I write to you from a brilliant early autumn day in mid Sweden. We are in the fourth wave of the Covid pandemic but it is mild and society is not disrupted. But this is not true for every country, different people have to live under different epidemiological situations and different national strategies to cope with it. And the people of Ukraine still have to suffer the horrors of war or the frustration of exile, while the Russians are fed lies and misinformation by their leaders.
But your Society is very active. We are busy planning the upcoming conference while work with other educational projects such as guidelines and e-learning is moving on.
As previously announced, the 2022 ICCS conference will be in colorful, friendly, safe Taipei, Taiwan. Although the prognosis is that no quarantine will be required for vaccinated participants we know that for some people it will still be difficult to travel to Taiwan, so we plan to make key parts of the conference avalilable for online participants as well. Please check the conference website 2022iccs.org ! We know that many high-quality abstracts have been submitted for presentation and are sure that Board member Stephen Yang and his team will make this a great event. And our old ICCS friend CK Yeung from Hong Kong has accepted to fill the Kelm Hjälmås Memorial Speaker role.
Together with Drs Dawn McLellan, Daniel Keefe and Rodrigo Romão an ICCS course will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on June 16-17 in 2023. At least three board members including myself will be among the speakers and I promis that we, and the local experts, will do our very best. This will be the first time your Society is in Atlantic Canada and everyone tells me that Halifax is a lovely place. Put a big fat cross in your calendar.
Planning has started for an ICCS course in fascinating Chandigarh, India, in April 22-23, 2023. This will be led by our Regional Representative for South Asia, Dr Chowdhary, together with Professor Manahan of Chandigarh and several board members including Chairperson of the education committee dr Anne Wright. More information coming!
Some of you may have noticed that the ICCS website is hopelessly antiquated and poorly updated. The reasons for this are the usual ones; lack of time, lack of technical know-how. But this will now be changed! A good web-company has been hired and they are working together with Board member Bira Barroso as we speak. Soon everything will be fully updated and we will also have a useful presence on social media.
Don’t forget the ICCS e-learning course on pediatric urology. It is readily available from the website and I promis that it won’t make you disappointed.
During the Taiwan conference 2022 we will hold an ICCS General Assembly. There are then four upcoming Board vacancies that need to be filled: the positions held by myself, Anka Nieuwhof-Leppink, Israel Franco and Stephen Yang. Taking geography, profession and gender balance into account the Board has nominated four excellent persons. Their abbreviated CVs and mission statements are available on the homepage
Successor to myself: Dr Michal Maternik PhD, pediatric nephrologist from Gdansk, Poland.
Successor to Anka Nieuwhof Leppink: Bieke Samijn PhD, physiotherapist/urotherapist from Ghent, Belgium
Successor to Stephen Yang: Professor Jian Guo Wen, pediatric urologist from Zhengzhou, China
Successor to Israel Franco: Professor Stacy Tanaka, pediatric urologist from Birmingham, AL, USA
The new Board will decide internally about the President, Treasurer and Secretary positions.
But you, dear member, also have the opportunity to nominate people, such as yourself. This is how to do it. Provide the General Secretary Dr Kostas Kamperis (email@example.com) with the following, at least one month before the General Assembly: a CV of the nominee, a short statement of intent of the nominee, and a written endorsement by three other ICCS members. Also, please make clear which of the four vacant Board position the nominee is nominated for.
Please do not hesitate to pose questions and suggestions to us in the Board or to the ICCS Regional Representative from your part of the world. It is your activity that keeps us going.
Since my time as ICCS President will end in Taipei this may be the last message you will receive from me. So take care of each other, listen to each other and respect the evidence!