11.01.2017 - International Academy for Thematical Philately established
It's never too late to report a significant event. Last year, on 5 November, Dr. Mark Bottu (Belgium) showed a PowerPoint presentation during a conference in Venice (Italy). The presentation contained remarkable news: it announced the birth of a new international organization called the International Academy for Thematical Philately (IATP). Earlier, during the international stamp exhibition in New York, the possibility of an international body concerned with thematical (or topical) philately was already mentioned.
Little is known about the objectives and activities of the new academy, but there is no doubt that this will change soon. At the moment, we can inform you how the Board of the IATP is composed. The following renowned thematic collectors have a chair in the Board: Dale Smith (United States), Barry Stagg (UK), Dr. Mark Bottu (Belgium), Yukio Onuma (Japan) and Johann Vandenhaute (Belgium).
The first official meeting of the new academy will take place during the FEPA exhibition that will be held this year in the Finnish town of Tampere, FINLANDIA 2017.