Welcome to CYTO Virtual 2020 – ISAC’s First Ever Virtual Meeting!
It has now been about a week since the live portion of CYTO Virtual 2020 ended and I am still basking in the glow of how well all of you embraced this new format! On behalf of ISAC Leadership and the staff, I thank you for being active participants and making our first foray into the virtual meeting world such a success.
When the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic forced us to cancel our live meeting in Philadelphia, I was saddened along with many of you. The opportunity to gather yearly to hear great science, learn about new technologies, visit with our vendor colleagues for their latest and greatest , and most of all to renew old and make new friendships both on the floors of the meetings and informally after hours, is invigorating to all of us. To have that taken away abruptly threw us all for a loop! However cytometrists are a resourceful bunch and we quickly made the decision that we had to pivot to some sort of virtual offering and we needed to do it quickly! Thanks to a tremendous team effort led by Paul Smith and Michelle Beckner the members of the Meeting Continuity Taskforce, the ISAC staff and all of our ISAC membership came together to contribute to a two-day meeting that was attended by over 1100 people! With enthusiastic support of our vendors and the community, we were about to offer a chance for scientists worldwide to come together for a few days, as we always do, to renew our excitement for the field of cytometry. We even managed to have some live networking, though we all missed actually being together in person.
Those of you who could not attend every event (who could?? There was so much!), remember the on demand content is still available until the first of September. Grab a cup of coffee or a beer, depending on where you are, and relive or see for the first time some of the amazing work that is being done by the scientists in our field. I thank you all for your support and I am certain that we will have much more in store as we all learn to live in a virtual world. As one colleague said, “ain’t no stinkin’ virus keeping cytometrists down!”
I look forward to meeting you all again in the virtual world over the next year.
Jonni S. Moore, Ph.D.