Jisc cancels Networkshop48 amid growing coronavirus fears

The face-to-face event has been called off due to rising concerns over the impact of mass gatherings

UK edtech non-profit Jisc has cancelled its Networkshop48 event due to rising fees surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s event, which was due to return to Nottingham City campus from 15–17 April, would have been centred on three core streams: connectivity services, network technology and digital transformation through infrastructure change; but after careful consideration and in the interest of public health, the organisation has chosen to call off the event.

Jisc released a statement saying: “Due to the growing coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel Networkshop48 as a precautionary measure. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and are keeping the health and wellbeing of our members, staff, exhibitors and suppliers as top priority.”

Delegates who have already purchased their ticket can claim a full refund for conference fees. Information on how to do so will be shared directly within the next few days. Those who have booked accommodation via the Networkshop portal are urged to check the cancellation date for their chosen hotel via this link. Cancellations must be made in writing by emailing Hg3 Conferences at events events@hg3.co.uk.

Jisc is now exploring ways to distribute Networkshop48 content virtually, with further info to follow.

Information for members on the impact of COVID-19 can be found on the Jisc website here, as well as blogs on homeworking and using the technology at your disposal to maintain learning.

If you have any further questions regarding Networkshop48, please email networkshop@jisc.ac.uk.

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