Biophysicists kick off the summer with a hybrid congress
The combined effects of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, rapid antigen testing and the easing of restrictions for events have made it possible for the biennial congress of the European Biophysical Societies' Association to go ahead as planned, making it the first hybrid congress of the year in the Austria Center Vienna.
"We responded right at the start of the health crisis and drew up a detailed Covid-19 hygiene plan. We have also significantly expanded our portfolio for hybrid meetings, using the window in September 2020 that allowed us to host in-person events for a pilot project that clearly showed how gatherings in Vienna can take place in full accordance with the strictest safety standards. In the meantime the project has earned us several international awards," explained Susanne Baumann-Söllner, Managing Director of the Austria Center Vienna. And now this know-how will be put to work on behalf of the EBSA Congress between 24-28 July at the Austria Center Vienna.
The EBSA Congress is an important step for the repositioning of Vienna as a research hub and congress location. "The biophysics sector is leading the way. But each and every one of us has a part to play, as we will only be able to overcome this health crisis by working together. This means that each individual is doing their bit to ensure knowledge transfer and scientific exchange can continue in this form – and ultimately that benefits us all," Elena Pohl, President of the 2021 EBSA Congress, concluded.