Quarantine and travel limitations imposed by the Covid-19 response are all challenging, but challenges drive adaptation. The President of JITRI, Prof. Liu Qing, reports that, even after the reopening of JITRI headquarters, he finds himself moving some meetings that previously would have involved in-person travel to an online format, just because it is so much more time-efficient. Similarly, we must now find ways to make WAITRO serve its members better. Travel restrictions have thrown a large wrench into the works of several planned activities this year and will likely result in delays to some events and in moving others into new formats. We are already looking into how we can use online resources to make these activities even better. Nevertheless, we in the Secretariat are keenly aware that the WAITRO membership is highly diverse and that not all member institutions may have the same access to reliable, high speed internet. This makes it particularly important to respond to our surveys, read the newsletter, and give feedback about what works and what does not, so that we can best bring you value.
Surprising levels of success using an online format for meetings, however, have already been achieved. One example was the American Physical Society (APS) meeting scheduled for April 2020 that had to be canceled at fairly short notice but was, at least partially, replaced by an online format. Usually, 1,600–1,800 people attend the April Meeting in person, but APS reports that 7,267 registered this time and the response from many of the virtual attendees was quite positive. Of course, there is no comparison (yet) between the scale of an APS conference and a typical WAITRO meeting and the intangible social benefits of face-to-face meetings means that we will most certainly never consider eliminating them entirely but we have both an opportunity and an obligation to respond to the changing landscapes of social distancing and flight restrictions to enhance the value that WAITRO offers to its members. Please engage with us as we develop new programs, lend your active support wherever possible and, most important of all, stay safe!
Paul Burrows, Yao Xin, Duan Ran,
WAITRO Secretariat, China Office
 https://www.xprize.org/fight-covid19, accessed April 28th 2020.
 See for example https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01239-2, accessed April 28th 2020.