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Конференция ISAF 2014

2014 ISAF Annual Conference, ISAF President’s Report

2014 ISAF Annual Conference

Read the report in its entirety below:

Your Majesty, Members Of Council.

I apologise for reading my speech but it is necessary for the simultaneous translation service that we provide. I hate reading. I prefer talking ‘live’ but had to accept. Also I had to follow this by order from GENERALISSIMO Helen Fry and to her we send a big kiss from us all.

I am very pleased to see you here in Palma, the Annual Conference that marks the Mid-Term of the current Executive’s tenure. We shall be making a full report to you later in the meeting but I would again like to compliment my fellow Executive Members on their extraordinary commitment to ISAF. How lucky I am to have them.

We have asked the Committee Chair to review and update their Goals and Priorities for the Executive to study at our meeting in February 2015. I know we will see that much has been achieved in their areas and I am pleased with the progress the Executive has made so far but we have more to do!

After more than 17 years with ISAF our CEO, Jerome Pels, has decided to pursue other professional challenges. Jerome has had the foresight and leadership to steer ISAF through many challenges and will be missed by the President, Members of the Executive Committee, his colleagues in the ISAF Secretariat and greater worldwide sailing community. I am sure you will join me in wishing Jerome much success with his new professional challenges. He is a very nice person.

Also I want to thank all our staff. It has been a demanding period for the ISAF Office. I have appreciated your support.

As you know one of my main aims was to secure sponsorship for ISAF and I am happy to say we have made good progress with potentially two organisations very interested in becoming an ISAF sponsor. Hopefully very soon we will be able to formally announce at least one of them.

These negotiations take time and patience but I hope you agree it has been worthwhile. Our new partners are both highly reputable organizations and their valuable sponsorship will enable ISAF to add another dimension in raising the profile of our sport. Sailing has a wonderful arena and we have been able to show integrity and credibility now we must ensure we can demonstrate to our new partners a positive return on their investment. We will need to create an internal commitment to this organization, and to our existing sponsors, and show we can offer them a great platform to showcase their brands. We now need to build up this team.

To me communication is a priority one now and clear communication needs to be relevant, timely, accurate and easy to understand and this will be essential for our sponsors, our members and our sailors. Communication is also an important tool in achieving productivity and maintaining strong working relationships at all levels of our organization. We have started to address this problem with the monthly ‘Update from the ISAF Secretariat’ and Gary has prepared an extensive paper on our future communications plans. We need to have a communication system in place that is constantly evolving by using new technology and information delivery systems. At the mid-point of this term of office the Executive has a responsibility to improve our communication methods and infrastructure. As you know and as we have seen after Weymouth the IOC is most conscious of this issue.

Most of the concerns I have been hearing about whilst I have been here in Palma come down to poor communication or misinformation.

I repeat — improvement in internal and external communications is now my first goal and close connected to everything I have just said.

The Executive has withdrawn submission 025-14. The practice and procedures of Sailor Classification have been thoroughly debated in recent weeks. We are grateful for the very helpful feedback ISAF has received from many race organizers, classes and yacht clubs. The Sailor Classification Commission has proposed several very important improvements to the system that will be implemented over the next year. We will review these upgrades frequently. The main points that were worrying us have been overcome therefore it has been very useful for ISAF to have caused so much interest. We find the final solutions proposed most satisfying. We have always said that ISAF does not want to be seen as the Police or the tax office — goal achieved.

I have travelled extensively representing ISAF this year receiving a warm welcome everywhere. One area I am determined to improve is our branding at events. I attended a regatta which only had one small ISAF flag — another with virtually no ISAF branding at all. This has to change. ISAF needs to have a strong presence at our events — even at high profile events. Work is underway to create a ‘House of ISAF’ which will be located in a prominent area in each of our venues and the Executive are currently reviewing an ISAF Protocol for Branding — I will report back on developments next year.

As I have previously mentioned, the success of the World Cup is essential for the sport. Much work has been done in this area and after your approval of the new concept we will have our inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup final in Abu Dhabi. This also marks the first time ISAF has been directly involved in the implementation of an event and this must be the template for the major ISAF events in the future. This particular aspect is a major change for us for now we really own and build an event first hand; this is the product we can sell to sponsors and the media. You might remember this was our first goal.

The Final will bring the best sailors to Abu Dhabi and we will have more than 260 athletes which is quite an achievement for an event that didn’t exist five months ago. This regatta will introduce new concepts to our game — the 3 minute countdown, communications via radio to the athletes and Kiteboarding. I would like to thank our group which has been working on this but also the Adu Dabi Tourism Office and all their staff. A big thank you also to Aboullah and his excellency Sheik Khaled

After a bid process for the two European Sailing World Cup events Weymouth and Hyères were selected. Work has already begun on securing an Asian venue and I am confident the new vision for the Sailing World Cup will be fulfilled.

