The start of our society followed the organization of various European Symposia on Calcium Binding Proteins in Normal and Transformed Cells, initiated under the visionary impulsion of Roland Pochet, Claus Heizmann, Jacques Haiech and Rosario Donato. In 1997 the European Calcium Society (ECS) was officially created, a web site was launched, newsletters started to be published on a regular basis, and the ECS grew.
The aim was (and still is) to develop and sustain relationships between all scientists working in the field of Ca2+ binding, Ca2+ signalling and the study of the various proteins thereby involved (the "Ca2+ toolkit") with special attention for the needs of the junior researchers in the field (e.g. travel fellowships, poster prizes, etc.).
For the last 5 years the ECS can boast of a membership between 250 and 300 members. The members presently belong to 33 different countries (20 European countries and 13 countries from North, Central and South America, Asia and Oceania), stressing the international character of our Society. Every two years the ECS organizes very successful scientific meetings and the alternate years at least one, dedicated, workshop was organized. The last meetings were organized in Warsaw (2010, 11th meeting), Toulouse (2012, 12th meeting), Aix-en-Provence (2014, 13th meeting) and Valladolid (2016, 14th meeting) with in between workshops in Seix (2011), Leuven (2013), Logonna-Daoulas (2013) and Seillac (2015). Meanwhile, the ECS continued to launch new initiatives –often triggered by its members– including but not limited to: a Facebook page, the Drabikowski Award, monthly e-Bulletins, a bottom-top involvement of the members in deciding the program of the meetings, a broader ECS Board, etc.
Meanwhile, the ECS continued to launch new initiatives –often triggered by its members– including but not limited to: a Facebook page, the Drabikowski Award, monthly e-Bulletins, a bottom-top involvement of the members in deciding the program of the meetings, a broader ECS Board, etc.
The ECS and its Board are already preparing the events for 2017 (the 7th ECS Workshop, in Toulouse, France) and 2018 (our 15th International Meeting, in Hamburg, Germany). More information on these events will be forthcoming, via our e-Bulletins and Newsletters, this web site and our Facebook page.
Obviously, we are interested to receive feedback from our Members, and especially to hear about possible new initiatives that can be organized. Candidates for organizing an ECS workshop (in 2019) or the International Meeting of 2020 are therefore very welcome.
We hope so to further develop and sustain a large, vibrant and warm community consisting of all Ca2+ aficionados!
Jan B. Parys,
(Leuven, Belgium, December 3rd 2016).