Calendar and Association News

by Gary Schnitz, CMI, FAMI
This section contains information relating to our professional annual meetings. These meetings are vital not only for the financial health of our organizations, but they also represent great opportunities for all of us to gain new skills, to share academic or research interests, and to acquire continuing education hours for certification.

We continue to expand this section to include recent manufacturer press releases and other noteworthy items of information for our JBC subscribers and Association members. Please let us know how we may improve this section, as well as other components of your Journal.

The JBC hopes that you will take advantage of these annual meetings and the opportunities they offer, and we encourage you to support your professional association.


Upcoming 2006 Annual Meetings

The Premier Conference and Exhibition
for the AV Communications Industry!

InfoComm Conference from June 3 - 9, 2006
InfoComm Exhibition from June 7 - 9, 2006

Plan to attend InfoComm in 2006 to see the largest event in the professional information communications and electronics arena, and get a head start on the hottest and emerging technologies. Now that AV is everywhere, tie it all back to the manufacturers, integrators and professionals.

The InfoComm conference and exhibition will feature:

  • Display and projection technologies
  • Multimedia products and services
  • Digital signage
  • Networked information systems
  • Audio technologies and services
  • Security systems
  • Streaming media
  • Residential A-V systems
  • Video and video production
  • Furniture, racks, cases, stands
  • Lighting and staging
  • Cables and connectors
  • Digital cinema and entertainment systems
  • Wireless systems
  • Control, interfacing, and signal distribution
  • Structured wiring
  • Collaborative conferencing including audio, video, data, and web

InfoComm 06 promises to be our most exciting show yet! Check back for details soon. And find out why 725 companies chose to exhibit at InfoComm 05 - contact to join them in 2006.

Click here for more information!

Announcing the 47th International Conference on Health and Science Communications (HESCA)

June 28 - July 2, 2006
Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC – The 47th Annual International Conference on Halth and Science Communications, sponsored by the Health and Sciences Communications Association (HeSCA) has chosen Washington, DC as the host city for its 2006 conference. The conference will give attendees the opportunity to learn the latest technical aspects of media production and delivery as well as addressing the challenges of providing leadership in a creative environment constrained by dollars, pounds and yen. There will also be a vast selection of workshops and lecture sessions for communications professionals throughout the course of this four-day event.

The conference brings together leaders from North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim at a time when international healthcare initiatives are flourishing.

HeSCA's strength is providing advanced educational opportunities to the people at the forefront of communications technology, and conference networking enables participants to generate strategies for the future.

Background on HeSCA – The Health Sciences Communications Association

HeSCA has a strong, nearly half-century history as a professional association and began as the Council on Medical Television in 1959. With the integration of technology into health care education and information delivery, HeSCA continues to meet the needs of professionals working in this evolving environment. For much of its history the membership has worked in the field of medical education, but during the 1980’s, with the changing structure of healthcare delivery, employee training and communications became a part of the career responsibilities. In the 1990’s and continuing today, many HeSCA professionals find their careers shifting towards medical marketing. The specialties within healthcare communications are many and can focus by subject or technology; all are addressed by the professional development opportunities found during the conference.

For more information on HeSCA as well as regular updates on the 2006 Conference Program, visit

Announcing the Annual Meeting of
The Association of Biomedical Communications Directors (ABCD)

June 2006
Washington, D.C.

ABCD is co-locating with our HeSCA colleagues again this year for this combined meeting. The ABCD membership is encouraged to register for the entire HeSCA meeting, the workshops, and informative sessions through the HeSCA website at:

Announcing the 76th Annual Meeting BioCommunications Association
BIOCOMM - 2006

July 11 - 15, 2006
Knoxville Tennessee Crowne Plaza Hotel

Come experience Southern Hospitality for yourself.... room rates will be $89!

A GREAT location, GREAT program, GREAT workshops, and GREAT PEOPLE — it's all coming together in Knoxville for the 76th annual meeting of the BioCommunications Association.

Step up to the plate and participate with the various BIOCOMM 2006 offerings: BioImages Entries, Plenary or Workshop Presentations, InfoShare, or by becoming a meeting volunteer (all positions are open).

Stay tuned to the BCA web site and the BCA listserve. Look for additional announcements from the BCA Central Office and the BCA Planning Committee for further information. In the meantime, contact Richard Frederickson, Director of Conferences at (301) 846-1546 or with your GREAT ideas and suggestions, or to volunteer. Make this BCA gathering a GREAT SUCCESS!

