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A successful 18th ISRP conference in a fantastic setting is over.

The conference was well reflected by the range of technical presentations, posters and product exhibition. We had 161 delegates, 9 sponsors, 13 exhibitors, 49 oral presenters and 10 poster presenters. The basic topic for the conference was Respiratory Protection with Advanced Safety and Comfort. Other important topics included fit testing, education of respirator wearers, new technologies for RPDs, standards, evaluation methods, instruments and social needs. There were also great social events, a welcome reception, the unforgettable Japan Festa and finally the award dinner. These events provided great opportunities for fruitful discussions and meeting with old and new friends. Please check out the photo gallery that Simon Smith has so kindly put together. I hope like me you found the conference a rewarding, enjoyable and fun experience.

I would like to congratulate The Executive Committee of the 18th ISRP International Conference, Represented by Yoshimi Matsumura, President of ISRP Asian Section. They have put in a lot of hours to secure the success of this conference.

I give special thanks to our conference sponsors who helped to make the event a success. The sponsors are listed on the conference website.

Several awards were given during the conference. It was an honor to present the William R. Revoir award to Graham Bostock for his outstanding leadership and service to the ISRP, and the Edwin C. Hyatt award to Ian Maxwell for his scientific and technical contributions to the field of respiratory protection.

Additionally, I'd like to congratulate the other 18th ISRP Conference award winners listed below:

Arthur Johnson Young Researcher Award – Mrs. Florence Janvier

Bob Bentley Bursary – Mr. Jamie Drew

ISRP Conference Best Paper Award – Mr. Hiroki Haruta

ISRP Asian Young Japan Prize – Dr. Kazunori Ikegami

Feedback is extremely important for us to be able to improve, it would be great if you could find the time to send in a few words on ideas what you would like to see at future conferences.

I would also like to thank all those who presented at the conference and I encourage you all to turn your presentations into a paper for submission to the journal.

Finally, I was honored to take over as your Society President and I would like to give a warm thanks to Mike Clayton, our previous President, for all of his hard work during his term and I welcome our new Vice President Mike Parham.

Looking further ahead, the Americas Section are already planning the 19th ISRP International Conference which will be held in Denver, USA in September 2018. Please help our Americas Section make the conference a great success, it's never too early to start thinking about papers!

Best regards,

Lars Ronner,

President, ISRP


Abstracts and presentatons of the presented papers will continue to be available from the 'Full Programme' menu under the "Programme".

Also, check out the "Gallery" with pictures from all events during the five days of the conference!