ISBT Congress 2021
Cancellation / postponement of ISBT Brisbane
In view of the ongoing global COVID-19 situation, the ISBT Board together with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion (ANZSBT) has taken the difficult decision to cancel the 32nd Regional ISBT Congress, planned to take place in Brisbane 13-16 November 2021, and to postpone a congress in Australia to a future year.
This decision has been made based on the prospect that international travel to Australia is unlikely to be possible without considerable difficulty for ISBT/MCI, sponsors or delegates by November, and also the unpredictable risk of disruption to travel arrangements within Australia and the immediate region.
ISBT have decided not to hold a virtual ISBT congress in November 2021. However, ISBT and ANZSBT are exploring the possibility of an alternative online educational collaboration during 2021, potentially associated with the ‘’Blood’’ meeting planned in Adelaide in September 2021.
It is with deep regret that we accept that we will not be able to meet in Brisbane this year, but the decision has been taken at this time in the interests of safety and with the intention to provide clarity for all concerned. ISBT acknowledge the exceptional commitment of ANSBT and the Brisbane Local Organising Committee, and look forward to collaborating again in the not too distant future to bring a full face-to-face ISBT congress to Australia.