It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you to the 35th International Symposium on Superconductivity (ISS2022). This three-day symposium packed with presentations from topical experts begins on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, in Japan Standard Time.
The International Symposium on Superconductivity (ISS) was launched back in 1988 after the discovery of copper-oxide-based high-temperature superconductors and it has been held annually since then.
In 2020, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) planned to co-host the ISS2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting in Wellington was postponed. The venue changed to Tsukuba, Japan and the ISS2020 took place as a hybrid event.
The year of 2021 was also very challenging. With the health and safety of our participants as our top priority, we decided to go all-virtual. Through an online format, the ISS2021 shared exciting recent research results and innovative application ideas of superconductivity with 342 participants from 22 countries. We sincerely hoped to have ISS2022 as an in-person meeting in Wellington, New Zealand. However, a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases early this year, and continuing uncertainty on travel restrictions, compelled us to shift to a virtual format again. We eagerly anticipate that we will meet each other in-person and enjoy face-to-face interaction in Wellington, New Zealand next year.
Every year, ISS is committed to excellence in its technical program. Our international advisory committee and program committee are working hard to organize this year’s program with diverse topics in superconductivity. We are confident that ISS2022 will offer an excellent opportunity to learn new advancements in the field of superconductivity and a great chance to strengthen the relationship between academics and industry.
We look forward to seeing all of you online in November at the ISS2022.
Thank you, Kia ora!
Prof. Nick Long Chair, ISS2022