We are deeply sorry to announce that our directors have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Fostering Hope and Optimism Conference scheduled from the 20th-21st May 2020 in Kerry, Ireland. In light of the current health crisis, we feel it is in everyone’s best interests to postpone this event until the 19th-20th October, 2020.
Given the current concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and the risks posed to travel and large gatherings, our primary responsibility is the health and well-being of our staff, delegates, guests and speakers. We have thus been left with no choice other than to postpone this event. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this causes, and hope that you will join us at the event in October.
As an alternative, we will be offering a web-based conference from select speakers on Tuesday 19th May, as well as additional online web conferences every three weeks. The first event, titled 'Making Sense of a VUCA World: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous', is free to access for ticket holders and will take place on the web-conference system Zoom, where we hope to host a series of online resources for the foreseeable future. To book this event, please visit our main site by clicking here.
We are confident that this will be an informative learning experience for all, and feel that it is our duty to continue as normally as possible during this period. One of the most important themes of our work is stress and coping, and continuing to work on reducing stress within populations of vulnerable distressed people and their supporters is more important than ever during this period. At its heart, this conference was centred around collaborating on fostering hope and optimism in our communities, and we urge everyone to adopt an optimistic and positive approach to the current climate of fear and panic.
Again, we are very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. During this unpredictable time, we encourage individuals and organisations alike to take all measures to protect the health and welfare of themselves and individuals in their care.
Studio III Directors