We are very sorry that we have to announce another postponement notice. We expect the postponement approximately for one year.
When the 2nd announcement was distributed, we were going to determine the details of the workshop this March.
Here were what we found out two months prior to the actual meeting.
Japanese government had started measuring to resume cross-border travel from the beginning of the March. Unfortunately, however, the RIKEN administration told us that they cannot support to issue the short-term visas for invitations to the HPTW2022 in May because of the following reasons.
1: VISA is required now even if you are coming from a country that was exempt from VISA before COVID-19.
2: In April, RIKEN will start to allow long-term residents or employees for RIKEN to enter Japan.
If we were to implement HPTW as planned, participation from abroad will be limited to online. This type of workshop is technically possible, however, given the experience of these last two years coupled with the nature of our community as well as with the history of HPTW as a discussion technical forum and know-how exchange platform (rather than a conference), we believe that a fully online even would hinder the exchanges and the benefit of collaboration and discussions, so much needed in these difficult times.
We apologize to those who have sent us abstracts and have registered through the indico page.
Hiroki OKUNO and Shunsuke Makimura on behalf of the LOC of HPTW2022