Greetings! 23rd International Visual Field Imaging Symposium, Kanazawa, Japan, 2018
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We are honored to be hosting the 23rd International Visual Field & Imaging Symposium (IPS2018) at the Ongakudo (in front of Kanazawa Station) in Kanazawa city, Japan, from May 9 to 12, 2018. The previous IPS meetings had been held in Japan 3 times; the 3rd IPS in Tokyo, 1978 (Prof. Harutake Matsuo), the 10th IPS in Kyoto, 1992 (Prof. Yoshiaki Kitazawa: boss of Aiko & Kazu), the 18th IPS in Nara, 2008 (Prof. Chota Matsumoto). It is our great pleasure to have the opportunity to organize such an influential academic conference and to welcome so many friends from all over the world to Kanazawa!
Kanazawa is unlike the populous metropolitan cities of Tokyo or Osaka; it is considered a popular tourist city where more than 8 million tourists visit each year to see and appreciate genuine Japanese culture. In the era of the Samurai (Edo period - 265 years), Kanazawa had a large population exceeded only by Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. This time period was prosperous and characterized by sophisticated foods, crafts, and art developed independently and known as the Hyakumangoku culture. Moreover, as Kanazawa has never been affected by war nor suffered any major natural disasters, the city has been able to maintain its historical districts, which include traditional Japanese dwellings, magnificent gardens, numerous shrines, and the remarkable Kanazawa Castle - all reflecting the culture of the Samurai. Welcome reception will be held in Kanazawa Castle in the evening of May 9 (Wednesday). The participants can enjoy the Congress Tour to the famous areas in Kanazawa City in the afternoon of May 11 (Friday). You will be able to immerse yourself in and experience authentic Japanese culture, including traditional Japanese dress, foods, and daily life, not easily appreciated in the larger metropolitan cities of Japan. Kanazawa is also blessed with beautiful natural surroundings and you can enjoy sophisticated Japanese cuisine such as sushi and tempura made from fresh local fish and shellfish caught and delivered directly from the Sea of Japan and sake (Japanese rice wine) produced from naturally clear local stream water.
The impact and influence of the previous IPS meetings as an international academic organization and the significant contributions made by the IPS members has resulted in a steady evolution in the understanding, technology, and diagnosis skill. However, it is also evident that many challenges still exist; our goals for this meeting are to identify and explore some of these challenges. We want to encourage the sharing of our knowledge and ideas, the discussing of experiences and successes, and the proposing of future directions of focus. We invited Prof. Michael Wall as a speaker of the IPS Lecture. We changed Aulhorn Lecture to Aulhorn Educational Lecture which is more educational contents including imaging and perimetry by 4 speakers. We also conducted the simultaneous meeting of Japan Perimetric Society (JPS2018) from May12 to 13, 2018 in Kanazawa.
We would be grateful if you would actively exchange your valuable knowledge and experience regarding the development of imaging and perimetry over the 3 days of the conference, enjoy the meeting with many friends and colleagues from all over the world, and form new and deepen old friendships at the same time.
Welcome to Kanazawa!
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