See you in Knoxville (at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains — the most visited national park in the USA)!

Announcing the
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators'
2006 Summer Workshop

June 26 - July 1, 2006
Stueben, Maine


  • Painting Butterflies and Moths with Acrylic & Color Pencil
    With Dolores R. Santoliquido
  • Painting Botanicals on Vellum with Carol Woodin

The GNSI Workshop location will be the Humboldt Field Research Institute and Eagle Hill Foundation, Steuben, Maine.

Founded at the Smithsonian Institution in 1968, the Guild has grown to become part of the global community. It is a non-profit organization that sets high professional standards, provides opportunities for professional and scholarly development, encourages and assists member networking, and promotes itself to potential clients and the general public.

Look for updated announcements regarding the dates, instructors, and the registration process at:




Announcing SIGGRAPH 33rd International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

Conference July 30 - August 3, 2006
Exhibition August 1 - 3, 2006
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

In the next 12 months, there's only one opportunity to understand, create, experience, and debate every aspect of computer graphics and interactive techniques: SIGGRAPH 2006 in Boston.

Learn from the world's leading experts, as they present advanced theory and practical applications. See the year's finest international achievements in digital art, animation, and visual effects. Meet SIGGRAPH Pioneers and emerging achievers.

Plan to attend and exchange ideas, insights, and inspiration with people who share your goals and aspirations.

For more information visit:

Announcing the 2006 Annual Meeting of the
Association of Medical Illustrators

August 2 - 6, 2006
Boston, MA

The annual meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) will take place in Boston, MA, during the first week of August 2006. At the meeting you will find a diverse, dynamic group of medical illustrators, animators, teachers, administrators, project managers, and other professionals bound together by their common interests - art and science. The medical illustration Salon will be the highlight of this event, featuring professional and student work of the AMI membership. Plan on attending, and check out the Boston SIGGRAPH meeting as well that same week.

Additional information visit:

Related Association News

The Association of Medical Illustrators, in conjunction with The Society of Illustrators, The National Cartoonists Society, The American Society of Architectural Illustrators, and The Illustrators' Partnership of America, continues to seek better ways to market and license the rights to their creative work.

One of the goals of this working coalition is still to explore the possibility of collecting and pooling artists' reprographic fees in order to create a collective rights administration to return reproduction royalties to illustrators.
Since the birth of the Illustrators' Partnership of America, the organization's key mission has been the development of a licensing agency that would truly represent the best interests of American artists and illustrators.

For more information about the Illustrators' Partnership of America, visit

For information about protecting your copyrights:

About The Vesalius Trust
The Vesalius Trust for Visual Communication in the Health Sciences was incorporated as a nonprofit public foundation in 1988. Established under the direction of the Board of Governors of the Association of Medical Illustrators, the Trust strives to develop and support education and research programs in the field of health science communications.

History of the Trust
Since its founding in 1988, the Trust has endeavored to identify and secure funding for educational and research activities in visual communications in the health sciences, and to act as a conduit for these resources. Currently, the Trust supports: scholarships, research grants, continuing professional education, and an international recognition program for exceptional contributions to medical education.

The Frank H. Netter, M.D. Award and Vesalius Trust Awards of Excellence recognize and honor significant contributions to the field of health science communications.

Mission of the Trust
To provide leadership for the advancement of education and research in visual communications for the health sciences.

Vision Statement
To be known as the premier resource for funding of visual communications in the health sciences.

Our Commitment
Our commitment to support visual communications in the health sciences is broad. During the past year, the Trust has endeavored to form alliances with related groups and associations within the field of biocommunication. The Trust not only supports scholarship and research in the profession of medical illustration, but also includes and supports the areas of biomedical and scientific photography, biomedical visualization, anatomical animation, life science and zoological illustration, microbiological and molecular visualization, video production, and biomedical research.

We welcome financial contributions of any size from individuals or corporations interested in the Trust's mission. Those individuals interested in making a tax deductible contribution to the Vesalius Trust are encouraged to visit the Trust's website below.

E-mail inquiries regarding the Vesalius Trust are also encouraged at:

Please visit The Vesalius Trust's web site for additional information:

Portions of the JBC News were provided by the individual associations and their pre-conference information.

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