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    MedComms Networking - 7 November 2017


    Last week I confirmed our next Careers event will be in Oxford on 11 January, and mentioned we still had space for one more agency to attend... the ensuing rush to fight over the space at least reassured me that some people do indeed read this newsletter! Sorry to everyone who missed out. We're often strictly restricted as to how many agencies we can involve in these events with the Universities. All being well I hope we'll be back to London next year with a good chance of a bigger space there than usual, so watch this space.

    Meanwhile, as I keep saying, I'd welcome more contributions to the information service and if you arrange your own initiatives eg assessment days, open days, internships and so on, then let me know so I can pass word on. We all win by making more noise between us about the opportunities in MedComms.

    Meanwhile last week's Brunch Club meeting worked well again. My thanks to everyone who joined us to provide the audience for the speakers. It was much appreciated. The first two webcasts are now available for you at as follows:

    The first webcast is What is Disclosure UK and why are we doing it? Karen Borrer, Head of Corporate Communication at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) talks about Disclosure UK and its place in the journey towards greater pharmaceutical industry transparency (14.02 minutes). As a related aside you might be interested to read this article from Pharmafocus this week; Clinical trial transparency: Letting the light in.

    The second webcast is Scientific meetings in the digital age - overcoming challenges. Tiberio Catania, Group Commercial Director, EPG Communications Group, outlines key findings from a recently published survey into healthcare professional and pharmaceutical industry attitudes towards online scientific meetings (18.08 minutes). Again as an aside, Tiberio presented this data at our last Virtual meeting (the archive version is freely available here) and note the full data report is also freely available from EPG here.

    We should have the third webcast posted very shortly. Meanwhile that's now 64 webcasts freely available to everyone, everywhere, at and the number will continue to grow over the coming months. Enjoy. And please help spread the word.

    Next on the agenda are two more small Lunch and Learn events with Concise, talking about measuring success with event tech analytics. We're in Cambridge, UK on 28 November and San Francisco, USA (sadly without me!) on 30 November. Do join in and please help spread the word. I'm particularly keen to find out whether there is an appetite around Cambridge for more and bigger events next year. Let me know.

    Finally today, here are a couple of topics to debate over your next coffee break with colleagues...

    Do (comms) agencies really need offices - from PR Week this week


    Are many academics eager to publish in worthless journals - as suggested by The New York Times last week?

    Have a good week, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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