January 31, 2020

The Cultural Trip Tour scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2020 is canclled. All credit cards are being refunded for the trip.


January 30, 2020

We have been monitoring closely the outbreak of the coronavirus over this last week.  As you may know, today the World Health Organization has declared the outbreak to be a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern."  

The travel ban preventing Chinese researchers from traveling to Taiwan, together with major airlines cancelling flights to several cities in China that impacts many of our attendees flight plans, have resulted in quite a few cancellations. In addition, several other attendees have also cancelled in recent days, leaving us with a much reduced conference size and a significantly reduced roster of speakers. We are also concerned about a possible expansion of the outbreak that may result in travel restrictions to and from Taiwan, and may develop over the course of the conference.

For those reasons, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the conference. We appreciate the time and effort you have put in to be part of this conference. IZFS staff will be working to refund registration fees over the next couple of weeks.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.


SCZI 2020 Meeting Organizers:
Bon-chu Chung
Jeff Lee
Didier Stainier

IZFS Executive Committee
Didier Stainier
Mary Mullins
Phil Ingham
Elizabeth Busch-Nentwich
Kate Lewis

SCZI 2020 - Coronavirus

January 29, 2020

We continue to monitor the coronavirus and updates we receive from government and health organizations. We will follow up with another update within the next 24 hours.

SCZI Meeting Organizers and the IZFS Executive Committee

January 27, 2020

We are monitoring closely the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, and how it may impact our upcoming meeting in Taiwan. At this point, we plan to go forward with the meeting, but we will notify you if anything changes. Emails will be sent from

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