Dear ITS Colleagues:|
I'm writing this message from back home in Sweden after having returned from beautiful Florence, Italy where I participated in the 24th European Regional ITS Conference late in October along with 160 other guest speakers, paper presenters and general attendees.
I am delighted to report that the Florence Conference was by every measure a tremendous success for ITS. The theme of this year's European Regional Conference was Technology, Investment and Uncertainty. The proceedings began with a thoroughly engaging panel discussion on the future of European regulation involving the Chair-elect of BEREC, Mr. Göran Marby, DG of the Swedish NRA (PTS), Dr. Lucilla Sioli, Head of the Economic and Statistical Analysis Unit of the Information Society and Media Directorate-General European Commission, and Professor Steffen Hoernig, Universidad de Nova Lisboa. This was followed by a lively exchange of views and ideas in the Conference's plenary sessions and two and half days of multiple concurrent sessions featuring a great many outstanding papers. Overall, the Conference offered attendees an exceptional social and educational experience from the first-rate scientific program and extraordinary hospitality offered by the Conference hosts, all of which took place in a remarkable venue — an ancient, restored monastery with a stunning view of Florence – to the wonderful Tuscan cuisine and accompanying wines, and a truly memorable gala event at the Villa Medicea di Castello atop the hills overlooking Florence.