In light of the recent exponential spike in COVID cases and the start of a second wave in France, we regret to inform you that the 2020 edition of the Young Researchers in Life Science (YRLS) conference is cancelled.The YRLS conference has always been a meeting where we encourage a dynamic and informal space for young scientists to interact, share ideas and build potential collaborations. For this reason, our goal has always been towards holding a physical on-site conference. Although online virtual meetings are becoming more common in these trying times, we feel that our conference is not quite suited for a virtual experience for a few reasons. The organizing committee has worked hard to come up with an amazing program (keynote lectures, masterclasses etc.) and it would be a pity if we are unable to realize it in a proper and successful way.

In essence, we are postponing the event to next year while trying to retain the same program however, it will be YRLS 2021 officially. Even if the governmental restrictions do not prohibit us from holding a conference with around 150-200 participants, we as scientists, believe that pursuing the idea of an on-site meeting under current circumstances would be irresponsible on our part. In addition, most of our speakers have already agreed to be back next year and hence the program will largely remain unchanged. 

We sincerely thank all of you for showing interest in our conference and having accepted to be part of YRLS 2020. For those who have registered to be a part of YRLS 2020, you can either retain your registration for YRLS 2021 or avail a full reimbursement. The exact dates have not been finalized yet but the conference will take place either in May or the first 2 weeks of June 2021. We kindly request you to let us know your preference by filling out the following google form.

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Please fill out the above form as soon as possible for us to process your request. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have you in person next year. Stay safe and take care!

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

President – YRLS Federation


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