Letter from the President

Dear Friends and colleagues,Gill Morbey photo

Our last Management Committee meeting was in Copenhagen in this past February. It was great to meet as a strengthened committee with Dennis Lolli looking at increasing our diversity and representation and Henriette Hermann-Olesen as our Networks Coordinator.

It was really helpful to meet with the scientifc and
planning committees for the European DbI conference being scheduled for 5th–8th Sept 2017 in Aalborg. Everybody is working really hard to make the conference a success with the planning of presentations, submissions of
abstracts and all the practical organisation of venues already being considered.

The ManCom was also beginning to plan for the full Board and AGM in Orlando in August. ICEVI and the World Blind Union are hosting the 2nd of their Joint General Assemblies so we are looking forward to joining our partners and colleagues at the much larger event. We hope that will make it easier for Board members to attend. We are aware that travel and time
are so precious nowadays we really need to make the most of every meeting.

Dmitry Polikanov and our Russian colleagues have done a fantastic job in producing the DbI Review in Russian. Really great achievement.

Our wonderful secretariat will get the Board and AGM details to you and we
look forward to meeting everyone in August.

As ever the DbI Review is packed full of interesting articles and it’s such a joy
when new ideas emerge. One of our jobs is to ensure that there is ‘space’ for
innovative thinking so I’m grateful to Stan for the huge amount of work that
goes into the organising and editing of the Review and of course the wonderful
contributions. Happy reading!


With best wishes,

Gill Morbey

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