In spite of significant efforts to promote the conference, we have been unable to generate enough abstract submissions to give us a full program and a financially viable meeting.
The general consensus amongst the local organising committee and the scientific advisory committee is that we have been disadvantaged by competition with other meetings (synchrotron IR meeting the week prior to ACOVS, ICAVS recently held in Japan, an Asian spectroscopy meeting in December, and an RACI Physchem meeting in December).
We have two options: run a smaller scale meeting or re-schedule it to April next year when we will be able to get a larger number of participants. After speaking to the venue and the sponsors, the decision has been taken to postpone the meeting until April (14-16th).
I apologise most sincerely for this development, and hope that you can participate in the meeting at the new dates in April 2014.