LEXINGTON, Ky. — Alltech has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak, with particular consideration for its annual ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, and decided to hold its 2020 event virtually online rather than physically in Lexington, the company said Monday. It will take place as scheduled for May 17-19.
ONE usually physically assembles more than 3,500 attendees from 70 countries and from around the Bluegrass State, but in light of rising health concerns related to coronavirus, Alltech will present ONE 2020 session topics online, transitioning to a virtual experience instead of an in-person event.
“Our first priority is the health and safety of attendees, our colleagues and the communities in which we live and work,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “With that in mind, we have decided to host this year’s international conference on a virtual platform, allowing registrants from around the world to engage in industry-leading content in a way that is accessible for everyone.”
Alltech has held its annual conference in Lexington for 35 years and remains committed to hosting the live event in the city in future years.
“We have carefully considered this decision for several weeks, and central to our discussions was our commitment to this community,” said Dr. Lyons. “We recognize that the ONE conference has a significant economic impact on Lexington, and we will be exploring ways that we can work with our local partners to still deliver value to them in 2020. However, the health and well-being of this community, including our own colleagues and the many people within Lexington who would be working with our attendees, is and will always be our greatest priority.”