Last year has been very tough for social gatherings as well as for science conference’s. Most of them has been cancelled, including The 30th Annual International Cannabinoid Research Society Symposium on the Cannabinoids originally scheduled for July 4 – 9, 2020 in Galway, Ireland.
On June, 7-9 2021 the 4th Central European Biomedical Congress (CEBC) was held online on the virtual platform. Previously planned for May 2020, the conference had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. „The Impact of bioinformatics and omics on biology and medicine” was the motto of the Congress.
Science is made to serve the people. In order to answer complex, troubling questions, scientists spend much of their time in laboratories, working on laborious, time-consuming experiments. If successful, they manage to push our understanding forward. However, if knowledge gained in the laboratory stays in the laboratory, it brings no value to society and loses its primal utility.
Wishing you all a healthy, restful, happy holiday season and a prosperous 2021!
Neuronus 2020 was supposed to be held in March 2020 in Cracow. Unfortunately, due to global COVID-19 pandemic, it was set on hold and eventually rescheduled to December (probably the last possible moment to keep 2020 part!). However, the second wave of infections hit the Europe in Autumn and the organizers had to prepare for online conference.
For scientists, piecing the puzzle together may take many years of tedious labour. When the pieces finally click, it may be a breakthrough discovery, as it was for three laurates of 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – Harvey Alter from the US National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland; Michael Houghton, from the University of Alberta in Canada; and Charles Rice from the Rockefeller University in New York City; who discovered hepatitis C, a virus that causes hundreds of thousands of deaths a year.
Difficult times have come for the international conferences organizers. A whole series of meetings and conferences have been canceled all over the world due to COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, one of the largest international neuroscience meeting in Europe – The FENS Forum of Neuroscience – resisted pandemic and was held online.
The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) was established in 2017. Its main goal is to support international mobility of students, academics and researchers and promote Polish science and higher education.
This year, cannabinoid field did not left much time catch the breath between two great meetings, International Cannabinoid Research Symposium and Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Kuba was lucky enough to attend both of them.