It feels like just yesterday since I started my term as President of the Information Theory Society, and one year has almost passed! Looking back, it has been a good year, with more ups than downs, full of exciting events as well as challenges for our Society. Both ISIT and ITW took place in fairly unusual locations: Saint Petersburg, Russia, and Paraty, Brazil. Although not planned in advance, in the midst of the present economic crisis, focusing on the BRIC (with all due respect for the PIGS) was somehow a sign of the times. Letting alone the jokes on global politics and economics, it is a matter of fact that our Society is expanding its global outreach. The “C
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