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    MedComms Networking - 05 December 2017


    Thanks to everyone who joined us last week in Cambridge, for our latest Lunch and Learn event with Concise. We had a full room and good, lively discussion about measuring success with event tech analytics. A summary report on the topic will be freely available shortly. Meanwhile, my take on the discussions in Cambridge was that all too often everyone involved in a meeting (suppliers, clients and attendees included) nowadays expects an App to be used but far too little is then being done to actually exploit data that's collected - assuming any data is indeed collected. The idea is to understand what works and what doesn't, and to use the analysis to inform future activities. That might be more easily said than done but why aren't clients demanding more analysis? If they are, what more do they want? Concise would love to hear from anyone on the topic - email Jo Merriman at

    We did answer one question, though - there is an appetite to do more in the Cambridge area. Let me know if you can offer some support to help keep things moving.

    Meanwhile, we're well on course for publishing our new MedComms careers guide in January as planned. We're calling it "The business of medical communications: A guide to getting started in account management". It's a tad frantic but the core text has been written and we've got Profile Pages coming from the Sponsors of (thanks for the ongoing support, guys) and a good number of Ads are already confirmed for the Directory of Agencies, with more coming. And we've started receiving quotes from various account manager types starting "I work in MedComms..." and finishing how they like. The new guide is being designed to follow the same format and style as the current issue of "From academic to medical writer: A guide to getting started in medical communications", which will be updated as usual in March. Please give me a shout if you'd like to join in.

    And don't forget, our next Careers event is on 11 January in Oxford. Please help spread the word.

    Before that, our next Brunch Club meeting (when we film new webcasts for the library) will be on 10 January. Eugene Pozniak will talk about the highlights of last month's 10th Annual European CME Forum and we're expecting a couple more speakers who'll also talk about CME/CPD-related topics. Join us if you can. As always, lunch is on me!

    Frankly I'm expecting a very busy 2018. January's certainly busy. Are you thinking of attending the 2018 European Meeting of ISMPP, London, 23-24 January? If so, note the Early Bird price ends tomorrow, 6 December. This one really is a good meeting for anyone with any interest in publications work. I hope to see many of you there. And a reminder, if you work in publications; check out the services at The Publication Plan and at OpenPharma for useful, up-to-date news and analysis.

    Have a good week, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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