AIBS noted, in part: “As Congress considers the economic costs of COVID-19, we request that you include in any economic recovery and resilience measures non-profit scientific societies and organizations. Professional societies and research institutions are suffering significant economic impacts from cancelling scientific conferences, workshops, and other meetings. For many professional associations/scientific societies, annual meetings, regional and topical conferences are one of the primary ways that scientists share information. These meetings are also one of the core revenue sources that sustain the work of these non-profit organizations. Scientific societies have been at the forefront of the public response to COVID-19. Often, cancelling programs to reduce exposure risks prior to any request or directive from government and public health officials.”
To read AIBS’s letters, visit https://www.aibs.org/position-statements/.