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Munich: A report on EMWA's record-breaking conference

The 42nd EMWA conference might have ended but the memories live on. What a record-breaking conference it was! Some 419 participants enjoyed a short stay in picturesque Munich, the main city of Bavaria, Germany. The delegates were mostly drawn from Germany and the UK, but some also came from as far away as Argentina, Australia, China, India, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, the US, Lebanon and Israel! They chose what to attend from a total of 50 workshops—34 at foundation and 16 at advanced level. Of these, 15 workshops were completely full.

At the opening session, Beatrix Dörr, EMWA's PR Officer, gave a great insight into the region with a talk titled Servus Bavaria: The Land of Beer, Crazy Kings and Medical Writers. She was followed by an invited speaker, Stefanie Weber from the Audi Accident Research Unit, who gave a stimulating talk on how it is possible to learn from road accidents by integrating technical, medical and psychological perspectives.

EMWA is always working hard to make the conference experience as rich as possible. New medical writers were particularly well served this year with two new features that look set to become staples at future conferences. The first-ever internship forum attracted over 50 participants and was a matching exercise par excellence. Medical writers seeking internships had the unique opportunity to present themselves to companies open to taking on internees. Allied to this, a new seminar by Philip Leventhal, the Editor-in-Chief of EMWA's Medical Writing journal, imparted many valuable tips in his talk, Getting Your Foot in the Door: How to Build Experience to get a First Medical Writing Job. There was also a stimulating poster session in the exhibition area during the duration of the conference.

For more experienced medical writers there was also an array of offerings to avail of. The six Expert Seminars presented as part of EMWA’s second Expert Seminar Series (ESS) were suited to senior and experienced medical writers. International experts held lectures with either a panel or participant discussion or demonstration on topics including automated authoring systems, building medical writing teams in the Far East and India, and how transparency and disclosure initiatives will impact clinical document structures.

The Symposium Day, entitled Scientific and Medical Communication Today focused on the ever-changing field of medical communications, and the importance of medical writers as medical communicators. Read Amy Whereat 's personal impression of this event at the end of this article.

The Pharmacovigilance Special Interest Group (PV SIG) gave an interesting update on where the group now stands. The CORE Reference team also held an open session. Since the CORE Reference launched open access on 03 May 2016, resources are available at the dedicated website: www.core-reference.org. EMWA also launched the Regulatory Public Disclosure SIG (RPD SIG), as a natural follow-up to CORE Reference at the conference.

At the Annual Meeting we said goodbye to outgoing EMWA President Sam Hamilton who drove many initiatives in the course of her time on the Executive Committee. Alison Rapley is the new EMWA President, supported by Abe Shevack as Vice-President. Education Officer Barbara Grossman also stepped down from her role and will be sorely missed. Marian Hodges will step into Barbara's shoes on the EMWA Executive Committee. Slavka Baronikova was re-elected as Conference Director for another two years and we congratulate her on her success.

Of course, EMWA conferences are also about networking, meeting old friends and making new ones. Apart from during the coffee and lunch breaks, the organised events are a great way for delegates to mingle. All of the social events were fully booked. The outdoor events such as the walking tour and bike ride were all a great success, despite the inclement weather. Over 150 people signed up for the Bavarian spring dinner and dance which showcased many elements of Bavarian culture.

Many thanks to everyone who attended—delegates, exhibitors, workshop leaders and invited speakers. You all helped to make Munich 2016 a conference to remember! A special word of thanks is also due to the team at EMWA Head Office who do such great work both behind the scenes and on the front line for every EMWA conference.

Best wishes,
Your EMWA Executive Committee.

Don't miss out on the next EMWA experience! The 43rd EMWA Conference in Brussels, Belgium, will be held from 3-5 November 2016 at The Sheraton Brussels Hotel.


The EMWA Symposium in Munich, a personal perspective

I'd like to congratulate Andreas Rossi, Slavka Baronikova and the organizing committee at EMWA for a sensational symposium. With each speaker, a story unfolded that took us on an intriguing, humorous and emotional journey towards the future of medical communications.

Whether we see ourselves as "medcoms", regulatory writers or translators, I believe many will leave this conference thinking about our readers differently and inspired to go forth and find a way of weaving a story or two into the science we communicate.

Thank you!
Amy Whereat, France.

ICMJE accept EMWA’s comments on their clinical trial data sharing proposals

EMWA’s comments on the ICMJE proposals on clinical trial data sharing, accepted by ICMJE for consideration, are now publicly accessible at: http://www.emwa.org/Documents/EMWA comments-ICMJE proposals-09may16.pdf

Further EMWA contributions to the discussion on this topic can be seen at Retraction Watch (http://retractionwatch.com/2016/01/28/sharing-data-is-a-good-thing-but-we-need-to-consider-the-costs/), on EMWA’s LinkedIn page (https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/2717752-6102832116159049732) and on the LinkedIn page of ‘The Publication Plan’ group (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1886265/1886265-6130063859827957764).

The EMWA-AMWA CORE (Clarity and Openness in Reporting: E3-based) Reference is here:


Read all about it here:


Visit http://www.core-reference.org for:

  • Information
  • Open access resources
  • The launch publication.

Please share this communication as widely as possible with your own networks. Thank you.

Kind regards,
Dr Sam Hamilton

EMWA President and Chair of the CORE Reference Project

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.

Barbara Grossman at the EMWA stand


CORE (Clarity and Openness in Reporting: E3-based) Reference will be available on 03 May 2016. CORE Reference is an open-access resource to support authoring of clinical study reports for interventional studies. The CORE Reference launch marks 2 years of EMWA-AMWA (American Medical Writers Association) joint endeavour.

The 'launch paper' will be published on 03 May 2016 in the BioMed Central journal, Research Integrity and Peer Review. Information, including links to the CORE Reference website and the ‘launch paper’, will be circulated widely on 03 May 2016 in our planned media campaign.

Kind Regards,
Dr Sam Hamilton

EMWA President and Chair of the CORE Reference Project