Coronavirus/COVID-19 and USENIX Conferences

Reviewed 2 July 2020

After thorough consideration, and with the safety of our attendees, speakers, volunteers, staff, and vendors in mind, we have made changes to multiple events.

The following in-person events will instead take place as virtual events on the dates listed below:

Additionally, we have rescheduled the following in-person events. These are the affected events with the new dates:

Finally, we have cancelled the following events:

  • HotSec ’20; please save the date for HotSec ’21, August 10, 2021, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • LISA20; please save the dates for LISA21, June 1–3, 2021, Anaheim, CA, USA

All other USENIX events scheduled after August 11, 2020, currently remain unchanged. USENIX Association is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will update this page as needed. We intend to continue following official guidance from public health officials.

Travel advisories are likely to continue evolving, and we recommend that conference participants monitor the information posted by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and regional authorities.

For those planning to attend our upcoming events (attendees, speakers, volunteers, staff, and vendors), we request that you follow the advice of the CDC, including these guidelines:

  • Self-isolating if experiencing cold or flu symptoms, including sending a substitute to the event in your place if necessary
  • Refraining from shaking hands at events and instead using non-contact forms of greeting (e.g., waving and/or greeting one another verbally)
  • Observing the maximum possible personal space at events and avoiding close crowding
  • Except when eating or drinking, wearing a mask at all times to protect others and yourself, as asymptomatic transmission is possible
  • Thorough and frequent hand washing, especially before eating and after blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoiding touching one’s face, especially with unwashed hands
  • Using cough and sneeze etiquette (i.e., using and immediate disposal of tissues; if not possible, using the crook of one’s elbow)
  • Avoiding contact with people who are sick

In addition to following the recommendations of health authorities, we are working with the venues that host our events to employ prudent precautions. Venues will provide hand sanitizing stations, as well as frequent wipe-downs of commonly touched areas, including door handles, counters, water dispensers, audio/visual equipment, etc.

USENIX maintains a list of local emergency care facilities in each city where we hold events, and asks that anyone experiencing symptoms of illness seek care as appropriate.

If you are a speaker who is unable to travel due to this situation, please contact the program co-chairs of your event to discuss arrangements.

You may contact USENIX with questions and concerns at conference@usenix.org.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Information
CDC Travel Advisory
World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Situation Reports