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    MedComms Networking - 26 April 2016


    Many thanks to Altmetric for organising and hosting last week's meeting in London, Research with results: tracking engagement for medcomms and pharma. The summary report and presentation slides are now freely available at the Altmetric Blog. It was particularly interesting to see real-time visualisations of Altmetrics data being generated and the demos of future developments. If you want to know more, contact Ben McLeish on email We had some great discussions in the room and once again the meetoo app from Lumi proved useful in encouraging many in the audience to text in their comments and questions. Once again it's notable the majority in the room logged in to the app and participated in the polls, which confirmed my view we're now beyond the tipping point for such activities. I'm now using the meetoo app at all MedComms Networking events this year and by the end of the year I'm hope everyone in the room will arrive prepared and ready to join in! We even had a useful amount of tweeting happening using our usual hashtag, #medcomms. It's still not the most active of hashtags (hey, we're only communications specialists!) but do keep an eye on it as it's definitely slowly gathering momentum.

    I'm very keen on the idea of extending the discussion from any meeting well beyond the meeting room itself. It's a simple fact that most people can't get to an event for many reasons. Also, any event by definition represents a snapshot in time whereas the discussions should be ongoing. Len Starnes published an article yesterday at pharmaphorum which is well worth reading; Pharma's virtual conferencing roadmap.

    Following that line of thought, and whilst there's clearly a limit to what I can do with the resources I have, I'm looking forward to our new Brunch Club meetings, starting next week here in Oxford (the first Wednesday of every month (except when it isn't!)). First, the main point of the Brunch Club is to generate useful relevant webcasts that anyone, anywhere in the world can access for free, anytime. Hopefully we'll reach places we haven't reached before. Second, I particularly like an idea we're embracing from the start, whereby we report on relevant events that most of us can't attend. Hence we start next week by including reviews of this month's 12th Annual meeting of ISMPP. At the next Brunch Club on 1 June, all being well we'll hear highlights of the 42nd EMWA Conference in Munich and then on 6 July we'll hear what we missed if we didn't get to the 13th EASE Conference in Strasburg. In each case we'll finalise the programme close to the event to ensure the most timely content but I reckon we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. Anyone can join us for a useful opportunity to quiz the speakers directly so make a diary date and sign up in the usual way simply by pinging me an email.

    Have a good week everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
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