Authored by: Andrew Wood
Published on: Dec 19, 2017
Whilst many of you in the Northern Hemisphere are preparing for (or have already experienced) snow and ice, here in Melbourne the days are over 30°C and thoughts go to preparing for holidays down at the beach! Thoughts also go to our annual conference, both looking back and looking forward. For many of us who attended the conference in Hangzhou we were impressed by the warm welcome and efficient organisation that made for such a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Now is the time to start thinking about the conference in Portorož, Slovenia. The call for papers will soon go out, followed by the beginning of the early registration period in January, with a deadline for abstracts most likely in February. I encourage you all to visit the website at www.bioem2018.org to see photos of the conference centre and the various local attractions. In late June, the weather promises to be very comfortable, with average overnight minima and daytime maxima ranging from 16 to 26 C respectively. I am already making my plans to be there and I hope you will be, too.
This is also time to be thinking of renewing your membership, if you have not already done so. There are many advantages in continuing BEMS membership, including reduced registration for the conference and access to the on-line version of the society journal, Bioelectromagnetics, at a vastly discounted price. In fact, the membership discount for the conference is greater than the cost of society membership. For students, the discount for society membership and journal subscription are even more generous.
In the New Year the BEMS Board will be investigating new initiatives to add value to members and also to increase outreach into parts of the world at present under-represented in our membership. The vote to elicit your views on a proposed merger of BEMS with the European Bioelectromagnetic Association (EBEA) will also be likely to proceed in the next month or two.
As we approach the holiday season, I hope that however you will be celebrating, you will have a happy, contented and meaningful time. I will be spending time with my family in a traditional Christmas and then afterwards heading with them to the area known as Gippsland, with its lush rolling valleys and soft sandy beaches. As we look forward to 2018, I hope this New Year will be a time of great productivity, prosperity and safety for all of us.
The Bioelectromagnetics Society