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Event postponements/cancellations in view of coronavirus concerns

March 05, 2020

 

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Due to growing international concerns over COVID-19 (coronavirus), IFMA has announced the postponement or cancellation of three upcoming conferences: World Workplace Asia in Singapore, World Workplace Europe in Amsterdam, and Facility Fusion in San Francisco.

“IFMA staff and our global board of directors have been vigilant in monitoring developments associated with this public health emergency and thoughtfully weighing the pros and cons of moving forward with our March and April events,” said IFMA President and COO Don Gilpin. “In addition to our commitment to ensure safe environments for our conference attendees, we are mindful of our industry’s responsibility to safeguard life and property. With their expertise in emergency preparedness and business continuity, our members and event attendees are needed in their homes, organizations and communities at this critical time.”

Each year, IFMA’s series of World Workplace conferences unifies the global built environment industry in Europe, Asia and the United States to ensure smarter, safer, more resilient and more efficient facilities. IFMA’s U.S.-based Facility Fusion conference welcomes professionals from around the world to focus on leadership skills, career development and top trends in facility management.

Alternate dates for all three events will be announced as arrangements with venues, hotels and tour sites are made. To help industry professionals continue building their knowledge and skills, IFMA and its partners are working to organize a virtual conference in the near future. Details will be shared on the association’s social media channels and event websites.

“The expertise and resolve of facility professionals worldwide have been tested in these first few months of the new year,” said Gilpin. “From devastating natural and man-made disasters to workplace shootings, and now a serious public health emergency of international concern. FMs are on the front lines of these crises, and our industry is stepping up efforts to mitigate risks, protect life and property, and respond and recover quickly and thoroughly.”

IFMA has created a coronavirus resource page, containing health and safety content, as well as online courses and webinars on infection prevention and control, strategic preparedness and risk management. This page will be continually updated with the latest information, learning opportunities and materials. Visit bit.ly/IFMACoronavirusResourceCenter to access content. IFMA is also accepting submissions for coronavirus resources. Visit airtable.com/shrhIgHabH7qYEkRA to access the submission form.

“Words can’t express our grief over those we’ve lost to the coronavirus,” Gilpin added. “While we regret missing any opportunity to gather in person as a professional community, our top priority is the welfare and peace of mind of our friends and colleagues. We encourage all built environment professionals in every sector — from health care, academic and corporate facilities to hospitality, airports and anywhere people gather — to share best practices and strategies for infectious disease prevention and response.