The Society had another highly successful Congress in Basel during last September and I congratulate and thank all those involved in the organisation and delivery of an excellent scientific and social programme.
We are now rapidly approaching the dates of our Congress in Basel and all indications are that this will be a highly successful meeting. The registration statistics indicate that we are on track to approximate the record attendance at our last Congress in Bologna and the Scientific Programme promises a highly rewarding and varied content.
I hope members are enjoying a relaxing summer and fine weather as a welcome change from the past winter.
I write this message as we struggle through a major snowstorm that has affected much of Northern Europe and hopefully will represent the “last gasp” of winter.
Following a relatively quiet summer period, the Society is increasingly active on several fronts. The most notable aspect relates to planning and preparation for the next ESRS Congress in Basel next September.
I expect many people reading this newsletter are enjoying summer holidays and I wish everyone a relaxing vacation and opportunity to “recharge the batteries”. We live in interesting times, as the Chinese proverb states, which of course provides challenges but hopefully also opportunities.
As we enter springtime, it is timely to look forward to plans and events for the coming year. The next event directly involving ESRS is the bi-annual Sleep and Breathing Conference, which will be held in Marseilles between April 6-8.
I am very pleased and honoured to be writing this first message as President of the Society. I thank all members who supported my nomination and promise to work hard to promote our Society in all relevant areas of interest.
Many of you may already be on vacation or preparing departure for a hammock-related area, while others have elected to hold the fort and continue working in the lab or the clinic.
I was mentioning in the December 2015 letter that we are living in a difficult world exposed to various threats, including shocking terrorist attacks. Unfortunately this is not an obsolete statement.
We are living in a difficult world exposed to various threats ranging from horrific terrorist attacks to dramatic climate changes, threats relayed and amplified by modern mass media.
The beautiful month of July is once again upon us after a year filled to the brim with exciting new research themes, clinical activities and teaching in the sleep domain.
Spring returns to Europe with this newsletter, a good omen if there ever was one! With it also comes the renewed pleasure of watching migratory birds return to nest in their unique habitats, preparing the future of the species.
Our 22nd ESRS Congress was a huge success offering an ideal combination of high-level scientific quality in sleep research and clinical domains and extensive opportunities to network while discovering the beautiful city of Tallinn.
Soon is coming the longest day of the year and with this light supply many of you already feel the perfume of well deserved vacations. Before enjoying sun, naps and fresh cocktails while finalizing pending manuscripts (or thinking about), please find enclosed a short intermediate version of the ESRS newsletter.
One year ago at this same period, I was telling you that if the few months following our traditional ESRS congress were once upon a time a quiet period, the content of the March 2013 newsletter’s edition clearly demonstrated how the ESRS teams are working hard to the benefit of our society.
First of all, welcome to the new members who joined ESRS and have been officially accepted since our last newsletter.
First of all, let me with this summer ESRS newsletter wish you pleasant and well-deserved escapes after a busy year working in the sleep domain!
If the few months following our traditional ESRS congress have once been a quiet period, this newsletter demonstrates that it is no longer the case and that the ESRS board and its associates are working hard to the benefit of our society!