Hosting in Bordeaux the annual conference of this prestigious society, CORLAS (Collegium ORL Amicitiae Sacrum), is a huge privilege for the French group, the ENT School of Bordeaux launched by Professor Georges Portmann and so brilliantly pursued by Professor Michel Portmann.
Georges Portmann was among the founders of the Collegium and organized twice the conference in his city, in 1931 and 1956. Michel Portmann exerted the function of CORLAS Treasurer for a quarter of century (1966-1990) and then passed on this responsibility to Jean-Marie Aran for eight years (1990-1999). Paul van den Broek, then General Secretary (1987-2000), was kind enough to ask me to succeed to Jean-Marie as Treasurer, thus allowing me to join the Board and start working with Pekka Karma.
The CORLAS meeting organized in Lyon by Alain Morgon in 1999, with it’s so particular French touch throughout the conference and the post-conference tour in the Beaujolais, is still in the memory of the many attendees present.
The years during which I had the immense honor to act as General Secretary (2008-2015) have considerably influenced the course of my career and I am greatly indebted to the CORLAS French, honorary and non-honorary, members who supported me during this period so fortunate for me. Without their help, in particular that of Olivier Sterkers, I would not have been able to imagine organizing this conference in Bordeaux.
For decades Bordeaux has attracted numerous tourists knowledgeable in wine. With the remarkable work undertaken by Alain Juppé, Mayor of the city since 1995, the city of Bordeaux nowadays also seduces worldwide visitors for the beauty of many stone-buildings, the delicate homogeneity of its avenues, the renovated banks of its Garonne River. Water and soil have sculpted the organization of the vineyards, Saint-Emilion and Pomerol on the right bank of the Dordogne, Medoc on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, and the trio Graves, Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes on the left bank of the Garonne, south to the city.
The President and the Vice-President of the Bordeaux conference along with the city of Bordeaux will do their best to provide our friends from all around the world with a warm and hearty welcome in August 2016.
Dear Members and Friends of the Collegium,
With his striking sense of wording, the British historian Steven Runciman describes the Fall of Constantinople, in 1453, as a tragedy for the Greek people and, at the same time, a new start for the Ottoman Empire. By hosting the 61th CORLAS meeting at the edge of the Marmora Sea, close to the Bosphorus entrance, President Metin Önerci enabled some 225 members, guests and accompanying persons to realize the dual meaning of this middle-age crucial event. Behind the long murals that had contributed to its fame, the capital of the fifteenth-century Byzantine Empire was in a weaker position than it seemed at first sight. While economical power and political influence of Byzantium had inexorably been declining over the previous decades, the Turkish army had become the strongest armada of this part of the world, both in terms of infantry, cavalry, artillery and, above all, organization of its components. This remarkable military development was made possible by the talent of rulers such as Osman, Orhan, Murad (I and II) and Mehmet II. The Ottoman sultanate’s final victory was accelerated by divisions in Christendom. The reasons for disagreement were, first, religious as a result of the long-lasting theological conflict between Western (Rome) and Eastern (Constantinople) Church, the Vatican being even more reluctant to bring military support to a community that refused its leadership. There were also other sources of limited cooperation between Western forces, such as struggle for influence between occidental monarchs and trade rivalry between Genoese and Venetian states, among others.
The Corlas Board met on Saturday 23 August 2014 at Polat Renaissance hotel, the venue of the conference. The proposals made by the Board to the General Assembly will be described in the section devoted to Business meeting. For the time being, the composition of the Board throughout the whole conference is recalled: Metin Önerci (President), Orhan Ozturan (Vice-President), René Dauman (General Secretary), Reidar Grénman (Treasurer), Ashley Wackym (President-Elect and Second Secretary), Wolfgang Arnold (Counsellor), Yasuo Hisa (Counsellor), Hamlet Suarez (Counsellor), and Matti Anniko (Editor to the Acta, the reference review for the conference-related manuscripts). The Credentials committee consisting of Allen Ryan (USA, President), René Leemans (The Netherlands) and Patrice Tran Ba Huy (at the end of his last term, France) joined the Board in its second part.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
It is with great excitement that I welcome you on behalf of the entire US Group to San Francisco. We are planning an extraordinary meeting and experience.
The Palace Hotel will be the meeting venue. It is a beautiful and classic European-style hotel. We were able to negotiate an extremely low rate of $229 per night and all meeting activities will be within the hotel. The website for the meeting is now open (www.collegium2015.com). The meeting room and the exhibit area are contiguous and spacious.
Details regarding the Family Tour and Postcongress Tour are still being finalized, but rest assured there will be ample opportunity for the quality interactions that make the Collegium such a special and unique society.
While the registration rate is higher than has been the case in recent years, the experiences will be phenomenal. The Opening Reception will be held in the Garden Court of the Palace Hotel. The Cultural Evening will be held at the Legion of Honor. The Members Dinner will be held in the African Hall within the California Academy of Sciences and the Accompanying Persons’ Dinner will be held in the Conservatory of Flowers. Finally, the Gala Dinner will be held in the iconic and spectacular San Francisco City Hall. Please follow the links below for more information.
The abstract submission will open on 5 January 2015 and we encourage a robust submission process so that an outstanding program will be created. We are planning some special guest speakers that will further strengthen the program and scientific exchange that make our meetings so special.
I would also like to thank and acknowledge the advice and help that René Dauman, other Board Members and Past-Presidents have provided to us in the planning stages. I am especially grateful to my wife Jeremy who has worked very hard in planning and identifying venues, as well as helping us assess the quality of the experiences that we will have. Finally, Herman Jenkins, Bert O’Malley, Jay Rubinstein, Judy Dubno, Cherie Ann Nathan, Rick Friedman, Brad Welling, Rick Pillsbury, Lloyd Minor and Anil Lalwani have been invaluable in the planning process and helping secure the corporate support that will help assure an amazing meeting at a low cost relative to the expenses associated with the meeting.
With warmest regards,
P. Ashley Wackym, MD
Garden Court of the Palace Hotel.
Legion of Honor
California Academy of Sciences / African Hall
Conservatory of Flowers
San Francisco City Hall
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