Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Update as of April 22, 2020

In an effort to continue to deliver expert resources in OA research, OARSI intends to share selected scientific presentations that would have been presented at the 2020 OARSI World Congress in Vienna.  Over the next few months, OARSI will announce the presentation of a series of online educational webinars to its membership delivered by our invited speakers.  OARSI members can expect to see highly requested session highlights, such as the annual "Year in Review" and the 2020 keynote lecture "What Rare Diseases Can Tell Us About OA" shared in a digital manner.  We hope you are well, and safe, and stay that way!  To those OARSI members on the front lines in this pandemic, we thank you for your service!  Please contact OARSI headquarters at with any questions or concerns.

Cancellation of OARSI 2020

In light of the WHO official declaration of a COVID 19 Pandemic, following the recommendations from the CDC and the WHO, the OARSI Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel the 2020 World Congress scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2020 in Vienna, Austria. We will plan to host our 2024 World Congress in Vienna!

OARSI had planned to host 166 oral presentations, 697 posters, and over 1,200 attendees from all over the world. We wish to make it clear we are not considering the postponement of the 2020 Congress, but a full cancellation. However, we will explore alternative ways of disseminating the meaningful and insightful research planned for presentation.

All registration fees received by OARSI, to date, will be refunded without the imposition of a $75 service fee. If you have already received a registration refund, the $75 service fee will be returned to you shortly. 

If you have already made a hotel reservation, please cancel it immediately, and be advised that refunds will be given by all OARSI hotel partners. Please note that OARSI is unable to take responsibility for hotel reservations made outside of the OARSI designated hotels.

We are very grateful to everyone who has worked so hard in preparation for this year’s World Congress, and we request your patience as we work to mitigate the impacts of this cancelation.

We will provide more details and information on our website at and through our social media channels in the days and weeks ahead.

Thank you for your consideration and understanding.


Ali Mobasheri
OARSI President