A letter from the President
Dear GSEV Members,
An exceptional 2020 is passing over and we are looking ahead to a hopefully much better and almost normal 2021, on behalf of the GSEV Board, we would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy - and even more important healthy - New Year 2021!
Before leaving for holidays, we want to resume some of our activities during this special year.
The year had started with reports on a new virus infection in China and we learned at the end of February that SARS-COV2 has reached Germany. At the same time we were preparing the IGLD/GSEV congress and already discussed whether the virus could affect the meeting. Although very few attendances cancelled their participation, and we indeed discussed whether a meeting with around 1,000 participants might provide too high infection risks, we met from March 5th-7th in Frankfurt and again had a fantastic meeting.
Certainly, a highlight was the joined session with all societies, in which Prof Sandra Ciesek gave us an excellent overview over the background of SARS-COV2. What we would have not expected at this time, it was the last in persona meetings for many of us. Thereafter, scientific, social and private life was severally affected by SARS-COV2. Initially some of us were thinking, we will go back to normal during summer 2020, however, others especially Gregor were smarter and expected longer consequences. Thus, very early he started a discussion about the GSEV Autumn meeting that was planned together with UKEV. He convinced the board members to shift the meeting form, from an in persona to a virtual meeting. Consequently, it was one of the first virtual meetings for us. We experienced the excellent organization of Gregor and his organisation team. Certainly one of the highlights was the presentation of Clotilde Théry. At this occasion, the remaining board members like to thank Gregor and the organization team for a very excellent meeting.
Thereafter, GSEV co-chaired individual sessions on other meetings, including Gesellschaft für Transfusionsmedizin und Immunhämatologie e.V. (DGTI, 22.-24. September).
Collaborating with many of the EV societies of our neighbouring countries, GSEV members were invited to freely participate on their EV meetings. Consequently, despite not meeting in persons there were many occasions to meet various EV researchers in Europe.
Originally we had announced a travelling grant for students to visit an EV lab in our partners’ countries. Initiated by GEIVEX, UKEV and GSEV, quickly other Societies got engaged, i.e. ASEV, EVITA and FSEV.
Due to the Corona Situation, however, we had to unfortunately postpone this activity. Amongst the Societies we decided, it is not the appropriate time, now, to support the physical exchange between labs. We severely hope that, now, with the vaccine being available, the situation will quickly improve that we can re-call for applications for such a travelling grant.
Certainly, the Corona crisis will also affect 2021. Considering that it will take at least until summer before in persona meetings can happen, we discussed about the IGLD/GSEV spring meeting, whether it should be shifted into an online form. Due to the high frequency of online meetings and understanding the IGLD/GSEV meeting as a meeting which is highly driven by the social contacts, we decided to cancel it. It was planned for Leipzig. Unfortunately, the exhibition in Leipzig was not available in March 2022 , and almost as a tradition, now, we could reserve the meeting venue in Frankfurt again. So the next IGLD/GSEV meeting is planned for March 10th to 12th 2022. Thereafter, hopefully, we will manage to let it happen in Leipzig.
For sure, we will plan a meeting for Autumn. We hope it can be a personal meeting again, we consider Freiburg, if not, we will organize an online meeting, again.
Be aware, in 2021 the board needs to be re-elected. Thus, the member assembly and the elections are planned for the Autumn meeting. Details will be sent latest in summer.
As another highlight in 2020, we presented the 2nd edition of the EV-Trillium and achieved that articles receive a DOI number in the future. A 3rd edition is already planned for 2021.
On the administrative part we were able to optimize our member registry and installed a new software for member maintenance. Since it was very time consuming to get the data transferred, we are delayed with debiting of the member fees for 2020. Please, be prepared that debiting is planned before the end of this year.
Summing up, although many aspects of the daily live locked down, GSEV is active. We would be happy if any of you would like supporting us in keeping GSEV a lively organisation.
For now, we wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and most importantly to stay healthy.
All the best for 2021.
Bernd Giebel, Evi Krämer-Albers, Irina Nazarenko,
Michael Pfaffl, Elke Pogge von Strandmann and Gregor Fuhrmann
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