Throughout 2020 COVID-19 has affected power electronics workshops and conferences around the world. It is a shame that it appears the situation will not be getting better any time soon. I am writing this in October 2020. Here in the United States the COVID-19 pandemic is starting another surge. Given the United States’ unwillingness to do what is needed to stop the spread of this coronavirus I expect the pandemic to last well into 2021 – no matter who wins the upcoming United States Presidential election. This will affect conferences and workshops both in the U.S. and in the rest of the world. For conferences in the U.S., participations and physical attendance will be limited not only by travel restrictions for U.S. residents but also because the U.S. will be off-limits to much of the rest of the world. For conferences and workshops to be held outside the U.S. participation and attendance will be reduced because residents of the United States may not be allowed to enter the host country. This will make planning events more challenging as the number of papers and seminars submitted and the number of registered attendees will be hard to predict. Previous year’s numbers will be of little value when planning meeting rooms and setting budgets.
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