Fourth International Congress of Nematology, Tenerife, 2002
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The FICN took place on June 8 – 13, 2002, at the Tenbel resort on the island of Tenerife (Canary islands, Spain).A note of thanks and farewell from Maria Arias, the Congress Organizer: Dear Colleagues,The 4th International Congress for Nematology held in Arona, Tenerife (8-13June) has scored an historical record of participants: 464 nematologists from 64 countries, along with more than 70 spouses. This high level of participation as well as the thanks and congratulations that we have received and continue to receive allow us to conclude that the Congress has been successful, both by its scientific program and its social activities.Such a success can only be achieved with the contribution of many people. Therefore, I want to emphasis the effort of our staff members who composed the Local Organising Committee; they all worked very hard during the last year. I am also indebted to the Scientific Program Committee, especially to its President Prof. Thierry Vrain. Thierry did an excellent work by chairing the committee and preparing the program and abstracts book. Mrs Safia Siddiqi should be thanked for the magnificent web site.Special thanks must be given to the two gentlemen I had beside me at any time. Prof. Maurice Moens was always ready to help me with his wise and prudent suggestions. Thanks Maurice, for your help and understanding as well as for your job as Secretary Treasurer of ESN. I wish you all the best in your new responsibilities. Prof. Antonio Bello worked tireless close to the authorities and obtained the facilities necessary for a good congress. I express special thanks to the ONTA friends, headed by Drs Rod Rodríguez-Kábana and Forest Robinson, who have honoured the local committee with a commemorative plate.The Canarian people should be thanked for their great hospitality. I thank the San Miguel and Arico City Halls for their contribution to the spouses program. I am grateful to the Counsellor of the Environment of the “Cabildo Insular de Tenerife”, Prof. Wladimiro Rodriguez Brito, for his participation in the wonderful field excursion that allowed us to visit the most relevant crops, as well as the different scenarios and environments of the Island. My special appreciation goes to the Arona City Hall, which generously offered us the Opening Reception and Closing Banquet.In my farewell as ESN president, I wish to thank everybody for the kind support and understanding. I did my best; your help gave me extra energy. Finally, my best wishes of success go to Drs Teresa Bleve-Zacheo and Manuel Mota our new ESN President and Secretary Treasurer, respectively. I am convinced that ESN is in good hands.
Madrid, 20th June 2002