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Dear Colleagues,

We are less than 8 weeks away from the H3D 2021 Symposium which was scheduled for 10th – 12th March 2021.
Unfortunately, I regret to announce that our organizing committee has decided to cancel the H3D 2021 Symposium, which was in fact a rescheduled version of the original H3D 2020 symposium. As all of us are aware, the COVID-19 outbreak continues to pose serious transmission risks for all face-to-face interactions, particularly with large international events like this symposium.  In addition to the transmission risk, navigating changing regulations with regards to international travel and gatherings is quite daunting to all. Given the risks and uncertainty, I hope that you will understand the reasoning for the cancellation.

However, I am pleased to inform you that we will be hosting a new H3D symposium from 25th-28th Oct 2022 at the same venue, Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch outside of Cape Town, South Africa. We hope you will consider joining us then.

Stay safe.

Kind regards
Kelly Chibale
Symposium Chair


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