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MedComms Networking - 03 November 2020
It's a busy week for some. What takes your fancy?
The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) are running their Virtual Conference as I write. Follow #CIEP2020
The European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) starts their Virtual Conference tomorrow. It runs over two weeks and includes the Annual Symposium, Research Integrity and The Medical Communicator: What We Do When No One Is Watching, on Friday. Is there a hashtag? Follow @Official_EMWA
European CME Forum also starts their Virtual Meeting tomorrow. European and global CME: What next? features more than 70 faculty members, which seems a phenomenal achievement considering their limited resources (full disclosure, I started this Forum with Eugene Pozniak, before backing away five years ago) Follow #13ECF
And then the Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) kicks off their EMEA 2020 Annual Meeting on Monday. Virtually, of course. Is there a hashtag? Follow @MAPSmedaffairs
Some conference junkies may be delighted to attend them all from the comfort of home. None of that boring hanging around in airports, taxis and hotels.
And all those incidental costs - gone.
But what about the buzz - and value - of meeting face-to-face?
And staying at home means chores. The kids expect their taxi service. The dog needs walking. Staying in bed looks inviting as we battle time zone differences. Will anyone notice me sign in, then slope off? Or answer emails? Or run my own online event...
Last week's #MedComms webinar featured some great practical advice and case histories from Jose Antonio Barrientos, Michelle Collins, Gaurav Kumar, Safeer Mughal and Sam Rushton-Reed of Prime Global, calling on their own experiences to discuss how we have effectively adapted to the changes that COVID-19 has brought to MedComms, including congresses. Watch the recording here.
The discussions covered a lot of ground and, for instance, how we need to be careful when talking numbers. Too many organisers only trumpet registration numbers. But how many turn up? How many are really engaged? How do you know? And is the future hybrid? What does that mean? How do we re-capture the benefits of meeting face-to-face? Do we need to?
Last week, The European Society of Cardiology (ESC aka @escardio) announced that everything remains online through to at least end of September 2021 (incl ESC Congress).
Interesting. How many other organisers are fighting the inevitable?
But this is an industry we're talking about. And livelihoods.
Oh well, needs must. Adapt or die, I guess. Hopefully we'll have the opportunity to discuss much more about how we do that in future #MedComms webinars. It sure is interesting times and I'm already lining up topics for next year. Great fun.
Meanwhile, tomorrow we're talking Equity, diversity and inclusion in MedComms. What's to discuss? Join us and help stimulate further discussion across the MedComms community.
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Stay safe and well, everyone.
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