To me 2017 is the year when, if everything works well the Sailing World Cup will be up to what we expect.

We will have reports from Walter Boddener regarding the test event in Rio and from Nazli and Quanhai about the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games but I hear that both venues were very impressive and the events a success.
The 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships delivered fleet racing across all Olympic Classes against the spectacular back drop of the City of Santander. The final numbers of broadcasters that took live coverage from this event showed a staggering increase from the previous ISAF World Championships in Perth. We are talking of 23 broadcasters which according to Gary is a respectable number. On the water competitors enjoyed a variety of weather conditions that tested both light and heavy weather and I am certain that this event has left Santander with a legacy that will be appreciated by sailors long into the future. We all know there have been a few problems but we have seen how complex this event has become because of the huge numbers of teams and boats.

The recent sad events involving the yacht ‘Cheeki Rafiki’ highlight the need for good offshore safety and training and ISAF has been involved in the investigation and recommendations arising from that incident. We are all very much aware that a dynamic environment like the sea can make things go from bad to worse and it is essential to be comprehensively trained and prepared. In March this year, ISAF Offshore Personal Safety Course Providers from 14 MNAs came together in the UK for a three day training workshop to exchange ideas and develop the training and safety courses. The Guide to Offshore Personal Safety book has also been translated into Chinese and French.

The reorganization of our structure is slowly evolving and you will see a Submission from the Executive Committee on a proposal for the role of Affiliate Continental Members within our organization. A number of other submissions were also received from multiple MNAs concerning the issue, and we have had constructive discussions with representatives of the Associations themselves here in Palma. We have agreed a way forward so a full consultation process can begin with the aim of making a detailed submission for you to consider at the 2015 Annual Conference — just as we did for the merger of IFDS and ISAF.

Also and most importantly I would like to thank His Majesty for his contribution to all our discussions. We have managed to stop him falling asleep which is a great result. I do not know if this is due to His Majesty being worried about our ideas or because he simply got really involved. Thank you very much from all of us on the Executive Committee.

I would now like to invite my fellow Executive Members to give you all a brief update on developments and the work they have been doing in their areas.

To stay up-to-date with the ISAF Annual Conference, a live blog will be available from Saturday 1 November through to Saturday 8 November here.

Author Information

As a joint conference, IFCS-ISAF2020 highlights and celebrates the shared interests and expertise of the Frequency Control and Ferroelectrics communities. In this spirit, the organizers aim to balance the strengths of the traditional symposium groups with the opportunities for mutually beneficial joint programming. As such, the Technical Program Committees will do their best to assemble cohesive sessions. When submitting your abstract, please help this process by selecting the topical area that best matches your work.

Abstract Preparation

Authors are invited to submit a 2 Page Abstract, reporting original research of theoretical or applied nature using the online submission system, ePapers. Abstracts should be no more than two pages of text and figures in length with references up to one additional half-page. The initial submission should explicitly include the primary results and findings, emphasizing new advances, theories and/or applications so that the Technical Program Committee will be able to understand the originality and the value of the work. A submission implies a willingness to register and present the work, if the paper is accepted for presentation at the conference.

Abstracts accepted by the Conference Technical Program Committee are expected to register for the conference and present their work, and are strongly encouraged to submit a final paper for the Conference Proceedings. Authors must present the work at the conference in the specified format (talk and/or poster), if they wish to publish a final paper in the Conference Proceedings.

The final papers must be at least 2 page long. There is no reasonable restriction on maximum length of the final paper, though the Conference editors reserve judgement on publication. Authors may re-submit their original abstract as their final paper submission, if it is at least 2 pages in length (shorter submissions will not be published). Authors may also decide to opt-out of publishing a final paper to the Conference Proceedings, which also prevents any publication of the work in IEEE Xplore. Final paper submissions will be reviewed with automated tools for plagiarism, which includes check against self-similarity to the author’s previously published work.

For your convenience, the IEEE Style Manual and Conference Paper Templates in various formats are available here. Abstracts must conform to the provided Conference Paper template.

IMPORTANT PROCEDURE: It is required that all Abstract PDF submissions be IEEE Xplore compliant. To help you meet this requirement, you must FIRST check to ensure that your PDF file is compliant by using the IEEE PDF eXpress system BEFORE you submit your paper to the abstract submission web site.

1. Go to the IEEE PDF eXpress web site: www.pdf-express.org

2. Use this conference ID: 41089X

3. Use PDF eXpress to check or create your PDF file

4. Once you have an IEEE compliant PDF file, proceed to the IEEE IFCS-ISAF2020 Submission Portal.

NOTE: checking your PDF file for compliance and submitting your Abstract for review are two separate procedures.

