EMWA is the European Medical Writers Association, a network of professionals that represents, supports and trains medical communicators in Europe. It is a not for profit organisation that is run for its members by its members.

This website offers access to EMWA's journal Medical Writing, as well as our Freelancer and Company listing and our Jobs page advertising vacancies for both freelance and in-house medical writers and editors. If you would like more information about how to sign up to the freelancer or company list, or how to advertise your job vacancies on this website, please contact info@emwa.org.


Registration now open for the 38th EMWA Conference

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 38th EMWA Conference which will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Budapest, Hungary from 13–17 May 2014.

In addition to its unique programme of educational credit workshops, seminars and discussions covering all aspects of medical writing, the conference this spring incorporates a one-day symposium entitled Transparency of clinical trial data – where do medical writers fit in? on 15 May 2014.

For a full conference programme and a summary of the symposium content and speakers, click here.

Please click here to register and follow the instructions.

If you cannot remember your username and password for this database, please click on the “Find an existing account.” link and follow the onscreen instructions. The site also features an online conference planner to help you choose what to attend.

Non-members are welcome to attend the symposium. Click here to register.

Book before the 14th April 2014 to benefit from the early bird discount and to secure the workshop places of your choice!

Don’t forget, if you register for any credit workshops, you will need to download the pre-workshop assignment from the EMWA website.

The EMWA Conference App will be released in the coming weeks – look out for it!

Please spread the word about the conference among your colleagues and friends who may be interested in attending.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 38th EMWA Conference in Budapest.



2nd EMWA Symposium: “Transparency of clinical trial data – Where do medical writers fit in?”

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that we have now finalised the programme for the 2nd EMWA Symposium on “Transparency of clinical trial data – Where do medical writers fit in?” which will take place on 15th May 2014 as part of the 38th EMWA Conference from 13–17 May 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in Budapest. Click here for a copy of the programme. We would like to ask you to pass it on to any colleagues who may be interested.

We are delighted to have been able to secure representatives of The European Medicines Agency, The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, The Centre for Patient Leadership, the pharmaceutical industry, and experienced medical writers as speakers and panellists for what promises to be a key event in the medical writer’s calendar for 2014.

If you have registered – or intend to register – for the whole conference, attendance at the Symposium is included in the registration fee for the Conference. You can, however, choose to register only for the Symposium and other individual days. Non-members are welcome to attend the Symposium.

Click here for a full programme of the Conference.

For details of how to register for the Conference and the Symposium, please use the links below:

For Conference registration please click here

Non-members - please register for the Symposium here

Early bird registration for the Conference – which offers considerable savings on the standard registration fee – expires on 13 April 2014. Workshop spaces are limited and several workshops are already full or nearly full.

We look forward to welcoming you in Budapest.

Alistair Reeves

Conference Director



EMWA Webinar: How to write a highly-effective CV for the freelance / contract market

EMWA is proud to announce its first online seminar, organised in collaboration with The CV & Interview Advisors.

Presenter Matt Craven says: ‘Let's face it, most people struggle with the concept of writing a CV regardless of their profession or career direction; not least Contractors / Freelancers who have a whole portfolio of assignments to somehow capture in their CV. Then we have the fact that the current job market is fiercely competitive and a list-based CV devoid of evidence will just not do. You want to provide potential clients with something that will compel them to take an interest in your talents.’

We would like to invite you to a FREE one-hour online webinar on Tuesday 8th April or Thursday 10th April all about writing an authoritative CV for the contract / freelance market. This is much more than a boring top ten tips session and will cover the latest thinking around this important topic.

Matt Craven, a UK authority on contractor / freelance CVs, will be delivering this webinar for us on Tuesday, and his colleague Alistair Morris on Thursday. These sessions have been described as "outstanding" and "truly inspirational".

