From what we hear, those who attended thought the Conference a great success. Mike Clayton (UK HSE) has now begun his term of office as President of the ISRP and noted some of his impressions from around the Conference:-
‘Moving Forward with Respiratory Protection’ - the theme of the 2014 Prague conference was well reflected by the range of technical presentations and new products exhibited during the conference. Conference attendees - over 120 delegates from 14 countries – heard about the latest research on fit testing, RPD developments and the latest on the ISO RPD standards to name but a few topic areas. It is reassuring to hear about the research and development in respiratory protection that is leading to improved protection. There were also great social events that provided enjoyable opportunities for further discussions and making new friends. (Check out the photo galleries, more photos keep getting added) I hope like me you found the conference a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Once again I would like to congratulate the European Section Conference Committee, superbly guided by Leo Steenweg. They put in many a long hour over the last three years to ensure this conference was a success. It was a pity that Leo could not attend the conference, as he was caring for his wife Hennie who unfortunately had an accident shortly before the conference; I wish Hennie a speedy recovery.
I would like to extend a special thank you to our conference sponsors who helped to make the event a success. The sponsors are listed on the conference website.
As usual there were a number of awards and prizes presented during the conference. It was an honour to present the William R. Revoir award to Bill Newcomb for his outstanding services to the ISRP over many years, and the Edwin C. Hyatt award to Craig Colton and Andy Capon for their significant contributions to the field of respiratory protection. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to Andy for his dedication and service to the ISRP as Vice President, President and Past President and for his great leadership within the European Section.
Additionally, I’d like to congratulate the other 2014 ISRP Conference award winners listed below:
2014 Arthur Johnson Young Researcher Award – Margaret Sietsema
2014 Bob Bentley Bursary Award – Nick Hunter
2014 ISRP Conference Best Paper Award– Chungsik Yoon
2014 ISRP Conference Best Poster Award– Girish Srinivas
I would also like to thank all those who presented at the conference and I encourage you to turn your presentations into a paper for submission to the journal.
The European Section Conference Committee has already received feedback from some delegates during the conference. If you have not yet provided any feedback, it would be great if you could find the time to send in a few words. Additionally, ideas for what you would like to see at future conferences are very welcome.
I was honoured to take over as your Society President at the Prague Conference and I would like to express my sincere thanks to Geoff Betsinger, our previous President, for all of his hard work during his tenure and I welcome our new Vice President Lars Ronner. At the AGM I introduced a strategy for increasing our influence. I will be discussing the strategy with the officers and directors and we will be publishing more details soon. Your input into the strategy will be key to its success.
Looking further ahead, the Asian Section are already planning the 18th ISRP International Conference which will be held in Yokohama in November 2016. Please help our Asian Section make the conference a great success – remember it’s never too early to start planning your papers!
And finally, as you are reading this then you have visited the conference website. I must thank Ian Bennett for his great work on the ISRP Prague website. Having a dedicated conference website was a new and successful venture for the Society and we will be taking this forward to the Yokohama conference, so please look out for the website at http://yokohama.isrp.com/, it will be going live very soon and you should sign up for updates.