2018 IEEE ISAF-FMA-AMF-AMEC-PFM Joint Conference

Conference Description

Welcome to the 2018 ISAF-FMA-AMF-AMEC-PFM (IFAAP) Joint Conference. The conference will be held at International Conference Center at Hiroshima, Japan from May 27 through June 1, 2018. This the first joint conference between IEEE-ISAF and Asian meetings of ferroelectrics (AMF) and electroceramcs (AMEC). This international conference aims to bring together leaders from academia, national laboratories and industrial research and development sectors, to discuss the most recent advancements in the science and technology of ferroelectric and dielectric materials, spanning a broad range of topics from the theory and modeling of the materials, to processing and characterization thereof, as well as development of new applications and devices.

Call for paper

Important Dates

Draft paper acceptance notification:2018-02-13

Abstract submission deadline:2017-12-31

Final paper submission deadline:2018-04-30

Call for paper description

You need to select one of the follwing topics when you submit an sbstract of presentation.
1. Fundamentals of Ferroelectrics and Related Materials

  • Theory and Modeling(1)/First Principle Calculation/Electronic Structures
  • Theory and Modeling(2)/Phenomenological Theories/Phase Field Simulations
  • Critical Phenomena/Soft modes/Phase Transitions
  • Domain/Surface/Interfacial Phenomena
  • Fundamentals of Multiferroics
  • Incommensurate and Modulated Structures

2. Novel Characterization Techniques

  • Static & Dynamical Structure Characterization by Quantum Beam
  • Electron or Scanning Probe Microscopes
  • Inelastic Light Scattering and Terahertz Spectroscopy
  • Electrical & Electromechanical Characterizations
  • Other Novel Characterization Methods

3. Ferroelectrics and Related Materials

  • Dielectric/Piezoelectric/Pyroelectric/Ferroelectric Materials
  • Multiferroic Materials
  • Antiferroelectric/ Relaxor/Other Polar Dielectric Materials
  • Ferroelastic/Electrocaloric/Flexoelectric Materials
  • Electro-optic/Photonic Materials
  • ECO/Smart Materials

4. Dielectric Applications

  • Multilayered Ceramic Capacitors (MLCCs)
  • High Temperature/High Power Capacitors
  • Energy Storage Capacitors
  • Dielectrics for High Frequency Applications
  • Thin Film Capactors

5. Piezoelectic Applications(長先生)

  • Actuators/Vibrators/Acoustic Transducers
  • SAW/BAW/FBAR, Bulk resonator applications
  • Sounders, Buzzers, Speakers
  • Energy harvestors
  • Applications for Energy and Environment

6. Ultrasonics: Fundamentals Materials and Applications

  • Wave Propagations in Various Media and Their Applications
  • Vibration Mode Analyses for Ultrasonic Devices/Resonators
  • High Power Characteristics and Applications
  • Ultrasonic Imaging Devices/Sensors
  • Materials for Ultrasonic Applications

7. Ferroelectric Thin Films

  • Thin Film Growth and Characterization
  • Novel Ferroelectric/Piezoelectric Thin Films(Organic, MoS2, Interfacial Polarization etc.)
  • Nanowires, Nanotubes, Nanocubes, Superlattices and Ultrathin Fiilms
  • Energy harvesting, Piezoelectric, IR and Terahertz and Sensors(MEMS devices)
  • Memories and Capacitors (Neuromorphic Chip, Negative Capacitance and Battery)

8. Novel Processing for Ferroelectric and Related Materials(武田先生)

  • Single Crystal Growth
  • Novel Ceramic Processing
  • Processing for Thick and Thin Films

9. Functional Ceramic Materials and Applications

  • Ionic Conductive and Semiconductive Oxides
  • Varistors, Thermistors, and Sensors
  • Microwave, Magnetic and Photonic Ceramics
  • Thin and Thick films of Electronic Ceramics
  • Ceramics for Energy and Environment
  • Functional Ceramics for Bio-Applications


ISA Forum

Call for bids for venue host of the V ISA Forum of Sociology 2024

The Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association (ISA) invites all ISA collective members to make a bid for the site of the ISA Forum of Sociology in 2024. The bids should be submitted by December 1, 2020.

The conference venue must be available for 4 days, preferably during the months July-August 2024.


The ISA Forum is an international conference designed first and foremost as a meeting place for over 60 ISA Research Committees, Working Groups, and Thematic Groups. Aiming to provide an array of opportunities for the promotion of global dialogue about transformative change, it focuses on a socially relevant theme, involving public actors, to which different areas of sociology can contribute. Examples of such themes include environmental issues, human rights, welfare, social justice, inequality, and democratic participation.

