The 17th ISDE World Congress (September 2020) has been rescheduled to August 19 – 21, 2021 in Toronto, Canada, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Why has ISDE 2020 Congress been postponed?
The ISDE Executive Committee puts the health and welfare of participants and the local host community at the forefront of its decision making. The risk assessment regarding the global spread of COVID-19 and the travel restrictions that are changing daily led us to take this decision. We are also aware that domestic and international restrictions are being impacted (and likely will continue) the ability of many colleagues to participate.
Will my hotel room reservation be cancelled?
If you have made a hotel room reservation within the official block of the Congress partner hotel, The Sheraton Centre Toronto, your reservation has been cancelled without penalty. Please note the Sheraton Centre Toronto has not taken payment. If you have any further questions, please contact ISDE2020-Registration@isde.net
Will my airfare be refunded?
Please ask your travel agent/airline and let them know you are cancelling or modifying your booking due to the postponement of ISDE 2020 Congress in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The responsibility for airfare bookings and refunds falls outside the scope of ISDE 2020 Congress and will be dependent on the type of fare booked, the airline’s or agent’s own cancellation/rebooking policies regarding COVID-19, and any travel insurance coverage.
I am planning to attend the rescheduled ISDE 2020 Congress in Toronto in August 2021 - can I simply transfer my registration fee to the new congress dates?
Yes. The congress is postponed rather than cancelled so your registration can be transferred at no cost, to the congress now taking place from August 19 to 21, 2021. Should you change your mind or be unable to join us in August 2021, your registration fee will be refunded. Please note that cancellations received after 30 June 2020 will not be refunded. Refunds could take 6 – 8 weeks to be processed.
Can my congress registration fee be refunded?
Your registration can be transferred to the new congress dates of August 19-21, 2021; however, you may choose instead to be refunded in full. Please note that cancellation of your registration will forfeit the 2020 rate you received, and that registration rates for the 2021 dates may be subject to change. Please email ISDE2020-Registration@isde.net to request a refund by 30 June 2020. Please note that cancellations received after 30 June 2020 will not be refunded. Refunds could take 6 – 8 weeks to be processed.
Can my congress registration be transferred to a new delegate?
Yes. To transfer your registration to another person, please email ISDE2020-Registration@isde.net with the original delegate’s registration ID or full name and provide us with the new delegate’s information.
Can I transfer my exhibit and/or sponsorship fee to the new ISDE Congress dates?
Yes. Your exhibit and/or sponsorship fee from ISDE 2020 Congress will automatically be transferred to the new ISDE 2020 Congress dates in August 2021. As such, the exhibit/sponsorship fee will remain unchanged and we will guarantee your booth location as per this year’s floorplan and/or your sponsorship items. Please email ISDE2020-Industry@isde.net if you have any questions.
My abstract was accepted for the ISDE September 2020 Congress, what are my options?
We would like to offer you three options:
Option 1: Transfer your abstract to the new congress dates of August 2021 and have it published in the DOTE Journal in 2021.
Option 2: Keep your abstract for this year and have it published in the DOTE Journal in 2020.
Option 3: Withdraw your abstract both from the congress and publication.
Abstract submitters whose abstract was accepted will have received an email with a link to complete a survey with these three options. If you did not receive a link please email ISDE2020email@example.com by 30 June 2020.
We will also go out with a call for additional abstracts at a future date to ensure that the program includes the latest developments in the diseases of the esophagus.
Please note we will contact a small number of abstract submitters who have submitted the highest ranked abstracts to take part in a series of ISDE webinars taking place in September/October 2020. You will hear more from us by 30 June 2020. If this opportunity is accepted, the abstract will be considered to have been presented at the ISDE World Congress, it will be published in DOTE Journal in 2020, and cannot be transferred to 2021.
Has my abstract been accepted for poster, oral or video presentation?
If you decide to transfer to 2021, the scientific committee will decide at a later date whether your abstract will be accepted as oral, poster or video presentation.
I’m planning to submit and publish the research manuscript in another journal this year (2020). Can I still transfer the abstract to ISDE 2021?
No. If you select to move your abstract to 2021, you cannot publish your research elsewhere as it will be published in the DOTE Journal in 2021.
If you have already registered for the Congress and would like to cancel your registration, please refer to the refund guidelines above. If you would like to cancel your registration but keep your submission in the program please email ISDE2020-Registration@isde.net.
Please note, when you decide to re-register for the Congress once registration re-opens, rates for 2021 may be subject to change.
Is my speaking invitation still valid for the new congress dates?
Yes. We are proud of the current congress program and would like to keep it as intact as possible in August 2021. Small tweaks will be required, but those will be communicated individually in due course.
We hope you will be willing to contribute to the 2021 meeting.
I have another question not mentioned above. Who do I contact?