Dear Members, Partners and Friends,
At the time of writing these words, the effects of the corona virus on public life are omnipresent. Together we are facing a truly unprecedented situation. The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting all our families, our businesses, our communities and our way of life.
First and foremost, our thoughts are with all those who are directly or indirectly affected by the virus, especially those who are ill, to whom we wish with all our hearts a full and speedy recovery. We also recognize the many selfless healthcare professionals around the world who are working tirelessly at the forefront of this pandemic to care for those whose need is greatest.
As in many economic sectors, the entire EMVA team is encouraged to work from home. This transition is working relatively smoothly and we continue to offer the highest levels of performance and availability. Although we continue to move into uncharted territory, the EMVA can assure you that we will endeavor to maintain all the essential functions and services of the association and continue to support our members throughout this period.
Some of the EMVA events planned in 2020 and highly valued by the vision community are currently affected by this uncertain situation, in particular the 18th EMVA Business Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria from 25 to 27 June and the 5th European Machine Vision Forum 2020 in Cork, Ireland from 10 to 11 September.
We would like to assure all interested attendees at this point that we will monitor the situation with great responsibility and a healthy sense of judgement and will announce any necessary cancellations or postponements promptly and with all appropriate transparency.
We would like to convey to all our members, and the wider community, our best wishes in these difficult times, together with our hope that you, and those closest to you, remain safe and in good health. If we can provide any additional help, support, or advice during this period then please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
Dr. Chris Yates, President EMVA
Thomas Luebkemeier, General Manager EMVA