The Hague 2015 - The BelAir Hotel
5th - 7th November 2015

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The 41st EMWA conference began on Thursday, 4 November 2015, and concluded on the following Saturday in The Hague, the Netherlands. The conference delegates, over 200 in total, packed a lot into a couple of days in this charming Dutch city. The opening event included a demonstration of the EMWA website's features and was crowned by two very interesting presentations. The first, by Arjen Van Willigenburg, gave EMWA members a taste of life in the Netherlands past, present and future. He was followed by Nathalie Roussel who gave a stimulating overview of low back pain.

In addition to the 7 advanced and 19 foundation workshops which ran from Thursday to Saturday, delegates were able to attend many other events such as the popular ‘Introduction to Medical Writing’ talk. A record number of non-delegates attended this event, demonstrating the interest that is out there for medical writing.

Other sessions highlighted how EMWA is influencing the industry through two special projects:

• The CORE (Clarity and Openness in reporting: E3-based) Reference project, now in its second year
• The new Pharmacovigilance Special Interest Group (PV SIG) which launched in the summer of 2015.

The conference also hosted the first-ever EMWA sponsored lunch seminar from EMWA's Gold Corporate Partner, inScience Communications, on Publication Planning and Medical Writing – Global Perspectives and Local Challenges in Achieving Common Standards Worldwide. See picture below. EMWA's Silver Corporate Partner, the Envision Pharma Group, was also present at the conference as were several other valued sponsors from industry.

Many EMWA freelancer members came to the dynamic Freelance Business Forum where Sam Hamilton, Alistair Reeves and Kathryn White officially stepped down from their roles. We thank them for their work on behalf of EMWA freelancers over the years.

As if all this wasn't enough, every day started with an easy morning yoga session and ended with several social options.

All in all, this was a very memorable autumn conference.

We are looking forward to welcoming both old and new friends to the next EMWA conference to be held in Munich, Germany, from 10-14 May 2016.