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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 The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.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 - 14 February 2017


    As I wrote last week, March will be busy! Details of all we're planning are kept bang up-to-date at and please, if you've any questions or see any problems at all (including errors and typos!) give me a shout. I'm always happy to chat about ideas for what more we can do - and how we do it - as well.

    As an aside, remember our free MedComms App makes it easy to check the calendar of events and much more as you move around.

    So, importantly and alongside everything else in March:

    1 - we're gathering a group of editorial types from the MedComms agencies at the Institute of Directors in London on 15 March for a roundtable discussion with the team from Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). I'm assuming space for this one will go quickly so if you want to join us sign up soon

    2 - we're running a series of four Lunch and Learns with Concise, to discuss use of tech at industry meetings and the challenges of audience engagement. Two meetings are in the UK (2 March in Oxford and 21 March in Macclesfield) but we're also using this to kick-start some activity in New York on 16 March and San Francisco on 21 March. Please spread the word amongst your colleagues and contacts in the US and let's start to develop more MedComms Networking activity there as we've done elsewhere.

    It seems to me at least, that we all need to stay realistic about the magic that tech can bring to a meeting room. To rip off someone else's phrase about where the problems are, "it's the people, stupid!" On a closely related note did you see this article last week from Manu Field, Social Media Strategy Leader at Roche, One thing all Pharma communicators should consider (not) doing in 2017? Manu reflects on signs of an unhealthy obsession with achieving "share of voice" during medical congresses.

    I try hard here, one way or another, to share news of what other people and organisations do that are relevant to this community; here in the newsletter, by Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and so on. Please do send me your own news.

    Here are some random examples I've been told about this week;

  • the EQUATOR summer Publication School - they say, "this lively and practical course is designed to build your skills and confidence to achieve success in planning, writing, publishing, and disseminating your research through traditional journals and other publication and media channels." Early bird rates until 28 February.
  • the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) internship forum - this is an ongoing initiative but the next face-face activity will be at their next conference in Birmingham in May, which I hope to participate in.
  • the Digital Science Catalyst Grant - these are the guys behind Altmetric and they're keen to support innovative research software ideas to help further scientific research. Any ideas how to spend their money? Deadline 30 June 2017.

  • Enjoy your week, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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