Spreading the word – EMWA's presence at the CTrials conference
The European Medical Writers Association is aware that there are still medical writers in Europe and beyond who are not aware of the many advantages that membership brings. EMWA already reaches out to further the organisation, and by extension the medical writing profession, by taking stands at career fairs, giving talks at various conferences and so on.
In a new departure, EMWA took a stand at the CTrials conference in Tel Aviv in April 2016. This conference is organized by The Israeli Association for the Advancement of the Biomedical Research Community and covers hot topics in the field of clinical trials. Two members of the EMWA Executive Committee, Barbara Grossman, a fluent Hebrew speaker, and Diarmuid De Faoite voluntarily manned the stand during the conference. Approximately 400 people attended the CTrials conference and more than half of them visited the EMWA stand to find out more about what EMWA has to offer. A targeted follow-up email was sent to all those who registered their interest.
EMWA was also invited to give a 20 minute talk to the conference attendees and Diarmuid De Faoite gave a well-received presentation on Important Documents in Clinical Research. Of course, EMWA already has members in Israel and we are indebted to Sharon Furman-Assaf and Miriam Aghassi-Ippen for their help in making this event such a success.
The EMWA Executive Committee will carefully assess the impact of this initiative with a view to further expanding the organisation's scope of actions.