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April President's Letter: Online GMA Begins | 2016 ISST Conference Site Announced

01 May 2015 12:36 AM | Deleted user

Dear ISST Members,

Spring is here, and our society is moving forward together on four important points. I am happy to announce the following:

  1. The Online GMA is beginning now: All members permitted to vote will receive an email to the address we have on file within the next few days that includes a link to the “landing page” which provides all relevant information, including the password, to access the voting page. Members have two weeks to cast their vote, so you should cast your vote before May 15th, 2015. If you don’t receive our email by May 7th, please let us know at: EMAIL. We need at least 25% of members to participate in the vote for the GMA to be valid, so your vote will make a tremendous difference.
  2. Ethical Guidelines: The amendment David Bernstein announced in Istanbul in 2014 at the GMA regarding Ethical Guidelines successfully passed the 3-C-Committee, with some additional content. The Ethical Guidelines provide a frame for our collaboration as we grow together as a society, with a goal of mutually respecting each other. We want to thank David, the 3-C Committee, and all members who helped create this milestone.
  3. Certification Guidelines: The board decided upon certification guidelines for auxiliary professionals. These guidelines will be posted on the ISST website shortly.
  4. 2016 ISST Conference Site: We are happy to announce that the 2016 ISST Conference will be held in Vienna, Austria. After extensive research and consideration, including opinions from many members who thankfully participated in our online member survey, the board decided to change the host city to Vienna instead of Zurich. Our Vice President, Christoph Fuhrhans, worked to find a conference site in Zurich that was quiet affordable. Unfortunately, combining an unfavorable monetary situation with high wages that would be necessary for the conference to be hosted in Switzerland, the total cost of Zurich would have been extremely expensive compared to past ISST conferences. The board chose Vienna as a more attractive location overall for 2016. We are very grateful for the time and effort Christoph made towards preparing for the conference site. We are also excited about the experience members have to look forward to in Vienna in 2016.

Dates: Mark your calendars in 2016 for June 30th through July 2nd for the ISST Conference. The venue will be the Fare and Exhibition Center of Vienna, centrally located in the city center, near the Donau River. Vienna is convenient for travel from throughout the world, being a historic bridge between East and West. We hope the choice of Vienna reflects the interest of most of our members, and we will update you shortly with more information about the conference.


On behalf of the ISST Executive Board, I want to thank you for being a valued member as we strive to meet the needs of our ISST community. 

Kind regards,

Eckhard Roediger


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