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  • This online event is free of charge for anyone who works in or around MedComms (medical education, medical communications and medical publishing), or anyone who would like to learn more about the MedComms business. Everyone is welcome.


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    MedComms Forum
    Disrupted events: what's happening in #MedComms practice?

    The past few weeks have seen disruption of events on unprecedented levels. Join us for this special, extended, free #MedComms webinar. Five sessions, each starting on the hour and lasting for 45 minutes. Come and go as you like, join us for a part or the whole. Ask questions. Share your own thoughts and experiences. We hope to provide valuable, practical insights and stimulate wider debate across the MedComms business arena.

    Date: 10.00-16.00 UK time, 15 July 2020

    Venue: Global

    PROGRAMME (all times shown as UK times, ie BST)

    10.00 Session 1

    The medical conference is dead, long live the medical conference. REDUX Presentation and Q&A with Len Starnes (Digital healthcare consultant)

    The world of physical medical conferences has been radically disrupted by the coronavirus in the space of just a few months. Len will explore what this means for doctors, medical societies, and patients, and will identify significant underlying change drivers. Additionally, he will explore some of the possible long-term implications.

    11.00 Session 2

    Bring on the patients! Panel discussion with Trishna Bharadia (Patient Advocate), Richard Stephens (Patient Advocate), Tessa Richards (BMJ Publishing Group) and Steven Walker (Founder of The European Health Innovation Collaborative (EuHIC) and Director, St Gilesmedical)

    Over recent years, much effort has centred on inviting the patient voice into the discussions at medical and industry events. Could the dramatic shift towards a focus on virtual events herald a significant opportunity for more patients to get involved in more of those discussions, directly from home?

    12.00 Session 3

    Effective engagement of congress delegates in a disrupted world Presentation and industry panel, with Sam Barnes (AXON Communications), Matthew Saunders (Tangent 90) and Nick Trout (Tangent 90)

    The accelerated move to virtual scientific congresses has significantly disrupted traditional pharma delegate touchpoints such as the poster hall presentation and the exhibition booth. We'll explore the changing nature of engagements at events around the exchange of scientific content with delegates and the impact technology can bring to effective engagement, sharing and compliant distribution of the science.

    13.00 LUNCH BREAK

    14.00 Session 4

    Virtual meetings - top trends, tips and lessons learned Presentation and industry panel, with Katherine Baria (AstraZeneca), Johanna Dixon (McCann Health Medical Communications), Ged Forshaw (APS) and Orla Weir (McCann Health Medical Communications)

    We'll offer practical tips on how to deliver virtual meetings, with a focus on the advisory board settings and meetings where external experts and HCPs are involved. Highlighting key considerations (format, timing, length, technology etc.), questions to always ask, common pitfalls, lessons learnt etc. We will also touch on the high-end delivery of customer-focused content i.e. doing normal business meetings is easy, but what about when it has to be really high quality?

    15.00 Session 5

    Face-to-face events - what might a new normal look like? Panel discussion with Stephane Dazet (European Association for the Study of the Liver), Mark Handforth (3Sixty Event Consulting), Alex Morris (Chartered Psychologist, a Chartered Scientist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society) and Andrew Winterburn (3Sixty Event Consulting)

    There's been a rush to transform face-to-face event into virtual events. Does that mean the face to face meeting is essentially dead? That's calling for a paradigm shift in the way humans behave and like to interact. Is the future more about blended formats? If so, what are the additional practical complexities? How do venues accommodate physical distancing needs? How might those business models look?

    16.00 Wrap up

    To make sure you're included in announcements about future events just email Peter Llewellyn, if you haven't already done so, to register your interest.


    This online event is free of charge for anyone who works in or around MedComms (medical education, medical communications and medical publishing), or anyone who would like to learn more about the MedComms business. Everyone is welcome.


    Any problems, contact Peter Llewellyn

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