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    Every Tuesday we send out the MedComms Networking email newsletter to subscribers. It includes brief commentary on what we're doing and planning, and highlights relevant news to encourage sharing of information, experiences and ideas and to stimulate discussion. The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.

    MedComms Networking - 13 February 2018


    Last Wednesday we ran another Brunch Club meeting in Oxford. Members of the team from Aspire Scientific summarised proceedings of last month's 2018 European meeting of the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP). This is the team behind The Publication Plan, a valuable news service for anyone working with publications (full disclosure - I started some years ago. Aspire took it over and now do something far more useful than I ever could!).

    The three webcasts are all freely available, to anyone anywhere:

  • ISMPP European Meeting 2018: Conference summary (day 1) featuring Rick Flemming
  • ISMPP European Meeting 2018: Conference summary (day 2) featuring Duncan Campbell
  • ISMPP European Meeting 2018: Conference summary (posters) featuring Hannah Mace

  • You'll also find written articles summarising ISMPP's meeting at The Publication Plan.

    By the way, if you work in publications, ISMPP have just announced their first event on the West Coast of the USA in San Diego, California will be 11-12 October 2018. Watch this space.

    Meanwhile, last Thursday we ran a trial workshop in London for wannabe medical writers, Writing skills for medical writers: what MedComms agencies expect. The workshop was led by John Dixon, hosted by Media Contacts and supported by the Sponsors of We'd sold out within 72 hours of announcing it, a while ago, so we were confident we were doing something useful, and on the day it proved a great success. The crucial question now, though, is will it help the attendees get their first job in MedComms? Time will tell. We look forward to finding out. Meanwhile we'll certainly run more such events. So watch this space.

    Then last Friday we held a training session in preparation for our upcoming 3rd MedComms Networking Virtual Event, Digital features in medical publications: Where are we now?.

    [Today's free tip: never underestimate the value of preparation for virtual events!]

    On 1 March, Caroline Halford of Springer Healthcare will talk about perceptions and experiences of digital features to accompany medical publications, readership trends in medical publishing, Adis's experience of digital features, metrics, and how to maximise return on investment. Cliff Wyatt of HC21 Group, Debbie Wolinsky of Novartis and Daniel Portsmouth of Boehringer Ingelheim will form the panel and the emphasis will be on encouraging the audience to ask questions and share their own experiences. Join us, from wherever in the world you are. If you can, get some cake in and gather your colleagues together and join as a group. These virtual events are free of charge thanks to support from Blue Sky eLearn. Nearly 100 attendees have signed up already and there's no limit to numbers. So join in and please tell all relevant others.

    To get a flavour, watch Caroline talking about Use of social media (and digital features) to maximise the impact of your research at She's nearly got 1,000 views of her webcast - let's push her past the magic number!

    It was a good week last week. Let's hope this one is, too.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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