A statement on behalf of the SIGGRAPH 2020 conference.

24 April: Concerns about the health and safety of conference participants as well as recent news that the Walter E. Washington Convention Center has been designated a future alternate care site during the COVID-19 pandemic make it impossible to host SIGGRAPH 2020 in Washington, D.C. as planned. With this development, we have decided to move to a virtual conference format.

Our conference theme, Think Beyond, will take on new meaning as we move to a virtual footprint. In collaboration with our hundreds of contributors, we look forward to letting our outstanding content shine in our new digital venue. We are confident that we will deliver a strong SIGGRAPH 2020 that celebrates this year’s advancements and achievements in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Additionally, we are optimistic that this new format will allow more of our global community to come together and participate.

As details of this experience become clear, our SIGGRAPH community will be the first to hear.

13 March: As an event that celebrates a global community, our thoughts go out to all who have been greatly impacted by COVID-19. SIGGRAPH 2020 leadership is actively monitoring news from the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other trusted sources. A Health & Safety web page is being actively updated with news and additional resources. At this time, we remain hopeful that — based on the timing of our conference — SIGGRAPH 2020 will take place as planned, and we will continue evaluating as the situation evolves.

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