President of the SEIB
As you know, during the successful CASEIB2012 in San Sebastián, the Spanish Society of Biomedical Engineering (SEIB) heralded a new era with the election of a new Board of Directors to represent the society during the period 2012-2016. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge the excellent work done during the past eight years by former president Prof. Laura Roa and treasurer Prof. Juan Guerrero.
The new Board’s programme has been structured into four areas that we believe require special attention: the momentum of biomedical engineering, relations within the Society, attention to partners, and the organization of the SEIB. In each area, several actions that have been developed during the past few months were raised. This has been possible thanks to the involvement and participation of the members of the new Board, Professors Javier Saiz (vice-president), Enrique Gomez (secretary), Javier Reina (treasurer), Pere Caminal (member) and Roberto Hornero (member). Thank you all very much for being part of the new team.
One of the commitments we made at the meeting of members was the improvement and revitalization of the SEIB website, with the goal of modernizing its look, clearly visualizing the SEIB’s activities, and improving communication with the general public. Now we are delighted to make the new SEIB website public. Firstly, I want to highlight and acknowledge the excellent work done by Prof. Roberto Hornero to both coordinate and structure the contents of the new web. We hope that it will quickly become a useful tool to enhance communication between the SEIB, its partners, and other parties interested in biomedical engineering, as well as an essential resource for industry news.
Important news in recent months has been the great success of the XIII Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing (MEDICON2013) held in Seville, which was organized in conjunction with the CASEIB2013 congress. Again, I want to express our congratulations to Prof. Laura Roa and Prof. Javier Reina for organizing and making such a success of this major international event.
Another important action to note is the signing at the end of 2013 of an agreement between the SEIB and the CIBER for Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN), which will strengthen research collaborations in this interdisciplinary field. More recently, the SEIB has signed another collaboration agreement with the Red de Innovación en Tecnologías Médicas y Sanitarias (ITEMAS), to facilitate innovation collaborations with the major hospitals of the national health system.
Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that CASEIB2014 will be held in Barcelona on 26-28 November. Once again, it will be a wonderful opportunity to conduct a high-level scientific meeting, as well as offering the chance for the different research groups to exchange and share projects, experiences and results. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Education, research and innovation activities in the field of biomedical engineering are growing daily, and more and more people are getting involved. The SEIB aims to bring together these activities and encourage recognition of these new professionals who can, and should, play a key role in the health challenges of the 21st century. We hope that the opportunities offered by the new SEIB website and the next CASEIB2014 will help us to share these initiatives and facilitate the establishment of new synergies to enable us to take even bigger steps in the right direction.
I’d like to invite you to follow us on the web and also to be a partner of the SEIB, to support these initiatives and activities, and to move forward together more effectively.
See you at the forthcoming events of the SEIB!
Raimon Jané, President of the SEIB