President’s Blog, June 2017

Posted on July 6, 2017

As I’m writing this blog post, it’s just over two weeks before the opening ceremony of ISB2017. Preparations for the congress are well underway, with close to 1200 delegates registered for the conference, tutorials and workshops. While it will be winter in Brisbane, I have consulted with the long-range forecasters, who are assuring me that the days will be mostly sunny, with daytime temperatures over 20oC. July is one of the best months to visit Queensland so I hope you take full advantage of the opportunity to visit other areas of Queensland either before or after the congress.

I am thrilled to see so many students and early career academics registered for the congress and that many students have been in contact with our ISB student officer, Kirsty McDonald, to participate in some of the many activities that she has organised. Our ISB technical and working groups have also been working hard to prepare for their satellite meetings and themed sessions within the main program. I’m sure you’ve all been receiving regular updates about ISB2017 and for those that aren't registered, there’s still time!

On another note, I would like to thank the ISB executive council for their continued support since we formed during the Glasgow congress. Two years have passed quickly and each of the councillors has worked hard in their respective portfolios. While we have had to work within a somewhat more restricted budget, we still managed to support a large range of activities, particularly around student support for travel, dissertation grants and the like. I am confident that the incoming president will be able to continue and more than likely expand such support into the future. For those council members finishing their term after Brisbane, I genuinely thank them for their service to the society. Many of the executive will be continuing with a second or third term in office and we will be welcoming several new members, who will undoubtedly bring enthusiasm to the council and provide continuity into the future. Please join me at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) during ISB2017 where we will be officially welcoming the new president elect and council members, as well as thanking out outgoing members and past-president, John Challis, and where I will be handing over the President’s gavel to our incoming president, Joe Hamill. The AGM is also a great opportunity to learn more about the workings and initiatives of the society

Until then, safe travels for those coming to Brisbane and best wishes to others.


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