty until further notice. At this time, it is not known how long the impact of the global pandemic will be felt, but major economic implications are already predicted and it is not likely that any major international conference travel will be taking place for many months and possibly longer.
‘Sadly, as a result of COVID-19 and the travel and economic impact that is happening around the world, it is no longer feasible for ISME to hold an international conference in Helsinki in 2020. We are also unable to hold the Commission pre-conference seminars. However, we are working on plans to reimagine some opportunities for virtual presentations and meetings that will enable us to honour our professional responsibility to share significant research and practice. We will provide more information about our plans for virtual activities as soon as possible.’
Header photo: Finlandia Hall in Helsinki