In the past few years Brazil has been in focus around the world due to many factors: a prospering and stable economy, growing industrial production, numerous advances in science and sports. Recognition of these positive changes can be seen in the fact that Brazil has been selected to host the 2014 World Football Cup and 2016 summer Olympic Games. In addition to these great honors, Rio de Janeiro is going to be the host for ICS 2014! This lovely city is located in a tourist region in Brazil and has great infrastructure. The convention center is only a 40 minute journey from the international airport, and easily accessible from many great hotels.
ICS’s influence is growing in South America. This can be seen in the growing number of members of the society and a strong presence in the annual meeting. I think it is opportune to have an ICS meeting in Brazil, especially as this is the first ICS meeting to be held in South America!
Carlos Arturo Levi D’Ancona, Meeting Chairman