|President of MBSJ2021
Mikiko C. Siomi
Department of Biological Sciences
【Greeting from the President No.2】
A new year has begun as usual, although the covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of slowing down. I hope that all MBSJ members had a safe and good start to the new year.
Despite the covid-19 pandemic, the countdown is steadily underway for "MBSJ 2021 YOKOHAMA". The website of the meeting is now open (https://www2.aeplan.co.jp/mbsj2021/english/index.html), and we already started taking the proposals for symposia and workshops (acceptance of forum proposals will start in March).
The annual meetings reflect the current trends in science of each year, and they are best expressed in the symposia, workshops, and forums. The members of the organizing committee, program committee and secretariat are all looking forward to receiving your active and attractive proposals.
This year's annual meeting will be the first MBSJ meeting to be held in a hybrid format of on-site and online, which means that the proposals for symposia, workshops, and forums should be submitted with this format in mind. As there is no precedent for this format, I am sure that many members are perplexed how to organize a symposium, workshop, or a forum. Due to the timeline of preparations for the meeting, we have set the deadline for proposals to February 26 (April 30 for the forums), but we are willing to be flexible in terms of the content of the proposals depending on the future situation. Please feel free to contact the MBSJ2021 Secretariat for any questions.
As you may recall, I have made an announcement, via the proceeding for MBSJ members, #128, for the special event “Yokohama Historia”. Today I have a similar but another announcement for “Tomizawa Fund Memorial”. The Tomizawa Fund has begun in 2011 with a fairly generous private donation of Prof. Jun-ichi Tomizawa (1924-2017), who discovered the very first non-coding RNA, RNA I, that regulates DNA replication (PNAS 1981; Cell 1984). The Fund was aimed to support young investigators in life science fields, who are talented but need financial support for, for example, their start-ups. While regretted, though, the Fund was over last year. The Tomizawa Fund Memorial is to commemorate with you not only great achievements that Prof. Tomizawa made but also his sincere passion in supporting life sciences in Japan and also world-wide.
【Greeting from the President No.1】
Organizer’s remarks on the 44th Annual Meeting of MBSJ, in Yokohama
The 44th Annual Meeting of MBSJ will be held next year at the PACIFICO Yokohama, in the lively and attractive Minato Mirai area of Yokohama, Japan. Needless to say, especially to the MBSJ members, this has been one of the most frequently used venues for the annual meetings. The first such meeting at the PACIFICO Yokohama was in 1998. That was the 21st Annual Meeting, organized by Professor Mitsuaki Yoshida. Since then, the MBSJ has returned to the venue every 3 or 4 years. The 2021 Annual Meeting will in fact be the 10th one to be held there! This is a special anniversary and it marks a turning point in MBSJ activities, deserving of a special event for cerebration. At the same time, I also have to mention that the 44th Annual Meeting of MBSJ will be the last one to be held in Yokohama (unless something miraculous happens in the future). This undoubtedly makes this meeting truly special, yet with a somewhat different sort of meaning. We recently found that we would be forced to adopt an online-plus-onsite formula, rather than a 100%-onsite formula, against our desperate wishes. This is truly unfortunate, but it cannot be avoided given the circumstances of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. Amid this situation, the organizing committee has been striving to make this meeting a very special one so as to commemorate it. These efforts are based on people’s expectations that the meeting provides the atmospheres and environments for encouraging intensive discussions on both published and unpublished data, which is the fundamental principle of the MBSJ. We look forward to meeting all of you at the MBSJ FES 2021 in Yokohama.