Update on COVID-19 and the Union World Conference

Conference News 27 Apr 2020

While international travel and large gatherings remain restricted due to COVID-19, The Union wishes to reassure all those dedicated to lung health that the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health will take place virtually, providing the opportunity to innovate on the conference model familiar to the thousands of delegates who have participated in the past.

The Union World Conference is an event that the lung health community relies on to bring the latest science and research, serving a vital purpose that is even more essential as countries across the globe search for solutions to this new infectious respiratory disease and struggle to ensure continuity of existing health systems and programmes in lung health areas.

The research that will be presented at the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health will play an important role in bringing ideas and evidence to the table and creating better, more robust public health mechanisms. Abstract and session submissions are open, and the deadline has been extended until 11 May to allow extra time for the researchers, healthcare workers, public health officials and civil society groups to prepare their submissions while dealing with new challenges to their workloads.

Conference tracks on COVID-19 have been added to the submissions platform and we encourage submissions of research on this topic.

We are working to find engaging and creative solutions to provide a conference experience that, while different in format, continues to serve as an important moment for the lung health community to connect, network, share ideas and debate. We hope that this will provide us with the opportunity to reimagine our conference and create a more modern and flexible approach that will guide future Union World Conferences and provide new ways to access content and engage as a community.

We will continue to share information as it becomes available and count on your participation at the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health.

Visit our website for more about how The Union is supporting the COVID-19 response, including some  Frequently Asked Questions focusing on COVID-19’s impact on TB services and fast-tracked articles from the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IJTLD).

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