A successful 18 th ISRP conference with fantastic arrangement is over.
The conference was well reflected by the range oftechnical presentations, posters and product exhibition. We had 161 delegates, 9 sponsors, 13 exhibitors, 49 oral presenters and 10 poster presenters. The basic topic for the conference was Respiratory Protection with Advanced Safety and Comfort and other important topics were fit testing, education of respirator wearers, new technologies for RPDs, standards, evaluation methods, instruments and social needs. There were also great social events, a welcome reception, the unforgettable Japan Festa and finally the award dinner. These events provided great opportunities for fruitful discussions and meeting with old and new friends. Please check out the photo gallery that Simon Smith has so kindly put together. I hope like me you found the conference a rewarding, enjoyable and a fun experience.
I would like to congratulate The Executive Committee of the 18th ISRP International Conference, Represented by Yoshimi Matsumura, President of ISRP Asian. They have put in a lot of time to secure the success of this conference.
My special thanks go to our conference sponsors who helped make the event a success. The sponsors are listed on the conference website.
Several awards were given during the conference. It was an honor to present the William R. Revoir award to Graham Bostock for his outstanding leadership and service to the ISRP, and the Edwin C. Hyatt award to Ian Maxwell for his scientific and technical contributions to the field of respiratory protection.
Additionally, I’d like to congratulate the other 18th ISRP Conference award winners listed below:
Arthur Johnson Young Researcher Award – Mrs. Florence Janvier
Bob Bentley Bursary Award – Mr. Jamie Drew
ISRP Conference Best Paper Award – Mr. Hiroki Haruta
ISRP Asian Young Japan Prize – Dr. Kazunori Ikegami
Feedback is extremely important for us to be able to improve, so it would be great if you could find the time to send in a few words on ideas what you would like to see at future conferences.
I would also like to thank all those who presented at the conference and I encourage you all to turn your presentations into papers for submission to the journal.
I was honored to take over as your Society President and I would like to give a warm thanks to Mike Clayton, our previous President, for all of his hard work during his term. I also would like to welcome our new Vice President Michael Parham, Chief Engineer, Industrial PPE Solutions at Scott Safety. He is a great addition to the ISRP team – welcome Michael!
We have as well a new Education Program Manager Matthew Judson, Director – Respiratory & Technical Support at JSP ltd. another great addition to the ISRP team – welcome Matthew! Saying that I would like to give a warm thanks to Simon Smith that has been our Educationm Program Manager for so many years, Simon has spent a lot of time in developing our education programs and communicating them to areas where they are needed.
During the conference we held two Board of Directors meetings and the AGM. We had very productive meetings with discussions relating to the journal, membership, communications and the website. We also heard reports for the upcoming and future conferences. The new website platform project is moving forward nicely. This new platform will give the website a fresh and modern look, with increased functionality for communications, social media and e-commerce. I’d like to express my warm thanks to Ian Bennet that has so kindly taken this project under his wings. As usual, the minutes of the board meetings will be published on the members’ only section of the website and I encourage you to take a read. We have as well kicked of a communication team lead by Jessica Hauge which will be very much involved in creating the website and its contents. I will give you all a frequent update on this.
Our effort to grow the society is essential. One way to grow the membership is to reach out to potentially new section countries like Poland, Russia, France, Germany, Brazil and India. We will continue to develop our corporation with IOHA to increase the global awareness of the ISRP.
Looking further ahead, the Americas Section are already planning the 19th ISRP International Conference which will be held in Denver, USA in September 2018. Please help our Americas Section make the conference a great success. It’s never too early to start thinking about papers!
Last but not least, many thanks to Dr Ziqing Zhuang and his Editorial Review Board for their professionalism in their work with our journal. I trust you will enjoy reading the papers in this volume of the journal.
I welcome your ideas, comments and suggestions – please contact me at .
Lars Ronner, President ISRP