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    MedComms Networking - 12 January 2021


    First, a big shout out to Elif Fincanci-Smith and her colleagues at NexGen Healthcare Communications who are now sponsoring MedComms Networking activity. Huge kudos to you. And indeed to all the current Sponsors. Without their help I simply couldn't do all this in the way we do it, making so much valuable resource so freely accessible to so many. In these strange and disrupted times, it's even more valued.

    Talking of disrupted times, this week The European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) announced their Spring Conference in May, which should have been in Latvia, will now be a virtual event. This follows their first successful virtual event in November last year. Whilst they cite health and safety of attendees, they also make the practical point about facing cancellation costs and planning.

    These practical considerations must be facing a host of organisations.

    This morning I caught up with Len Starnes who'll join me next Wednesday, 20 January, for our #MedComms webinar, Medical Society Conferences: What we learnt in 2020, what might happen in 2021. Please join us for what should be another fascinating discussion. Len's tracking what the medical societies are doing and has plenty of insights to share. This follows the webinar I ran with him 6 months ago, The medical conference is dead, long live the medical conference. REDUX. Six months is a long time in pandemic times.

    I, for one, am sticking with my decision that I won't be running any F2F meetings in 2021! But it's much easier for me say this than for many others.

    Meanwhile, we've had more than 300 respondents now to our 6th annual MedComms Barometer survey. But I want more! I'm determined to beat last year's total of 528 and you know I'll not stop nagging until we get there. So please, everyone, take 10 minutes and complete the form. And please be sure to add your comments to the free text boxes. We're collecting some really useful insights. As always, the closing date is 31 January and the data will be freely available to browse the next day. There's plenty of food for thought in there, already.

    Finally - something to look forward to! It's never too early to start planning, so please make a diary note that we'll celebrate a Day in the Life of MedComms in 2021 (aka #MedComms Day) on Wednesday 9 June. We've made it to number 10! What a journey. We're supported this year by The American Writers Association (AMWA), The Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA), The European Medical Writers Association (EMWA), The Healthcare Communications Association (HCA), HealthEconomics.Com, The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) and The Publication Plan. Hopefully, between us all we'll make lots of noise for #MedComms. This next one will be my last, so please let's make it bigger and better than ever. And this year let's truly celebrate the breadth of diversity across the global MedComms community. Diversity in all its forms.

    Stay safe and well, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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