Due to the increasing health concerns and escalating developments that have occurred over the last several weeks regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, including the President’s declaration of a National emergency and the recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Office of Science (SC) have decided to cancel the National Science Bowl® (NSB) finals events scheduled for April 30 – May 4, 2020, in Washington, DC.

The DOE Office of Science is currently assessing the feasibility of a smaller-scale academic event for 2020 winning regional teams that would be accommodated through virtual or teleconference participation. Updates will be communicated directly to the team coaches.

We want to thank everyone—team members, coaches, school administrators, volunteers, and the regional coordinators—for their patience over the last month as we monitored the situation and tried to make the most informed decision in the interest of all participants.