As you probably suspect, we took this decision due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the various restrictions and uncertainties we are all facing, particularly related to large events. Just like you, we were very much looking forward to VegMed 2020 and VegMed 2021 as on-site events in Berlin and regret that, after more than two years of preparation, this unique programme cannot take place physically as originally planned. At the same time, we would like to ensure that everyone’s well-being is protected during this global health crisis. Additionally, a web conference is more climate efficient than a physical conference, since speakers and guests do not have to travel in order to attend. A web conference also gives the organisers, the speakers, and the attendees much more certainty in terms of planning and allows participants to join the conference from all over the planet, either live or at a time that suits them. The ticket includes access to recorded live videos for three month following the event.
The personal exchange and networking among health professionals, researchers, and students is very important to us and has helped shape previous VegMed conferences. VegMed Web 2021 will use the latest digital tools to create an on-site conference atmosphere and allow all participants to engage with experts and colleagues. With the opportunity to include more speakers and attendees from around the world than ever before, VegMed 2021 will become even more of a space for scientific exchange around plant-based nutrition and medicine.