Dear colleagues, friends and friends-yet-to-be,

I am delighted to announce the 16th International Meeting of the European Calcium Society (ECS2020), which will be held at University College Cork (UCC), Cork City, Ireland, between the 23rd and 27th August 2020.  I am also particularly pleased that we will be hosting the inaugural Satellite Meeting of the Junior ECS (jECS) on 22nd August, aimed at encouraging participation of students and early-career stage scientists in the Society.

The Scientific Committee of ECS2020, chaired by Geert Bultynck, has developed a diverse and contemporary programme of presentations, incorporating 33 invited speakers. The themes of the scientific sessions range from neuronal calcium sensors, to plants, nanodomains, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.  Highlights include the plenary lectures: the opening seminar by Volker Gerke, an esteemed researcher and highly valued member of the ECS Board; and the Sir Michael Berridge Lecture, by Shmuel Muallem, a scientist who has made outstanding intellectual and technical contributions to the field calcium research. A “Frontiers” session will consist of four 25 minute presentations selected by the Chair of the Scientific Committee, showcasing cutting-edge advances in the area.

There will be many other opportunities to present your research at ECS2020, in terms of speakers selected from abstract submissions.  These include fifteen speakers selected by the Chairs of each session; seven 2 minute flash presentations; and two 15 minute contributions chosen from participants at the jECS meeting. We estimate that there will be around 100 poster presentations, which will be spotlighted during two extended sessions.

Ireland, and Cork in particular, is famed for its welcome to visitors.  In keeping with this, we have generated an extensive social programme, including visits to local tourist attractions, such as the Titanic Exhibition, the Middleton Distillery and Fota Island.  The pinnacle of the socialities will be the Gala Dinner at Cork City Gaol, where you will be captivated by an evening of science, food, drink, music and dance.

On behalf of the local organizers, the Scientific Committee and the ECS, I greatly look forward to wishing you a céad míle fáilte (“a hundred thousand welcomes”) to Cork.

John J. Mackrill

Department of Physiology