The IFCB President's Message toward the 9th ICCB congress
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On behalf of the International Federation for Cell Biology (IFCB), I would like to invite you to take part in the upcoming 9th International Congress of Cell Biology (ICCB), to be held in Seoul, Korea, October 7-10, 2008. Over the past two decades, I have participated in the IFCB activities and events, and I have been amazed at how much that cell biology has emerged at the forefront of life sciences and contributed to the advancements of medicine and biotechnology.
A decade ago, I shared with our colleagues the importance of scientific freedom and information exchange at the IFCB General Assembly held in San Franscisco. This notion goes hand in hand with the mission of IFCB---"To promote international cooperation, and to contribute to the advancement of cell biology in all its branches." For this, I believe that the scientific innovation will gain its momentum only under scientific freedom, and those who are able to create new ideas, develop new technologies and to harness the capabilities generated by new and emerging technologies are setting the standards and leading the way for the rest of the world.
Not long ago, someone noted that "the IFCB is not seen as a powerful centralized organization, but a facilitating agency through which national and regional groups of cell biologists draw strength in the international scene." With this spirit, IFCB holds its main conference every fourth year for over 35 years. Indeed, through the ICCB congress, IFCB continues to contribute to the international scientific community in research and education, and never stops establishing an excellent international network for cell biologists coming from all IFCB member organizations.
The last (8th) Congress was held in Nice, France, in September 4-8, 2004, where around 2500 cell biologists enjoyed not only the excellent science at the meeting but also the beautiful weather, beaches and restaurants of Cote d'Azur. There is no doubt bringing the 9th Congress to Seoul, South Korea, will be another good opportunity for cell biologists around the world to get together to exchange information and enjoy excellent science in the lively and modern city. Korea is forging ahead in many areas of biology, biotechnology and medicine, and it is a country with enviable economy that will do us proud with its wonderful facilities for a large conference Meanwhile, I would like to convey my sincere appreciation to many people for their time and energy in planning and organizing the 9th ICCB, especially the International and Local Organizing Committees who take on the major responsibilities in their efforts to bring the 9th ICCB into reality.
I look forward to seeing you in Seoul at the ICCB 2008.
Cheng-Wen Wu MD, PhD