B. Stephens Richards, III, MD
Long Range Planning Committee Chair
The future Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Annual Meeting sites that have previously been selected are Lyon, France (2013); Anchorage, Alaska, USA (2014); and Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (2015). Minneapolis will be the host of our special 50th Anniversary of the SRS Annual Meeting. The future SRS International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) sites include Vancouver, Canada (2013) and Valencia, Spain (2014). For the 2015 IMAST site, Lawrence G. Lenke, MD (last year’s committee chair) and Executive Director Tressa Goulding, CAE, CMP, will be visiting three potential venues (Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore) in December. The decision for the 2015 IMAST site will be made shortly thereafter by the committee.
A Request for Proposal will be circulated to all SRS members, which will allow members to propose an Annual Meeting site or IMAST site. The SRS staff will review the proposals, maintain a spreadsheet of the proposals and perform preliminary research to determine whether adequate facilities are available. The Long Range Planning (LRP) Committee will discuss these proposals with the IMAST committee and other appropriate committees, and select two to three locations for further investigation, including site inspections. Following site inspections by Ms. Goulding and the LRP Committee Chair, the LRP Committee will discuss and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors. For 2016, the Annual Meeting will be outside of North America and IMAST will be in North America. The committee is currently assessing possibilities for both meetings, and will visit potential venues in 2013.
Factors that are important in the selection process include geographic balance, financial issues, alignment with the SRS strategic plan and educational needs, local support, and adequate facilities.
Committee Chair: B. Stephens Richards, III, MD Committee Members: Lawrence G. Lenke, MD; Youssry MK El-Hawary, MD; Kamal N. Ibrahim, MD, FRCSC; Ahmet Alanay, MD; Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD.