Earlier in the year we took the decision to postpone the SANUM2020 meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time we had hoped rescheduling to November 2020 might be feasible, but at this stage that does not look like a possibility. In particular, it is unclear when international travel will be allowed into South Africa, and there are still restrictions in place on large gatherings.
We therefore propose new dates of 7-9 April 2021 (again in Stellenbosch), realising full well that we may have to be flexible about these dates too. Happily, several of our international plenary speakers who were scheduled for SANUM2020 have indicated that they will be available for this meeting in 2021. Furthermore, all registration fees already paid for the 2020 meeting will be honoured in 2021.
We stress again that the new dates above are tentative, and encourage you not to make any firm commitments at this stage. However, we do hope to see you in April next year.
It is with great regret that we must inform you that the SANUM2020 conference scheduled for March 25-27, 2020 is hereby postponed. This follows an announcement from the Rector of Stellenbosch University that all conferences to be held on SU campuses must be cancelled until further notice as a precautionary measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since many of the SANUM2020 delegates and plenary speakers have re-bookable but not refundable flight tickets and hotel bookings, the SANUM2020 local organising committee has decided to provisionally reschedule the meeting for the 25-27th of November, 2020 in Stellenbosch.
However, whilst we are hopeful for a fast resolution to the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognise that the situation is changing daily and that almost anything could happen in the next 6-8 months. For these reasons, we recommend attendees hold off on booking any new travel or hotel stays which are not fully refundable. Hopefully, in the coming months, a more concrete picture of what lays ahead will solidify and we will know whether to confirm these dates or cancel the conference altogether.
Whilst we are regrettably unable to assist with any already committed travel or accommodation costs, the conference registration fees will of course be refunded. Unfortunately, since much of the SU administration is currently busy dealing with urgent issues relating to the coronavirus outbreak, this process is taking longer than anticipated. We will provide information as soon as we are able to, and in the meantime we thank you for your patience and understanding.
South African Numerical and Applied Mathematics (SANUM) is a special interest group for South African and international academics in the areas of applied mathematics, numerical analysis, and scientific computing, and a yearly (typically three-day) symposium with presentations and posters on these and related topics.
The symposium currently rotates between three host institutions: Stellenbosch University, the University of Pretoria, and the University of the Witwatersrand. It serves as the annual symposium for the Numerical and Applied Mathematics research theme of the NRF Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (CoE MaSS).