Create the future of meeting: First-ever online conference of Japan Society for Medical and Biological Engineering
Japan Society for Medical and Biological Engineering, which has a history of 58 years and has 2,700 members, held its first-ever online conference in May 2020. Ken Takahashi, as a member of the executive committee, helped bring this JSMBE annual meeting online by establishing operation procedures and carrying out public relations activities via twitter and facebook.
The 59th Annual Conference of Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering (JSMBE) was originally planned as an on-site meeting as “usual”. But the widespread coronavirus epidemic is now changing the definition of being “usual”. At the pre-coronavirus academic conferences, people from different places, sometimes gathered across borders, to discuss research and the future it could bring. Indeed, face-to-face exchange is no doubt a wonderful thing. But on the other hand, online meetings, which do not require physical travel, greatly facilitates attendance at meetings. Another advantage of online meetings is that participants can hold flat discussions at academic conferences, which are sometimes seniority-based, in Japan.
The coronavirus epidemic put us in a situation where we have no choice but to change our lifestyle. But it is also a big chance to change the things that can not be changed until now.
It’s boring just to set protocols, promote the event, and get the annual meeting online. What’s fun is to create the future of meeting, and design our life.Ken Takahashi