2009-07-30: Malaya withdrew its intent to host IFESS2012

Glen Davis received on 29 July 2009 the attached letter from Malya University.

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Hi Guys


The “backstory” is that the University of Malaya has withdrawn its financial support to all academics who would intend to stage conferences in 2010, 2011 and 2012. It is a global financial thing since the SEAPAC universities tended to put their financial capital into US shares and securities – which have crashed out. The Organizers are still very keen to do the IFESS conference and James Middleton and I (IFFES2003) were going to give them our assistance, but they can’t do so in 2012. In addition the original plan was to organise the IFESS 2012 Conference at the same time as the Asia-Pacific Biomedical Engineering Conference but now this has been moved to 2013 as well. Clearly, they need to get their act together, and we need to move on and find a 2012 host. Personally, I was keen to have IFESS in the SEAPAC region because it is a emerging growth area for Malaysia, Singapore Vietnam and the Sub-Continent.


So yes, Thierry, we have some things to talk about at Seoul





I'm also afraid that it might be difficult to have 2012 in Aisa. I'm not sure how it will be this year with participation of non-asian Members. I'm somehow concerned and we have to discuss it in Seoul. I might be able to jump in to have the conference in 2012 in San Sebastian. And we have David Giraud, who applied to hold a conference in Montpellier, France, whenever possible. When he asked me I told him that only 2016, or was it 2017 was not yet planned for an European conference.