Harumi Sugimatsu and Robert Wernli
Welcome back OTC!! The effect of Covid on the OES, especially our conferences, workshops and symposia, has been significant. This is especially critical with the OTC Houston conference that provides the majority of the society’s operating funds, much of which covers our in-person society meetings of AdCom, ExCom and others. Thankfully, as reported in this June issue of the Beacon, OTC Houston was successfully held in May. And, OTC Brazil is scheduled later this year and OTC Asia early next year. Accordingly, we’re sure the OES financial future will be bright and we will soon be able to give up staring at a computer screen during our virtual meetings.
And the success of OTC is only the start for this year. As our VPs report, we have our OCEANS Limerick, Ireland, this June and OCEANS Gulf Coast, U.S., in September, both of which are looking very good. For those who like the smaller workshops and symposia, review the article that lists the many that are upcoming this year and next. Hopefully, all will be as successful as the UT23 symposium held in Tokyo last March as reported in this issue, along with a report on the UT23 Keynote Session on the “UN Decade of Ocean Science.” Also in this issue is report on SusTech 2023.
Our technology committees (TCs) all have recently elected Chairs and are becoming more active along with providing reports on planned activity in the Beacon. This issue has excellent reports by the Ocean Remote Sensing TC and the Current, Wave, Turbulence Measurement and Applications (CWTMA) TC.
With the arrival of 2024 on the horizon, we look forward to the election of our new AdCom members, for 2024-2026. The information on the candidates is provided in this issue. Be sure to vote.
Our chapters have been busy as the reports show. This issue contains the latest on the activities of the Italy, Malaysia and Japan chapters. The University of Zagreb, Croatia, Student Branch Chapter (SBC) was once again very busy with many activities as shown in their report. And don’t miss the report on all the activities carried out by the SBC in the city of Bogotá, Colombia, at the Central Technical Institute Technological School (ETITC) in support of the OES Ocean Decade initiative.
The Journal EIC again provides a list of recently released papers that are available to our members. You will also see in the report from the OES president his optimistic view on the direction of the society.
Have you done something exciting lately? Received an award or professional recognition? Be sure to contact your editors about submitting an article.
There is a wealth of other information and articles in this issue that we hope you enjoy. And, as always, we’ll close by inviting you to participate in your society. Submit articles and material for the Beacon. Or . . . volunteer for other society activities as a participant or an elected officer. It’s your society and it is here to help you reach your professional goals. Enjoy.