A Message from the IUVA President
I am honored to take over stewardship of the IUVA from Dr. Kati Bell and a long line of giants of the UV world – most recently Prof Karl Linden, who now ends his two-year period as Past President. Karl and Kati have led the organization out of a somewhat difficult period into a position of renewed strength. Our Executive Director, Gary Cohen and his support team have been quietly effective in administering activities in a fiscally responsible manner. This has allowed the Executive Operating Committee, Board of Directors, and various committees and working groups to focus on important issues affecting all aspects of ultraviolet technology. As the organization builds up to its twentieth anniversary in 2019, I hope to continue the IUVA vision, namely: “To make the use of Ultraviolet Technology a leading technology for public health and environmental applications, and to position IUVA as the leading authority on the use of Ultraviolet Technology through advocacy to the education, industry, research and public policy sectors worldwide.”
In November I was pleased to attend the two day symposium jointly organized by the National University of Singapore and Chaired by Professor Jiangyong Hu and Associate Professor Kumiko Oguma. The program delivered on its promise of discussing the latest UV technology advancements for the water environment, with a distinguished list of speakers from academia and industry. This was followed by a technical tour of the impressive NEWater high-grade reclaimed water facility.
Our upcoming events in 2018 will offer an equally exciting opportunity to learn and discuss the latest important issues in the field of UV technology. The America’s Conference will be held in Redondo Beach, California in February and has attracted a strong list of abstracts that promises to deliver a unique program. Similarly, the specialist UV LED conference that will take place in Berlin, Germany in April is shaping up to be the most comprehensive gathering of technical know-how of this exciting new area ever held. I am also pleased to announce that our 20th anniversary World Congress will be held in the Asia-Pacific region for the first time. Sydney is a great city, with a strong tradition of the use of UV technology and summer in February is always a bonus for Northern Hemisphere visitors.
Our various committees, councils, and working groups continue to work hard on the pressing issues of the day. Whether that be regulatory issues in Ballast Water Treatment applications or detailed review of the draft EPA document, “Innovative Approaches for Validation of Ultraviolet Disinfection Reactors for Drinking Water Systems,” the many hours of volunteer work carried out, all contribute to the protection of human health and the environmental wellbeing.
I hope that you are as proud as I am to be known as a member of the IUVA. Over the coming two years I am seeking ways to extend the influence of our vision. This can be by increasing accessibility to regulators, end users and students, or by offering a forum to those working in Healthcare or other emerging applications. As an organization we hold an unparalleled wealth of experience and knowledge that can positively influence many aspects of this beautiful planet (and beyond).
Thanks everyone and I look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 859 869 4700.
Oliver Lawal, IUVA President