After several years in EMC research a certain
routine is established, and part of that routine is the annual
trip to the IEEE EMC Symposia in the US. But this year there was
a change to this routine: the 2003 IEEE International Symposium
on EMC was held in Istanbul, Turkey.
|Istanbul proved to be a city well worth
a visit - by both day and night!
Istanbul is much closer to Perth, Western Australia, and it promised
to be an exciting place to visit. So, as far as the tourist aspect
was concerned, the decision for Istanbul was an easy one for me.
But in the months before the event, the situation in the Middle
East was not encouraging, and once the Boston symposium was promoted
as a competing event, the question came up: would it be worth
going to Istanbul?
The EMC community in Australia is not large, and for Perth, well,
there are not too many EMC experts within 3000 km. Attending an
international conference is therefore quite important to keep
in contact with colleagues around the globe. E-mail is a great
thing for exchanging information and ideas, but can not replace
face-to-face meetings, at least from time to time.
Was it worth going to Istanbul?