We live in strange and difficult times. Many of us are locked at home and those who are not are facing a very different reality than just a few months ago. The future is very uncertain and we cannot really foresee what the travel and public gathering rules will be in the fall.

For these reasons, after monitoring the COVID-19 spread around the world, the ADASS LOC & POC have decided that ADASS 2020 will not be a presential meeting but rather a virtual, online-only, conference.

We have mixed feelings about this as we guess many of you. On one hand we would have loved to see you all in person in beautiful Granada. We would have loved to show you southern Spain hospitality. We would have loved to show you just how charming Granada is.

On the other hand, however, we just cannot responsibly organise a 300+ people meeting in a few months time with so much uncertainty. We do not know, for instance, if we will be able to travel this fall. We do not know if large gatherings of people will be allowed at all. We do not even know if visitors to Spain will be required to stay in quarantine upon arrival.

A virtual ADASS will be a new experience for all of us. We are however convinced that it will be a great conference and that it will be a lot of fun. We hope that many of you will join us in this new format this November.