Postponement of the Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference and Second Global Summit on Food Fortification

Dear Global Conference and Global Summit on Food Fortification Community,

Due to guidance from the Government of Thailand, in response to the threat of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Southeast Asia, we are postponing the Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference and the Second Global Summit on Food Fortification to a later, as-yet-unspecified date.

The Department of Disease Control of the Thailand Ministry of Public Health has communicated a strong recommendation to postpone all large events and gatherings in the country due to COVID-19. We are following that advice because the health and safety of our speakers, delegates, sponsors, and partners are paramount.

In accordance with the recommendation, the Micronutrient Forum is postponing the 5th Global Conference, originally scheduled to take place in Bangkok, Thailand from March 23 to 27, 2020, and GAIN, the Micronutrient Forum and HarvestPlus are postponing the Second Global Summit on Food Fortification, originally scheduled to take place in Bangkok, Thailand March 22 and 23, 2020.

We know that you will have questions about this decision and its effect on you, and we will be following up with you with more information within the coming days. We sincerely regret any inconvenience caused to you and your colleagues by this decision, which was based on factors beyond our control.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this epidemic and with our dedicated Local Organising Committee for their endless effort and hard work under these difficult circumstances. To them and to all of you, we express our strong commitment to make this conference happen, in Thailand, in the near future. We remain dedicated on continuing to work with all of you who share our vision about a world without micronutrient malnutrition.

Meanwhile, we appreciate your continued support and patience as we manage the logistics of the postponement.

The Micronutrient Forum, GAIN and HarvestPlus

POSTPONEMENT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS[i]

No, the Conference is not cancelled, but postponed and we are pleased to share the new dates: November 8 to 13, 2020.

Yes, the Summit was also postponed and will take place November 8 and 9, 2020.

The Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference will now take place on November 8 to 13, 2020 and the Second Global Summit on Food Fortification will now take place on November 8 and 9, 2020.

Because of some adjustments to the Conference Opening Ceremony, both events will start on Sunday, November 8.  The overlap in programming will be minimal.   More details will be provided closer to November.  Those attending the Summit should plan on an early-morning start at BITEC on November 8.

Yes, we are pleased that the Conference and the Summit will both be held at the original venue, BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand.

With respect to the 5th Global Conference, together with our Conference and Program Committees, the Local Organizing Committee worked hard to create a strong conference program with a regional focus. Keeping the Conference in Bangkok is allowing the Local Organizing Committee and the Southeast Asia nutrition and micronutrient communities to showcase regional program success.

All registrations will be automatically carried over to the new dates: November 8 to 13, 2020.

We look forward to hosting as many delegates as possible at the rescheduled event

In the event that you cannot attend the rescheduled conference, you may apply for a refund, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis and processed post conference.  To request a refund please contact MNF Registration (mnf.reghot@mci-group.com).

There will be no Early Bird rates offered for the new dates. If you cancel and re-register later in the year, you will be charged the full registration fee.

If you booked a hotel room at the Landmark Hotel through the Conference reservation system, information will be sent to you in the coming days.

If you booked your hotel in any way other than through the Conference reservation system, including with the Landmark Hotel, you will have to contact the providers directly to cancel your booking.

We cannot reimburse any costs incurred for AirBnB reservations or similar online accommodation booking systems.

We are not able to cover change fees charged by airlines. If you received a travel grant for the Conference from the Micronutrient Forum, please contact us to discuss changes to your travel. If your travel is supported to the Summit, please contact GAIN.

Thank you for agreeing to be part of the Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference. We will be contacting speakers, oral and poster presenters in within the next two weeks to reconfirm participation in the November program.

The conference will continue to have strong poster sessions and we are optimistic you will still be able to present your work in the November program. We will be contacting all poster presenters in the next two weeks.

[i] This is a living document and will be updated as needed. This version was produced March 17, 2020.