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2014 Annual Conference VIEW 


When
July 27-1
Where
Montréal’s Convention Centre
Montréal, QC
Contact
Congresses Manager: Marie Lanouette

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 IUMS 2014Report
Prepared by: Pierre Talbot,IUMS Vice-President
President, IUMS 2014 National Organizing Committee
Montréal, Québec, Canada

 I had the honour to be mandated by the Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM), of which I have been a member for more than 30 years and president twodecades ago,to prepare and present a bid for holding the three International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) congresses, which are held every three years, in Montréal, in 2014, with CSM as the host society (and member of IUMS) andthe help of the National Research Council (NRC) Conference Office. The last time an IUMS congress was held in Canada was the International Congress of Virology in Edmonton in 1987.

Our bid was presented to the IUMS Executive Board in Istanbul, in 2008, where it won the international competition, a clear indication of the outstanding status of microbiology in Canada. Seven years (2007-2014) of detailed planning and hard work by local, national and international microbiologists have led to IUMS 2014international event, bringing together thousands of delegates to discuss the latest advances in all aspects of microbiology.As Vice-President of IUMS whose main task was to link with the National Organizing Committee, this was rendered overall much easier by my function of President of the National Organizing Committee.

The National Organizing Committee for IUMS 2014 held twenty-one formal meetings between May 2009 and July 2014, in addition to many meetings and discussions, in person and online, and various activities of Committee members.

The three Chairs: Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology (BAM): Miguel Vicente, Mycology and Eukaryotic Microbiology (MEM): TeunBoekhout, Virology (VIR): Terry Dermody, and Vice-chairs (BAM: Charles Dozois, MEM: Pierre Belhumeur, VIR: Alain Lamarre) of the scientific program committees working with Canadian and International Advisory Boards, using roughly the same guidelines, put together an outstanding scientific program for IUMS 2014, with five morning keynote sessions (plenary for each division) and four afternoonconcurrent workshop sessions, as well as four all-day poster sessions with viewing time in the presence of authors around lunch time (11-12 pm and 12-1 pm).

As an acknowledgmentthat IUMS 2014 does cover all aspects of microbiology we took the following actions: 1) add Eukaryotic Microbiology to Mycology; 2) Trans-disciplinaryplenary Bridging Sessions on Monday to Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 pm (Emerging Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses, Vaccines and Anti-Microbials, Host-Pathogen and Host-Cell Interactions). At the same time on Thursday, we have a plenary Nobel Session with Aaron Ciechanover(Ubiquitin proteolytic system) and Rolf Zinkernagel (Immunological recognition of viruses).

The Local Organizing Committee has largely defined the main aspects of the non-scientific program: social activities (Sunday’s opening ceremony with Carpe Diem Circus cultural attraction surrounding welcome speeches, opening scientific lecture, and welcome reception; Thursday’s Banquet dinner; Friday’s closing ceremony, scientific lecture and closing remarks, as well as a promotion of IUMS 2017, Singapore), accompanying persons touristic program (please do note that the latest creation from Cirque du soleil, Kurios, has recently left Montreal but does play in Quebec City from July 24 to August 17). Also, more than 70 volunteers were at work and visible all week with their “Volunteer”red T-shirts. Each had specific task.

On top of that, the NOC arranged for an opening scientific lecture on Sunday by Julian Davies, Canada (“Living in a microbial universe”), and a closing scientific lecture on Friday by Philippe Sansonetti, France (“Gut microbiota: after metagenomics, experimentomics”). This latter conference also serve as the opening event for a networking event reserved for members of the International Network of Pasteur Institutes, to which belongs my home institution, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier.

Financial assistance consisted in a waiver of registration fees plus an amount of $500 or $1000 CAD. Of the 369 applications, we were able to provide 76 financial assistance packages (BAM: 46, MEM: 8, VIR: 22) with a total budget of $100,000. Of note, more than two-thirds of the financial assistance package went to delegates from developing countries.

Marketing included a website and presence on social media, electronic mailing lists, visibility and promotion at various scientific meetings, advertisement in scientific journals and a scientific poster distributed to universities worldwide.I take this opportunity to thank CSM for promoting IUMS 2014.

Sponsorship and Exhibitors were crucial activities for NOC’s financial health. Even though it was verytime-consuming and somewhat difficult, we report fundraising results of close to $200,000 CAD, as well as the on-site presence of more than 30 exhibitors. Again, the contribution of CSM is gratefully acknowledged.

The Local Organizing Committee has largely defined the main aspects of the non-scientific program: social activities (Sunday’s opening ceremony with Carpe Diem Circus cultural attraction surrounding welcome speeches, opening scientific lecture, and welcome reception; Thursday’s Banquet dinner; Friday’s closing ceremony, scientific lecture and closing remarks, as well as a promotion of IUMS 2017, Singapore), accompanying persons touristic program (please do note that the latest creation from Cirque du soleil, Kurios, has recently left Montreal but does play in Quebec City from July 24 to August 17). Also, more than 70 volunteers were at work and visible all week with their “Volunteer”red T-shirts. Each had specific task.

About 1,822 delegates from 89 countries, participated in the IUMS 2014 Congresses: 790 regular registration, 153 post docs, 492 students, 199 speaker, 22 complimentary Post docs, 48 Complimentary Students and 74 volunteers. Out of these registrants 556 were from Canada.

On behalf of the National Organizing Committee, I amvery proud and humbled topresent this report on IUMS 2014 to CSM. We did face numerous challenges and I strongly feel that the result is impressive and the best anyone could have accomplished in the same situation. Our scientific event has all the ingredients to be a resounding success with high impact on all aspects of microbiology.

Of note, this “International Congressof Microbiology” does provide a unique opportunity to internationally showcase the excellence in microbiology research and related activities done by members of CSM and Canadian microbiologists in general. Incidentally, of the close to 600 Canadians registered in IUMS 2014, it seems that only a third are currently CSM members, which I believe represents an opportunity to significantly increase CSM membership in the future. Moreover, the IUMS 2014 National Organizing Committee has worked hard to satisfy the legitimate wish of CSM to hold a variety of their annual events during IUMS 2014.

In conclusion, this was a special year for CSM, the Canadian host society for this unique international event.I firmly believe that together we made the most of it!



 



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