What plans are in place to address pandemic safety?

The pandemic is still with us, and as of this writing in January 2022 it’s difficult to predict what conditions will be like in October. Our aim is to plan for being able to gather in person as we have in past institutes, even if it must be done with masks and mostly in outside spaces. The program will require participants to follow pandemic safety policies that are in place at the time of your arrival in Durham.

We will be following pandemic safety best practices required by local authorities (i.e., wearing masks in all indoor spaces) and by the host institution, Duke University (i.e., proof of COVID vaccination and/or negative COVID test required to participate in in-person activities) and may put in place other practices or requirements in order to keep all participants safe.

We will continue to monitor conditions, and make a decision around the time teams are being invited (in June/July) about whether and how the program will proceed in October, and what pandemic safety practices will be required at that time. Invited participants will be informed of these decisions before booking any travel to attend.

If invited participants are unable to travel to Durham, or if we determine that we can’t safely gather in person in October, we will plan for online participation, or perhaps postpone until conditions allow an in-person program.

Participants should also review United States government requirements and guidance regarding travel to and within the US during the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensure that they are able to meet these requirements before planning any travel.