Dear ptc Community,As organizer of an event with a high degree of internationality, the EITEP Institute observes the development of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) since long with great attention.The health and safety of our partners, participants and exhibitors is our highest priority. As in the past years, we have made every effort to guarantee you a successful, pleasant and above all safe event. The continuing great success of ptc shows that we were able to meet all of your expectations.With the growth of the coronavirus pandemic we have been forced to revise our risk assessment, which we base on recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the World Health Organization (WHO). For an objective discussion and more information on the coronavirus, we refer to the websites of WHO (www.who.int) and RKI (www.rki.de). In cooperation with the venues, we were able to work out measures that enabled all parties to hold a safe event.Following this assessment, on 04 March 2020, the public health department in Berlin, which is responsible for us, has imposed further conditions for the event. Unfortunately, we are not able to meet these requirements. Even though a considerable amount of preparatory work has already been done, we have therefore decided, in consultation with the Chairmen of the Advisory Committee, to cancel the 15th Pipeline Technology Conference.In order to make use of the rich content that has already been prepared, we are right now working on a solution to offer an online version of ptc 2020. We will keep you updated.We regret this development, especially as we are proud that the ptc has enabled so much professional exchange and personal closeness that the number of participants and exhibitors has increased by 20% - 25% annually over the last 6 years. So shortly before the event we already had to cover most of the external costs and personnel costs. Since we had to cancel and reorganize the event for reasons beyond our control, we are currently not able to say whether a refund of the fees received will be possible at all. We are also in negotiations with the hotel regarding their cancellation fees for your booked stay.I very much regret what is happening. We thank all our speakers, participants, sponsors, exhibitors, supporters and the whole ptc community for their engagement and commitment to the ptc and hope that you will remain part of the ptc family.We will keep you updated.Dr. Klaus RitterPresident EITEP Institute.