The European Calcium Society: past, present and future

PAST.

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.).

PRESENT.

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.

FUTURE.

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,
Secretary-General
(Leuven, Belgium, December 3rd 2016).

Selected Social Media Posts

April 25

Gordon Research Conference Organellar Channels & Transporters

When: 30 July - 4 August 2017
Where: Mount Snow West Dover, VT (USA)
More Information: Here

April 3

*** 9th International Conference on the Annexins ***

When: 17-20 September 2017
Where: Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Organizers: K. Hajjar, J. Rand & L. Santambrogio
More Information: Here

February 9

3rd International Symposium on: The Calcium-Sensing Receptor (CaSR)

When: May 11-13, 2017
Where: Florence (Italy)
The symposium will bring together basic, translational, and clinical scientists from different disciplines who study the molecular biology, physiology, and pathophysiology of the CaSR and clinical disorders of CaSR function.
More Information: Here

November 27

12th International Calreticulin Workshop

When: May 19-22, 2017
Where: Delphi (Greece)
The focus of the meeting is, as in the past, on endoplasmic reticulum (ER), calcium signalling, protein folding, ER chaperones structure and function, ER stress, immune system and the role of ER in human disease.
Full info: www.crt2017.com

October 3

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2016

Yoshinori Ohsumi receiving the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking research on the mechanisms of autophagy!
press release from Nobelprize.org

October 2

15th international meeting ECS

Please note that ECS2018, the 15th International Meeting of the European Calcium Society will be organized by Andreas Guse, in Hamburg (Germany), from 9 till 13 September, 2018! All welcome to this new, exciting meeting!

Spotlight

job opportunity

Postdoctoral positions available at the Laboratory of Dr. Mohamed Trebak
Dept. Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
The Laboratory of Dr. Mohamed Trebak in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral applicants to join our research team.
More Information can be found here.

ECS membership

Many of those following the ECS FB page are not (yet) ECS Members. However ECS membership is a great way
- to support our activities
- to get involved in the organization of workshops and meeting sessions
- to be entitled to discounts on our activities (ECS Workshops and ECS International Meetings).
If you want to become member, please fill in the form and return to Jan Parys, Secretary-General of the ECS. Registration Form , also available in word document here