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After careful consideration of the current situation, in light of government advice and the number of unprecedented travel restrictions and measures in place, we would like to announce that we have made the decision to postpone the 62nd London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF), that was due to be held 29th July to 12th August 2020.

The 62nd LIYSF will now be held next year, 28th July to 11th August 2021 – Apply here.

We are disappointed not to be in a position to go ahead as planned and understand that this will come as difficult news for those enrolled or who were looking to attend this year. We believe it is better to look to 2021, when LIYSF will be held as usual

LIYSF takes advice from the relevant government agencies and supporters of the Forum include eminent epidemiologists at the Department of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology, Imperial College London. We are constantly staying updated on the situation. In the UK we follow the advice and guidance on contingency measures provided by the authorities, including Public Health England (PHE) and the National Health Service (NHS). We are also a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust and work in accordance with their guidance.

The UK National Health Service (NHS) has issued advice and guidance to help prevent the spread of the virus, which we encourage you to follow – see here. We also follow UK government guidelines such as those outlined here.

When looking for information about the virus and the situation, please look to trusted sources.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.


The routes of transmission of this novel coronavirus are not clearly known; however, other corona viruses are mainly transmitted by large respiratory droplets and direct or indirect contact with infected secretions.

To reduce the risk of infection all persons should:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or using alcohol hand rub containing 60% alcohol at regular intervals, after using public transport, after toileting and always before food.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, or who appears unwell.
  • If you feel unwell, stay in your room, notify your group leader. Contact local healthcare provider, checking online information first.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash hands. If you don’t have a tissue to hand, cough into the bend of your elbow.
  • Ensure frequently touched items and surfaces e.g. door handles, light switches, taps are cleaned and disinfected.
  • Avoid visiting live bird and animal markets, backyard or commercial poultry farms and do not touch wild or domestic birds (alive or dead).
  • Avoid any contact with animals, birds or surfaces that may be contaminated with animal or bird dropping.
  • Avoid eating or handling under-cooked or raw meat including poultry, egg or duck dishes.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • Should a mask be worn, all the recommended precautions in order to minimise the risk of transmission should still be used.

Courtesy of the BBC


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