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We've received a lot of questions about the status of the upcoming BPS 2022 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, so I would like to provide an update and some information in response. Planning for the in-person meeting in San Francisco continues. The goal of the meeting is always to present quality science, but the health and safety of our attendees is also a top priority.    

We are committed to doing everything we can to keep presenters, attendees, exhibitors, vendors, guests, and staff safe from COVID-19 and are taking all necessary precautions recommended by the government, public health organizations, and the City of San Francisco. The City of San Francisco requires proof of vaccination to go into restaurants and public buildings, and face masks must be worn in most public places. 

In keeping with city regulations, all meeting attendees will be required to confirm their vaccination and booster status by 9 February. (The instructions for vaccination confirmation were emailed to registrants on 10 January.) While in the Moscone Center, masks are required when not eating or drinking, and attendees are asked to make every effort to maintain appropriate social distancing. Details about the health protocols are on our website. In addition, BPS has arranged an on-site healthcare provider who will have rapid antigen and PCR testing available (for a fee), and we will provide information about other local testing facilities as well.  

Although some members have voiced apprehensions about attending an in-person meeting, much of the feedback to the Society's leadership reflects attendees' enthusiasm to engage with presenters and one another in San Francisco. The meeting organizers, staff, and leadership have put a great deal of time and effort into preparing the program and look forward to an exciting meeting. As President, I greatly appreciate the many contributions BPS members have made to both the scientific program and the biophysics community.  

Attesting to members' enthusiasm, we received nearly 3,000 abstracts and more than 3,000 people have registered for the meeting. We anticipate additional registrants before the 7 February late registration deadline. We are aware that some people may not be able to travel or feel comfortable traveling due to country or institutional travel bans or personal health and safety concerns. Therefore, BPS is providing on-demand content to keep us connected after the meeting.  

As we appear to be transitioning from pandemic to endemic disease, we need to consider what is best for our community. We will continue to provide updates as plans develop. Again, thank you for your commitment to the Biophysical Society, and I look forward to a successful and inspiring meeting. I hope that each of you stays safe and healthy during these uncertain times, and that we see one another in-person or online in the months ahead.

Sincerely, 

Frances Separovic 
BPS President 

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