In this fast-paced and engaging webinar you will learn about:

-The 2 most successful formats for contractor / freelance CVs

-The highly effective 'alternative' case study portfolio format

-How to align your CV with the hot skills in your market

-How to transform your CV into a powerful business case

-How to harness the power of case studies in your CV

-How to create an effective Professional Summary / Elevator Pitch

Previous participants said: "I thought I'd share with you the good news that I have successfully secured an offer at a Big Four consulting firm. I would also like to commend you on the "exceptionally strong CV" you provided as one interviewer put it."

"I have some very good news - I applied for a position, one of two ideal positions for me which I discussed with you at the early stage of my CV preparation, and I received a phone call from their central resourcing unit this morning informing me that I have been short-listed for interview. Once again thank you so much for all your help!"

Please use these links to register for either event. You will need to be an EMWA member in order to join and will be asked to provide your EMWA membership number:

Tue 8th April (7.15pm, UK time): https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8771324680001048834

Thu 10th April (7.15pm, UK time): https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1888586399286149890

We hope you enjoy this initiative!



Barcelona conference report

We knew that the Fira Palace Hotel in Barcelona would be a prime site for the 37th EMWA Conference this autumn when we inspected it 18 months ago. In a great location in the trade-fair area overlooked by the National Museum of Catalan Art and the Montjuich Park, it is easy to get to from the airport and is near enough to the city centre not to feel ‘out in the sticks’.

And our programme and this location attracted a record number of delegates, including guests from the European Medicines Agency, Spanish Medical Writers Association, Tremèdica and the Mediterranean Editors and Translators. Almost half of the delegates were first time conference delegates, almost half of the workshops were full, and another quarter almost full. More than 150 delegates attended a presentation by EMA and our networking event on the first evening.

Our autumn event is focussed on attending workshops to gain EMWA Professional Development Programme certificates. This was the first autumn event to make this easier for delegates in four workshop sessions rather than the previous three. Workshop timing was also brought forward to give more time for early evening events, including the traditional Freelance Business Forum with more than 70 attendees this autumn. Our post-conference survey will see how these changes were received by delegates. We expect the response to be positive, and we shall be implementing similar changes at our 38th conference in Budapest from 13-17 May 2014.

None of this would be able to happen without our fantastic association management organisation, Kingston Smith, based in the UK, who ensured that this conference, like our past few, was run professionally and smoothly.

The Budapest programme will be available in early January 2014.

We look forward to welcoming you there!

Alistair Reeves

Conference Director

on behalf of the EMWA Executive Committee.



Changes to the EMWA Social Media Team

Dear EMWA members,

We would like to thank Leyna Prince, who has managed the EMWA LinkedIn discussion group for many years now and has decided to step down. She has done a great job and we have all appreciated her commitment very much.

We would also like to welcome two new members to the team:

Maria Kołtowska-Häggström, who will be in charge of the EMWA LinkedIn discussion group.

Maria Kołtowska-Häggström, MD, PhD, is a paediatrician and independent consultant affiliated to the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. She is also the medical director at Proper Medical Writing in Warsaw, Poland. She has 22 years of experience at global senior positions in the pharmaceutical industry on both the medical and marketing sides of the business. Maria has been a leading member of numerous research groups that resulted in more than 60 peer-reviewed publications.

Julianne Chaccour, who will be in charge of the EMWA Twitter account.

Julie Chaccour is a freelance medical writer with a background as a cell biologist and immunologist currently based in Pamplona, Spain. She has previously worked in research in Germany, the UK and Venezuela. She joined EMWA in 2012 and will support the social media team on Twitter.

We also want to thank Karin Eichele, who is in charge of the EMWA Facebook account. The Facebook page has gone from 300 followers in early May 2013 to almost 600 by the end of November the same year!

Finally, if you are not following EMWA on social media, we warmly encourage you to do so as it is a great means to stay in contact with EMWA colleagues, follow up on interesting discussions, and be updated on upcoming news.

Laura C. Collada Ali

EMWA’s PR Officer


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