Dear Authors, Esteemed Readers,
It is with deep satisfaction that I write this Foreword to the Proceedings of the 55th International Academic Conference held in Vienna, Austria on September 1, 2020.
The conference particularly encourage the interaction of research students and developing academics with the more established academic community in an informal setting to present and to discuss new and current work. Their contributions help to make the conference as outstanding as it has been.
In addition to the contributed papers, Professors Debra Bourdeau, PhD. and Thomas Sieland, PhD. from the Worldwide College of Arts & Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA, delivered the keynote speech "Developing Initiatives to Create Competency Awareness in Interdisciplinary Online and Blended General Education Programs".
These Proceedings will furnish the scientists of the world with an excellent reference book. I trust also that this will be an impetus to stimulate further study and research in all these areas.
We thank all authors and participants for their contributions.
Professor Robert Holman
Director of the IISES