The ISCRAM2005 Conference is over – and we had a great time: some impressions from our 2nd meeting in Brussels!
The ISCRAM2005 Conference in Brussels attracted over 150 participants during three days of great plenary keynotes, exciting talks and lively discussions and round table sessions.
The pre-registration event on Sunday evening in the “Mort Subite” set the stage for the conference: about 30 participants enjoyed each others” company – and the Belgian beers! – in the unique atmosphere of a typical Brussels pub.
Each day, the conference program was kicked-off with excellent keynotes: Jack Harrald (George Washington University) and Dan Power (Iowa University) on Monday, Liz Carver (BAE Systems) on Tuesday, Paul Currion (UN) and Jan Mees (VLIZ) on Wednesday. We will certainly not forget the keynote by Paul Currion as the “skype” keynote, live from Bangkok – Paul had an unfortunate last minute change of flight, but his presentation could nevertheless take place thanks to modern-day technology!
Throughout the day, the many sessions were the beating hearts of the meeting: great presentations followed by nice discussions provided for great learning moments for all of us!
The closing session on Wednesday revealed the name of the 2nd Mike Meleshkin Award Winner: Jiri Trnka was selected by the Award Committee (Simon French, David Mendonca and Jonas Landgren) as the new winner: congratulations Jiri!
Last but not least, the next – and third already! – International Conference ISCRAM2006 was announced by the host for next year: professor Murray Turoff from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Murray invites us all to ISCRAM2006 in Newark, New Jersey, from 14 to 17 May 2006.
Finally, I wish to thank Benny Carle for a job well done as chair of the Local Organizing Committee, as well as the members of the LOC for their very effective and efficient work before and during the conference. Thank you all for what was just a perfect meeting!
I wish Murray and his team at NJIT all the best with the preparations for ISCRAM2006, and I hope to meet you next year again!
Bartel Van de Walle
ISCRAM2005 Conference Chair