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Letter from the the President

The President of TRTF, Peter A. Rinck, summarizes the main topics of this year's Annual Council Meeting.

Dear Friends,

his year's Annual Council Meeting took place in early March.

The restructuring of the Foundation some years ago has brought new flexibility and diversity. Gladly, today we see that the way chosen was good and very successful.

spaceholder new blue   At the Council Meeting we could happily announce that the e-Learning website magnetic-resonance.org has be­come one of the most at­tract­ive online learn­ing plat­forms to study the fun­da­mentals of a scientific discipline.

Spanish and Chinese beta-versions were released to­ge­ther with an updated 11th English version in 2017. The conclusions drawn from publishing the elec­tro­nic text­book on magnetic resonance basics were summarized in a Rinckside column. In consequence, the 12th edition of the textbook was published in print again.

spaceholder new blue   Rinckside, the nearly 30-year old column on “Medi­cal Imag­ing, Scien­ce, and Beyond” was integrated into the chapters of The Round Table Foundation. By receiving an ISSN, it turned into an officially citable scientific journal – small, but present. It is now listed by the German National Library as a serial publication, and registered with the ISSN International Center in Paris. If and how its scope might be widened will be discussed later in 2018.

spaceholder new blue   TRTF's e-Teaching of scientific English, part of the Virtual Campus Initiative, was discontinued after three years of existence. The main reason was the lack of basic knowledge of the participants, in English, in writing, and in scientific and research basics.

Lessons were arranged on a VLE (virtual learning platform), a virtual classroom where participants can see and talk to the teacher and their fellow students. Students of different levels enrolled, but most of them were found not to be qualified for the required tasks; e-learning was also disturbed by the individual surroundings of the students. It was con­clud­ed that courses like these should be run by academic in­sti­tu­tions or dedicated language schools on their premises face to face with a teacher several times a week for at least one year, if pos­sib­le personalized for individual students.

spaceholder new blue   The experience gained from the Virtual Campus Initiative has led to an expansion of the objectives of the Ethics and Philosophy Chapter; the revitalization of scientific and research codes of standards, honesty, integrety, and the imperative knowledge of fundamental scientific and research principles will be included in future discussions and proposals.

spaceholder new blue   The Pro Academia Prize. The Prize for 2017 was award­ed to collaborating groups of scholars in South America, led by Eduardo Posada Flórez of Bogotá, Colombia. Details can be found on the Pro Academia website. We are proud of this Prize and congratulate the recipients.

spaceholder new blue   The new offspring of Pro Academia is A Small Café, a platform to present thoughts, reflections and views. Two new con­tri­bu­tions will be published in 2018.

spaceholder new blue   As always: We are happy about and grateful for any sup­port, be it financial or personal – please do not hesitate to join the team. We have found several new sponsors for our Humanitarian Aid Chapter and thus intensify the sup­port for our project in Colombia.

Yours truly,

Prof. Dr. Peter A. Rinck
President of the Council

5 March 2018

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