Due to coronavirus fears, the annual meeting of the European College of Radiology (ECR), which was slated to take place from March 11-15 in Vienna, has been postponed until July 15-19. In a statement, European Society of Radiology (ESR) President Boris Brkljačić laid out the rationale behind the ESR’s decision.

“After careful evaluation of the spreading coronavirus epidemic, and considering the recent statements issued by the WHO and the ECDC, and the related evolving world-wide restrictions and crisis, the ESR was forced to make this decision,” Brkljačić said. “Above all, we have analyzed the recommendations from the Austrian health authorities for large-scale events and came to the conclusion that we are not in a position to fulfill their requirements and guarantee a safe congress for our participants and industry partners at this time.

“The safety, health and well-being of our delegates and partners will always be the highest priority for the ESR,” he added.