Message from JSDB president, June 2020
Dear JSDB members
The state of emergency to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has finally been lifted, and research activities at universities have gradually restarted, which shows some encouraging signs. Under the novel coronavirus crisis, I believe that you have been spending your daily life in ways unimaginable just three months ago, with research and teaching activities being restricted and meetings being held online. And even if the threat of COVID-19 diminishes, society will not return to its former lifestyle, but will likely move to a new phase of new normal with- or post-Coronavirus. This will mean that the style and direction of research will also be affected. Over the next few years, society and the academic world will likely continue to evolve through various trials and errors. Keeping the challenging spirit of academia and basic science in mind, let's move forward with a willingness to embrace these changes as an opportunity.
The cancellation of the annual meeting onsite in Kumamoto was the first impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, followed by the general assembly (GA) held online on May 21. It was our first time holding an online GA, but the GA finished without a hitch with over 100 people in attendance online (526 proxies). In fact, the GA went more smoothly than expected, and we were also able to carry out thorough discussions. This means that we have already started to adapt to the new lifestyle. In the fall of this year, we are planning to hold a trial online meeting consisting of the abstracts that were registered for the Kumamoto meeting. This will be an important event to consider how the annual meetings should be organized in the future. Details will be announced soon, and we look forward to your active participation.
Under the novel coronavirus crisis, the next year's annual meeting in Sapporo will also not be the same as usual. Discussions led by Meeting Chair Shinichi Nakagawa are currently underway, and we will inform you by e-mail and on the website once the direction has been decided. Although it remains to be seen when and how the oversea travel restrictions will be lifted, we will continue to keep you updated on news of Japanese researchers actively working outside Japan.
In the meantime, I hope that you will all be able to resume research and teaching activities in your respective places, and hope to see you online in September.
June 5, 2020