Having been closely involved in the organisation of the XXIVth International Biometric Conference in Dublin in 2008, it is a great pleasure to be acting as Organising President for the XXVth International Biometric Conference in Florianópolis, Brazil in December 2010. Our Local Organising Committee, chaired by Dalton Francisco de Andrade, and our International Programme Committee, chaired by Vicente Núñez-Antón, have already made impressive progress in planning and developing what are sure to be marvellous scientific and social programmes. From my first visit to Florianópolis and Brazil in May 2008, I am certain that all delegates to the conference will receive a warm welcome to this delightful venue. The conference will continue our tradition of blending scientific and social interactions, and of getting to know the local environment and culture. I look forward to seeing you in Florianópolis in December 2010.
IBS President 2009 / Organising President IBC 2010