Dear ESAM constituent organisations and fellow colleagues of Aerospace medicine in Europe,
As we are near the end of 2017, it is my pleasure to wish you all a Peaceful and enjoyable Christmas time. 2017 has been a year of learning from the success from the Oslo Conference in 2016 and planning for the congress in Prague In 2018. The theme of the Prague Congress will be “trust and care in Aviation Safety” - a theme that is both fitting and timely, as It points toward the role of our profession in supporting those who fly so that they may fly safe and fly well. In these times our role is under discussion, and it is imperative that we are in the center of bringing ideas forward in order to influence developments to the best for flight safety and the professional values we represent.
We have in 2017 had further collaboration efforts between ESAM, Aerospace Medical Association and the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine. One of the results was again the ESAM lunch meeting at AsMA and for the first time a dedicated ESAM panel at the ICASM conference in Rome.
The EC has decided that SOFRAMAS will be our partner for the ESAM conference in 2020, which will be in Paris, France - something already to look forward to!
The year 2018 will bring further challenges and opportunities, and I look forward to seeing many of you in meetings, and of course in Prague in September.
My very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Anthony S. Wagstaff