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Meetings Status & COVID-19

UPDATED: April 7, 2020 at 10:46 am 
The current status of our meetings and events will be posted to this page daily.

The COVID-19 Task Force at CIFAR is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Many uncertainties exist regarding this virus. As a result, we have decided to take several measures to help protect the health of the CIFAR community.

Effective Monday, March 16 to Friday, May 1, 2020, all CIFAR staff will be working from home.

We will tentatively plan to return to the office on Monday, May 4, 2020, but will provide updates to this page as necessary.

This is not an office closure. 

If you need to reach any of our staff, you may find the appropriate contact via our online staff directory

We are taking precautions to protect the health and safety of our staff and the broader community.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Current Status of Meetings and Events

We are reviewing all upcoming meetings and associated risks on a daily basis. Please note: participation in CIFAR’s Research Program meetings is by invitation only.

Date

Location

Meeting Name

Status

April
6 - 7

Ottawa

AI and Future Arctic Conflicts

Postponed

April 
14
Toronto  CIFAR Board of Directors Meeting Virtual Meeting

April
19 - 20

Paris

Earth 4D: Subsurface Science & Exploration Program Meeting

Postponed

April
23 - 24

Vancouver

Bio-inspired Solar Energy Program Meeting

Postponed

April
28 - 29

Vancouver

Molecular Architecture of Life Program meeting

Postponed

April 30
- May 1

Ottawa

AI & Health Care: A Fusion of Law & Science

Postponed

May
1-3

Boston

Innovation, Equity & the Future of Prosperity Program Meeting

Virtual Meeting

May
4 - 5

Santa Cruz

Genetic Networks Program Meeting

Postponed

May
11-12

Toronto

Early Career Fellowship Funder Roundtable

Postponed

May
11 - 13

Vancouver

Quantum Materials Program Meeting

Virtual Meeting

May
12 - 15

Montebello

Global Scholars Annual Meeting

Postponed

May
27 - 29

Vancouver

Child & Brain Development Program Meeting

Virtual Meeting

May
25 - 26

Banff

NeuroVR workshop

Postponed

May
27 - 29

Banff

Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness program meeting

Postponed

May
28 - 29

London, UK

Trust in AI Systems

Postponed

June
10 - 12

Quebec City

Gravity & the Extreme Universe AGM

Virtual Meeting

June
11-12

Toronto

Ethical AI Networking Symposium

Postponed

June
15-17

Toronto

Principles of Collective Intelligence

Postponed

June
18 - 19

King City, ON

Global Scholars Interview & Selection Meeting

Virtual Meeting

June
19 - 21

Toronto

Institutions, Organizations & Growth Program Meeting

Postponed

Fall 2020

Toronto

The Walrus Talks Intelligence
(Information & Matter)

Postponed


If you have specific questions about an upcoming meeting, please contact events@cifar.ca.

Travel Arrangements

If you have booked travel to a cancelled meeting or event:

  • CIFAR will reimburse all travel-related cancellation costs for bookings made prior to March 9, 2020

If you have not yet booked travel, please:

  • do not book travel until further notice

If you must book travel as part of another itinerary, please:

  • purchase trip cancellation insurance and a ticket that can be changed (within economy class) or fully refunded. If you are a member of the CIFAR community, please contact us at events@cifar.ca for a copy of our Travel Policy.

  • ensure that you have adequate travel health insurance coverage.

Given how rapidly the situation is evolving, we anticipate having to make real-time decisions that support global health officials' efforts to reduce the risks to public health.

Please continue to monitor this page for updates.