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Challenging Times

My planned opener for the April issue is of course now obsolete. Usually, writing a viewpoint for April is one of the easiest things to do: APEC only a few days ago, lots of stories to tell about the latest products presented and interesting meetings with partners and friends. Also, PCIM Europe is normally just a few weeks away and we would be working on our preview. But now PCIM Europe is also postponed. Both cancellations, along with so many others are the right decision in my opinion -whether these decisions were made by the event organisers or the authorities. In these difficult times it is simply not appropriate to hold or attend mass events. It is up to each individual to do everything possibl...

Challenging Times

My planned opener for the April issue is of course now obsolete. Usually, writing a viewpoint for April is one of the easiest things to do: APEC only a few days ago, lots of stories to tell about the latest products presented and interesting meetings with partners and friends. Also, PCIM Europe is normally just a few weeks away and we would be working on our preview. But now PCIM Europe is also postponed. Both cancellations, along with so many others are the right decision in my opinion -whether these decisions were made by the event organisers or the authorities. In these difficult times it is simply not appropriate to hold or attend mass events. It is up to each individual to do everything possible to help fight the spread of the corona virus. My thoughts are with all those who face this challenge every day in the medical sector.
These cancellations are a bitter loss not only for the teams of APEC and PCIM, not only economically, but also for the presenters of the conference and the exhibitors. All the preparation and the work that has been invested, all the hours in the evenings which, mostly in their free time, people worked on their presentation - all these efforts should not have been in vain. Now, more than ever, it is up to the media to deliver your message. In times when such extraordinary, external circumstances, make direct contact with your audience impossible, publications can be a reliable carrier of information. It is important to stay up to date and to keep your message alive.

No one can predict how long this situation will last. The situation is very dynamic, and you will understand that the event calendar you can find below starts in July this time. The one on our website is updated daily to keep you informed. You may find it a useful source when it comes to travel planning. We are getting very positive feedback on this feature of our new site!

Bodo's preparations for the podium discussion during PCIM later this year continue unchanged. The topic of wide-band- gap is still hot, you can find more about it on the following pages. But in parallel to this we are working on alternatives for the worst-case scenario. As I previously mentioned the media, both print and digital, must then step up. I think that companies would do well to consider alternatives as well. I visited the first virtual exhibition stand and I think that this is an interesting idea that could be pursued further.

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My Green Power Tip for the Month:
I am not sure if a Green Power Tip is relevant at this moment. If there is one positive aspect about the virus, it might be that the world has almost stopped for a while. All the travel bans and the slow down of everyday life are at least a positive impact on the environment.

Stay healthy!