MESSAGE FROM SECON TEAM:
Over the last several hours, we have been in several conversations with Harvard administration over how to best proceed. The Harvard community has just created COVID-19 guidelines for large events on campus this weekend. Provost Alan M. Garber is strongly discouraging the entire Harvard community from hosting events for over 100 people beginning this weekend. Every conference or large scale event is cancelled through April starting after this weekend. Additionally, the Harvard Kennedy School has notified us that all events on Sunday are cancelled due to COVID-19.
Taking these factors into consideration, we have decided to cancel the entire conference. We truly apologize for the inconvenience and for delivering this news on such late notice. This was an extremely difficult decision, but the safety of attendees, panelists, volunteers, our planning team, and others in the Harvard community and at SECON is our highest priority.
Unfortunately, we cannot cover flights, travel, or lodging involved with your participation in SECON. According to Harvard administration guidelines, we are unable to provide funding to conference participants under any circumstance. However, we will be back in touch shortly about refunds for tickets purchased.
We really appreciate your willingness to engage with SECON, and we hope you can be a part of SECON in the future!
If you have any questions, please let us know.