Dear CYTO Virtual Participants:
2020 was one of the most challenging years in recent memory, turning the world on its head in more ways than we’d like to remember. Nonetheless, one silver lining has undoubtedly emerged: the pandemic has opened the eyes of the scientific world to the potential, utility, and necessity of cell-based analysis. A surge of publications on the role of cytometry and single-cell genomics in the battle against SARS-CoV2 has proven the importance of keeping our society connected and prosperous!
Collaboration is a hallmark of the cytometry community. We’ve seen its significance in workshops, tutorials, and panel discussions at our annual CYTO congresses. But then came the pandemic, and ISAC was forced to pivot to previously unexplored methods of interacting online. As scientists, adapting to emerging trends is nothing new. Despite the challenge of a quick transition to a new technological platform, the ISAC community came together to celebrate and support one another at CYTO Virtual 2020. It was a remarkable success.
Though the end of the pandemic is at last in sight, there is a long way to go. As such, ISAC marches forward to bring you our second virtual meeting, this year with far less trepidation and even greater excitement!
CYTO Virtual Interactive will be a meeting unlike any other we have produced! Developed with sessions scheduled for global accessibility across different time zones, this year’s meeting will focus on connecting and interacting online, building our community internationally, and, as always, showcasing the most cutting-edge science and cytometry technology.
The path to a healthier future demands global scientific collaboration, and ISAC will continue to lead in this endeavor as our field becomes increasingly relevant across the medical and scientific communities. CYTO Virtual Interactive will be an empowering, innovative international program, and I encourage you to join us!
Finally, I want to thank all of you for your support of ISAC. The work you accomplish makes a real difference in meeting the challenges of today and tomorrow.