Dear Challenger Society members
We are writing to let you know that after detailed discussions and hard thinking, the local organising committee of the delayed 2020 Challenger meeting, hoped to be held in Oban in September 2021, together with Council, have taken the very difficult decision to cancel the meeting. I am sure you can appreciate what a challenging decision this has been, and you may well guess at many of the underlying reasons which are too extensive to list here. We are as disappointed as you that we will not have the opportunity to share our marine science and meet in person in the same way this year. With luck, however, our appetites will be well and truly whetted for the bonanza event planned for the Challenger 150th anniversary in London 2022 and we will look forward to seeing you all, in person (everything crossed!), at that time. All award and fellowship nominations will be carried over to 2022, and let me just encourage you all to take a moment, and nominate deserving individuals for this recognition, with a particular thought to equality and diversity. There is now even more time to put those nominations together!
We are very sorry again for such a disappointing decision, but thank you again for your continued support of the Challenger Society.
Ros Rickaby and Nick Owens.
President of The Challenger Society and Chair of the 2020 Conference Organising Committee