The first ISA Forum was held in Barcelona, Spain (2008), the second in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2002), the third in Vienna, Austria (2016) and attracted 4231 participants.The fourth Forum will take place at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in July 2020. ISA will be organising its fifth Forum in 2024.

The ISA aims for geographic diversity when selecting the locations of its events in order to reflect its global membership.



Venue Requirements
Facilities for 3,000 or more attendees must be available for free, or at a minimal cost, and must include:

  • Plenary hall with a capacity of at least 2,000 persons
  • 3 rooms with a capacity of 300 persons (simultaneous semi-plenary sessions)
  • 65 session rooms for simultaneous sessions by Research Committees:
    • 6 rooms for 250 persons
    • 6 rooms for 200 persons
    • 15 rooms for 150 persons
    • 14 rooms for 100 persons
    • 12 rooms for 75 persons
    • 12 rooms for 60 persons
  • Book exhibition space for approx. 30 book sellers
  • Luncheon facilities on the conference site or in restaurants within walking distance that can serve 2,000 persons within two hours
  • At the conference site, or in very close proximity, the following services must be available: banking, postal, and public copy facilities, travel agency and medical services

Technical Equipment Requirements

  • Wi-Fi at the conference site
  • Standard audio-visual equipment in all session rooms: computer with PowerPoint and data projector
  • Availability of other equipment including: internet connection, video player, slide projector, overhead projector, projection screen, white/blackboard or flipcharts, and a microphone system (if needed)
  • Office facilities for an ISA Secretariat for 5 persons equipped with computer, printer, copying machine, internet connection

Hotel Facility Requirements

  • Efficient and reliable hotel-booking system
  • Hotels of different categories:
    • 40% two star hotels
    • 50% three star hotels
    • 10% four star hotels
  • Availability of medium and low-cost accommodations (including student dormitories) for at least 2,000 persons
  • A distance between conference venue and hotels of no more than 10 minutes by public transport or 20 minutes on foot

International Transport

  • An international airport, with regular, direct connections to all main airports world-wide, must be located close to the host city.
  • A possibility of the conference airline with discount offers.


The Local Organising Committee must be committed to assist in the organisation of the following aspects of the event:

  • Design of conference poster and logo
  • Organisation of sessions on national sociology / social issues in cooperation with the ISA Program Committee
  • Opening Ceremony and Reception
  • Social programme, for example conference party and/or other cultural events
  • Address problems regarding visa for participants coming from many different countries
  • Responsibility for the tasks associated with ensuring that the conference runs smoothly, including at least: establishing media relations, developing regional contacts, encouraging participation in the conference, mobilizing volunteers
  • Rent of the conference venue(s), including book exhibition and social events
  • Preparation and handling of sight-seeing tours
  • On-line booking of hotel accommodation for participants
  • Production of paraphernalia (t-shirts, logos, souvenirs, etc.) for sale at the conference (optional)


The following financial aspects should be taken into consideration when preparing a bid. Please clearly specify the costs for each point.

  • Conference facilities: rent and cleaning; technical equipment and support; signs and decoration; internet connection, Wi-Fi, exhibition space; registration area
  • Medical and child-care services; special arrangements for disabled participants
  • Streaming with subtitles in English/French/Spanish of Plenary Sessions (provide cost per 2-hour session)
  • Conference materials: design of conference poster and logo; conference bag (incl. local information, maps, etc.)
  • Social events: Opening Ceremony and Reception; tourism programs
  • Exhibition handling expenses
  • Cost of a Professional Conference Organiser company selected for the event
  • A list of approximate air fares from representative sites across the globe, including what reduction might be secured from the national or other airlines

The bidder shall demonstrate its ability to assume advance costs (from its own funds or from subsidies it shall obtain locally) for the conference on the following basis:

o ISA works normally with its own PCO that handles all pre-registrations as well as on-the-spot registrations during the conference week. The ISA shall set registration fees.

o ISA Program Committee assumes responsibility for preparing the scientific program, together with the Local Organizing Committee composed of representatives of the local sociological association(s).

o The LOC shall seek funds to help meet the travel expenses of conference paper-givers coming from the less developed countries.

o The surplus from receipts of the conference shall be divided 80-20 between the ISA and the LOC.


Bids, including all information requested in this call, should be received by the ISA Secretariat (see contact information below) no later than December 1, 2020. A decision will be made by the ISA Executive Committee at its Spring 2021 annual meeting.

International Sociological Association
Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology
University Complutense
Campus de Somosaguas
28223 Madrid, Spain

© 2020 ISA, International Sociological Association.

The ISA is a member of the International Science Council and enjoys a status of the Non-Governmental Organization in formal associate relations with UNESCO and special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

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