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    MedComms Networking - 27 June 2017


    We're nearly fully booked for our first virtual MedComms event, tomorrow. The one about... virtual events. If you are signed up already I'm hoping some of you at least are gathering colleagues and bringing cake, or your favourite chocolate biscuits, to then use the online event as the basis for team discussions about how you can make use of the specialist advice and insights you picked up. Or simply to argue over what you agree or disagree with! If you can't join us tomorrow, the recording will be freely available afterwards, for everyone everywhere. My thanks to everyone at Blue Sky eLearn for hosting the event and to the US-based panellists for participating, especially as it's a very early start in some of their days!

    In a similar vein, I'm delighted to confirm we've now fixed the time for an important free webinar to be run next Thursday, 6 July, by Brian Goode and his team at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). Following an initial roundtable meeting of MedComms specialists back in March, CCC and MedComms Networking then hosted another roundtable on 24 May in London when we were joined by prominent publishers of scientific, technical and medical content. The purpose was for attendees to share and discuss their needs with respect to the use of copyrighted content by today's MedComms agencies, and to consider potential solutions. Please join us for this open invitation webinar, which will provide a readout of the event's discussions, a description of planned next steps and an invitation to further collaborate with CCC in building better solutions.

    Whether or not you join us online on the day, or access the recordings afterwards, I'm keen to hear your thoughts on how useful - or not - such virtual event formats might be for our MedComms community activity. Is it worth us doing more? How would you do them differently?

    Personally I can't see how face-to-face meetings in real life won't always be the best option - assuming I've the time and money (and the invitation) to attend. But often I have "none of the above" and virtual meeting formats and online delivery of content clearly offer all sorts of benefits. But there are still many challenges and hopefully we can discuss these openly and honestly while exploring these formats in our MedComms Networking events, which will then help you think about and make better use of such services and events for yourselves and your own clients.

    So, if you can join us in Oxford earlier on 6 July, for our next Brunch Club meeting, please do so. We'll film the talks for our library of webinars but, as I say, nothing beats meeting the speakers face-to-face.

    Finally, here's something to read during your next tea break, with cake of course. Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? by Stephen Buranyi is well worth 'the long read' in The Guardian today, for many reasons.

    Enjoy your week. Hopefully with lots of cake.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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