Every four years the Center sponsors an international conference for current and former Center fellows, both visiting and resident.
The objectives of these conferences are to renew old professional ties and friendships and to create new ones, as well as to promote academic cooperation and collaborative research among current and former Center fellows. Because most participants come from European countries, these conferences are held in Europe. The first international meeting of the Pittsburgh Fellowship was held in 1988 in Oxford, England. The second conference, held in 1992 in Athens, Greece, was co-sponsored by the National Technical University of Athens and by the University of Athens. The 1996 international meeting of the Pittsburgh Fellowship took place in Italy. The June 2000 meeting was held in Bariloche, Argentina.
In conjunction with the organizers at Fudan University, we have sadly decided to cancel the Quadrennial conference that was to take place May 18 – 21, 2020 in Shanghai, China. With severe travel restriction in some countries and in many universities, it is impossible for nearly all participants to prepare their trip to China (ticket booking, visa application, etc.), and there may be further travel restrictions in the coming weeks.
We are considering various options for organizing the Quadrennial conference in 2021 (perhaps at Fudan), but at this time we are unable to give you more information. We will however keep you informed as we move forward.