BIBA and Airmic cancelled

The Biba and Airmic conferences planned to be held in Manchester in May and Edinburgh in June this year have been cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.


Biba commented: “We know that this will come as an enormous disappointment to all of those involved, including our sponsors, exhibitors, suppliers, delegates and speakers. Indeed we, and the whole insurance sector, will miss the 2020 event. We would like to sincerely thank all those involved for their support.

“We have not taken this decision lightly. The cancellation is however necessary for reasons which we are sure you will appreciate, and which are beyond our control. Since the seriousness of the spread of Coronavirus became apparent, we have hoped that its trajectory would be such that BIBA 2020 would not be affected. It is clear now that this is not the case and we cannot, proceed with the event, particularly in circumstances that would put the health of many thousands of people at risk and be contrary to the Government’s advice to avoid mass gatherings.

We hope to see you at BIBA 2021 which we will work to make even better than before.”

Airmic commented: “We know that the conference is a highlight of the risk management calendar and appreciate how much time and effort has already been invested by our members, partners, exhibitors, the Airmic team and the many other people involved in the conference planning. We would like to thank everyone for their support and hard work.

“These exceptional circumstances have highlighted the value of intelligent risk management, and Airmic has transformed itself into a virtual association in order that we can continue to support members and stakeholders through our education, training and technical output. If there are opportunities to hold networking events including the ERM Forum and the Annual Dinner later in the year, then we will. However, a large conference which takes months to organise is highly unlikely to occur this year.

“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by coronavirus, and we pledge to play our part as a responsible organisation in helping to overcome this crisis. “

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