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MedComms Networking - 28 November 2023
If, like me, you tend to arrange your activities somewhat last minute, then you can still sign up for today's free webcast from The Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)! Making MedComms project workflows more efficient with Marketplace is today at 10.30 EST (15.30 UK time).
Having said which, my resolution is to think ahead a little more in future. So, unusually for MedComms Networking activity, we have a plan already for 2024!
After next week's traditional end of year Meet the Publishers webinar, I'll take a break and start again in January. I'd love to hear from you if you have any suggestions for topics and/or speakers. Especially if you'd like to volunteer yourself or your colleagues! I'm booking the dates now, so give me a shout ASAP.
Importantly, looking even further ahead, we've declared two important dates in the #MedComms year to add to your diary and to plan around.
#MedComms Day 2024 will be 12 June and we invite everyone, everywhere, to join in. That's our 13th annual celebration of a Day in the Life of #MedComms. How time flies when you're having fun! As always we'll start with the sun rising in New Zealand and finish with it setting over San Francisco. Be as creative as you like and if you plan an activity let me know so I can add it to the list of what will happen at MedCommsDay.com.
And we've just confirmed that our 3rd Annual Working in and around #MedComms event will be back at Heathrow on 30 September. Once again, we'll aim to attract hundreds of entry-level jobseekers and representatives from across our specialist community to attend on the day. Review details of what happened this year, at the NetworkPharma.careers web site.
At the end of next year (are you keeping count?) we reach 18 years of #MedComms Networking activity! Will we make it? Can we expect some celebrations? Some cake? I think so.
Meanwhile, though, tomorrow, Salgo Merin and Shweta Pitre from SIRO Clinpharm will talk about Plain language summaries (PLS) of scientific publications and how they are a vital tool now for bridging the gap between the scientific community and the general public by facilitating the dissemination of scientific knowledge, promoting transparency and improving overall health literacy. Please join us.
And here's a gem for everyone. A lot has changed over these #MedComms years, but when we look back surely one of the more impactful developments has been around the open science movement. Do you remember the publication of Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre? Ben's now the first Bennett Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine and director of the Bennett Institute for Applied Data Science at the University of Oxford. His inaugural lecture was posted online a few days ago. It's well worth watching. Especially for any of the many who attended our #MedComms Networking type events when he joined us for lively discussions. And for anyone who thinks data can be 'beautiful'.
Stay well, everyone. There's lots more coming.
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