16 Dec 2020 Newsletter

Newsletter December 2020

Christmas greetings, preview of 2021 and candidates nominated for election as chairperson

Dear member,
COVID-19 has challenged us and continues to do so in many ways. It has drawn our attention to what is very dear to us all: our family, our health, our social life. I, therefore, genuinely hope this circular finds you and your family in good health and I trust this will remain so for many months and years to come. I hope that by the times this message reaches you, we will have some clear and strong indications that an effective cure is on its way or is being deployed against this pandemic.
As the presidium of the IC we also have to think about the future and the functioning of our organization in a post-Corona era with a safe living and working environment. In this mail I will update you on the following subjects:
– IC presence at DRUPA 2021
– Election of a new chair for the IC
– IC-iarigai conference in Athens 2021
On Thursday 22nd of April, IC and iarigai will jointly organize a virtual seminar focusing on bridging the world of industry and education. This event will take place on Thursday, April 22nd during the DRUPA fair. Prof. Dr. Anastasios Politis and his team, are currently working on the program and the details will be shared through our website and the circulars. At the end of this one-day program, we will organize the election for a new chair during a General Assembly. Presently, two candidates have come forth. Both of them are very well known inside and outside the organization. They are respected, very competent and committed to the organization:
– Daiva Sajek, form Kaunas (Lithuania)
– Anastasios Politis, from Athens (Greece)
In a separate mail they will present themselves and share with you their thoughts and views on the organization to enable you to become familiar with their ambition and vision about the future of the IC. The presidium would like to establish an official ballot list of registered voters who represent their institution or organization. This list will be used for an online election. The details of the voting process will be communicated later. To this end, we would appreciate receiving:
– Your name and position
– The name of your institution/organization,
– The name of the official contact person of your institution/organization
– The name of the person with the voting right (if different from official contact person)
The person with the voting right can also delegate this right to another person (voting by proxy) if the election can take place physically during DRUPA 2021. You can send a reply to louise.declerck@arteveldehs.be before January 31st, 2021.
Finally, we are very pleased to share with you the latest news on the joint IC-iarigai Conference in Athens 2021 hosted by HELGRAMED – The Hellenic Union of Graphic Arts and Media Technology Engineers and GRAPHMEDLAB – The Hellenic Graphic-Media Research Lab, University of West Attica. Kindly, block the dates 19 – 24 September, 2021 in your agenda for this purpose.
Back in 2014, we already experienced the expertise of HELGRAMED in organizing high level conferences on the occasion of our 46th Annual Conference and we are confident that they will do their utmost to emulate this memorable experience. Prof. Dr. Anastasios E. Politis will be the conference director and you can send your abstract to him if you would like to give a presentation. More details of the program and the official website can be found via /conferences/21_Athens.
Both websites, the one-day event during DRUPA (Dusseldorf) and the 52nd Annual Conference (Athens), are being developed and soon will provide you with the latest.
2021 promises not only to mark the end of an unprecedented pandemic, but also the rise again of international co-operative efforts amongst the IC colleagues.
Looking forward to see this happening soonest.
Kind regards
Luk Bouters