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ISOTT 2012, Bruges, Belgium

2012-09-03 19:40

The 40th Annual Meeting of ISOTT was held at the Novotel hotel in Bruges Belgium on August 19-24, 2012 and was attended by 100 participants of which 28 were PhD students and 63 PI or postdoctoral researchers.

Sabine Van Huffel, President of ISOTT 2012 organized the meeting co-chaired by Gunnar Naulaers. 

The meeting included 11 invited lectures of which 9 keynotes, one memorial lecture for Mamoru Tamura given by Eiji Takahashi and one Kovach lecture delivered by Peter Vaupel. There were 59 contributed oral and 29 poster presentations. 

This year's annual meeting comprised a special PhD student programme consisting of 3 specific PhD treats.  Poster flash presentation by Promising Local PhD Talents (6 posters) on Monday. Meet-the-Experts lunch on Tuesday during which PhD students met ISOTT experts from the scientific committee. Finally, on Thursday, ISOTT's Presidents' Panel Discussion held by past, present and future ISOTT presidents addressed questions related to oxygen transport in tissue.

Social events included a welcome walking dinner reception on Sunday night. On Monday there was a guided tour at the City hall of Bruges ending by a Belgian beer discovery and followed by a dinner at the romantic Maximiliaan Van Oostenrijk restaurant.  The highlight of ISOTT 2012 was certainly the Gala Dinner held at Bruges Concert Hall on Thursday evening including the Award Ceremony and ending with a dance party.

Many well-qualified candidates applied for the ISOTT awards. The Melvin H. Knisely award was attributed to Takahiro Igarashi. Maria Papademetriou won the Dietrich Lübbers award and Felix Scholkmann won the Britton Chance award. The following persons received each a Bruley award: Allan Al-armaghany , Yuta Sekiguchi , Tharindi Hapuarachchi , Rebecca Re , Ebba Sivertsson , Ben Jones , André Steimers  and Malou Friederich-Persson.

Proceedings of the meeting will come out in the spring of 2013.

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