To: IAIN member Institutes and organisations around the world,
Season’s Greetings from the UK! On behalf of myself, and also Simon Gaskin our Secretary General and the IALA Secretariat, may we take this opportunity to wish you all the best for a successful and rewarding 2020.
For IAIN, 2020 plans include further strengthening participation in the activities of the international and intergovernmental organisations with which we have agreed to be involved, including improving the associated reporting to members; continuing the review of the Association’s strategy and priorities which was started in 2019; and calling for nominations for our unique global awards, which will be presented at the World Congress in Edinburgh in November 2021. You will have seen an announcement that the Awards Panel has been established and I would encourage as many quality nominations for the awards as possible.
The Royal Institute of Navigation held a very well-received International Navigation Conference at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in November 2019. The venue, city and evening venues were all excellent, giving us great confidence for the IAIN 2021 World Congress, which is being held at the same conference centre. The European Group of Institutes of Navigation, EUGIN, has also agreed that the 2021 European Navigation Conference should be run with the IAIN 2021 World Congress at the same time – the aim of all concerned is to have a truly global gathering with the widest possible participation. Please mark your calendars now: 15-18 November 2021.
RIN is also actively supporting the 2020 European Navigation Conference, run by the German Institute of Navigation. I hope to see many of you in Dresden in May 2020.
John Pottle President IAIN