The ITS10 was a great success, and we are happy to report back on its many accomplishments and highlights and to acknowledge the contributions of everyone involved. First, our host organization, the Measurement Science Conference (MSC), did a great job with making all of the arrangements and accommodating the special requirements for the ITS10. The Disneyland Hotel had everything we needed and provided the perfect venue for setting the right mood to the Symposium.
We have been working with the MSC for several years in planning the ITS10 and their experience in these matters was invaluable. Tim Mason guided the team to a successful conclusion, together with the help of Karen Jackson, Dawn Cross, and John Bowman. In particular, we would like to give a special acknowledgement to Dawn Cross, who served as the conference secretary again for her 4th (and ‘final’, according to her) Temperature Symposium! Dawn’s role as a steadfast and enduring bridge between the MSC and the ITS10 organizers was crucial and well appreciated by all.
The MSC also was operating under extreme duress during the lead up to the event. As some of you already know, a sudden and unexpected passing occurred and we lost the MSC Chair and key longtime organizer, Karen Jackson just three days before the start of the symposium. Our sincere sympathies go out to all of Karen’s family and MSC colleagues.
To give a measure of this ITS10’s success, our entire block of reserved rooms, at the Disney hotel were SOLD OUT in the weeks prior to the event. In addition, the final registration count was 181, exceeding our nominal expectation for a completely live symposium in the post-pandemic era. The program ended up with 169 presentations, including 9 Workshop Sessions. The Workshops in particular were very well attended, with standing room only for some of the sessions. The Ballroom was also packed with attendees for the 5 Plenary Sessions held during the week, and all of the 8 plenary speakers delivered excellent presentations on a wide range of topics related to temperature and humidity, from metrology to the industrial realm, and to the realm of climate and human health.
Our Program Committee coordinators, Wes Tew, Howard Yoon, and Chris Meyer, were very busy all week, chairing and monitoring the sessions, answering questions, delivering workshops and lectures, and staying one step ahead of everything as it unfolded! With 28 regular Parallel Oral Sessions, not including the additional 9 workshop sessions, and the 3 Poster Sessions, it was a very hectic week for all of the organizers! Fortunately, it has all been archived in the form of the ITS10 Conference Digest, and this is available for anyone to download here: ITS10 Conference Digest (nist.gov)
We gratefully acknowledge our Corporate Level Sponsors from Additel, Fluke Calibration, Pond Engineering, Omega Engineering, Advanced Energy and our sponsor Lakeshore Cryogenics. We are very grateful for our scholarship provider, Isotech North America, who provided 7 scholarships this year as well. Combined with our approximately 50 exhibitors, the floor show was likewise a great success.
Our vision for the ITS10 was for a total immersive experience, to convey the state-of-art in all of the technical areas and to provide the technical information transfer that all the attendees could use. And in so doing, to drive excellence in these areas, across the World of Temperature, Humidity and Impact on Climate and Human health measurements. We also had several special presentations during the opening session, lunchtime lectures, and our Symposium Dinner that were part of our centenary celebration of the Temperature Symposia. This included a look back at the original event in Chicago in 1919 and a retrospective on the many vital contributions of our former program chair, Jim Schooley.
We believe that we achieved our objectives and we’re very happy to have shared this event with all of the ITS10 participants.
Herb Dwyer, ITS10 Organizing Committee Chair