May 16, 17 and 18 2002, 300 participants were gathered in Montreal
to attend the first International Symposium on the Science of
Touch. The organizing committee members were both enthusiast
and worried about the event's outcome.
In the end, the participants' testimonials proved to us just how much of a need there was for such an event, for the people of the touch community to get together and share their vision about the science and human constituent of touch. We can therefore say that our initially chosen mission for the symposium was a success.
Since the results were so positive, we organized a second symposium, also in Montreal. More than 600 participants assembled for this second edition under the theme: "Towards an Integrative Medicine". We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who took the time and energy to join us in our attempt to bring the touch community together.
There were many
memorable moments. Among them, Dr. Tiffany Field received the
Ashley Montegu Award, given to the person who has done the most
for the advancement of touch science in the world . In addition,
Janet Kahn and David Eisenberg made us dream about a wonderful
vision of massage therapy during their panel. They are a great
inspiration for massage therapists and a precious guide towards
tomorrow's medicine. The conferences and workshops were of exceptional
interest and quality and we thank each and every contributor
for their wonderful work.
activity will remain unforgettable. During the great closing
celebration, he led a collective massage session involving more
than 400 people! More than ever, we could really feel that touch
can make a difference in our society, in our Humanity.
We also take this
opportunity to express our gratitude to our financial partners
who demonstrated a lot of confidence in our vision. Special
thanks to Biotone and Oakworks, our event's major partners.
Their generosity truly made a difference in the organization
and success of the event.
I wish to thank
Dr. Réal Gaboriault for his rich and colorful contribution throughout
the first two events on the science of touch. He now yields
its position over to me in order to better concentrate on the
various business projects that he manages. He has nonetheless
accepted to continue to be a part of the organization and scientific
It is with great feelings of achievement
and purpose that we anticipate the future. Our next appointment
is in 2008. We're evaluating different opportunities with cities
in Asia and North Africa. We'll officially announce the host
city and symposium's theme in spring 2006. Will you be among
us? I certainly hope so!
ISST 2008 President