Nord University Must Cancel HND 2020 Due to Corona Outbreak

Nord University Must Cancel HND 2020 Due to Corona Outbreak

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Einar Kristof started this petition to Nord University and

As the Corona virus is spreading throughout Europe many municipalities and organizers have taken precautions to contain further transmissions by canceling large public events, including e.g. academic conferences, car trade shows, music festivals, and film premiers. 

We believe Nord University should take similar steps to protect its staff, faculty, and students by canceling the annual High North Dialogue conference. This international conference brings together several hundred researchers and students from countries across Europe and other parts of the world greatly increasing the risk of spreading Corona not only at Nord University but also in the Bodø municipality. 

The conference gathers up to 500 individuals in an indoor space for a period of two days, including smaller breakout sessions, dinners, and meet-and-greets. Such close-quarter interaction of people from many geographical areas goes against the recommendations from health authorities which recommend e.g. "If possible, plan alternative ways for participants to enjoy the events by television, radio, or online."

In light of these facts the conference should be canceled or postponed to a point in time when the Corona outbreak is contained. 

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