With a program that harmonized with its meeting theme – Scientific Communications in a Fast-Paced World: Fighting Fit for the Future, the 2019 European Meeting of ISMPP offered a forward-thinking experience for meeting attendees, who are now fit for their future in the profession. Held January 22-23, 2019, in London, UK, the meeting topped 300 attendees, similar to last year’s participation.

From open access to artificial intelligence to publication integrity to the latest news and views, the meeting provided a wealth of opportunities to get up to speed and think ahead about trends in medical publications and scientific communications. Join the ISMPP U webinar on February 27, 2019, to hear highlights of the European Meeting.

ISMPP U Webinar
Highlights of the 2019 European Meeting of ISMPP
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
11 am EST, 4 pm in UK

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Keynote Addresses

  • Co-presenters for the Day 1 Keynote ‒ David Sweeney, Executive Chair of Research England, and Claire Moulton, Publisher at The Company of Biologists ‒ debated the benefits and challenges of funding, implementing, and delivering the Plan S model to achieve open access of scholarly publishing in Europe by 2020.
  • Simon Fry, Digital Product Development Director at Springer Healthcare, delivered the Day 2 Keynote exploring the increasing role of artificial intelligence (AI) in our society and AI’s anticipated advances in health care, medical publications, and scientific communications.

Plenary Sessions

  • Harnessing the Power of Evidence in a Data-led Future ‒ Expert panel members shared insights on progressing “big data” into meaningful content and examined the evolving regulatory environment and new requirements for data sharing and transparency.
  • Boxing Clever: The Expanding Role of the Publication Professional ‒ This session addressed trends in how health care professionals access publications and offered advice to medical publication professionals on how to maximize the value of publications they generate for health care professionals, payers, and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Maintaining Our Core Strength: Driving Publication Integrity through Leadership ‒ A cross-section of panelists discussed current guidance that helps shape publication integrity; their viewpoints on author expectations, data transparency, and patient/caregiver engagement; and the role of ISMPP in driving and ensuring integrity.
  • Staying Ahead of the Game: News, Views, and Controversies An interactive panel engaged in a lively discussion of “fake news” and “fake science,” and reinforced the importance of integrity in communicating scientific data and how these communications can shape individual views and public policy.

Parallel Tracks

  • Early Rise Evidence Boot Camp – Addressed the importance of early involvement of cross-functional teams in publication planning.
  • Innovations in Data Publishing: Hitting the Ground Running and Making Each Step Count – Presented practical examples on how to optimize the submission/publication process, how audiences may need information to be presented in different ways to ensure effective communication, and what newer innovations are available at conferences.
  • Leveraging Medical DataWays to Maximize Impact for the Long Run – Explored current trends and transparency in peer review, issues related to preprint servers, and how developing technologies ‒ like blockchain ‒ impact our industry.

Roundtable Discussions

The roundtable session featured six new topics: Aligning Perspectives on Review Articles, Considerations for Patient Engagement, Country-Level Publications, GDPR: Working in Harmony, Plain Language Summaries, and Publishing on Specialist Areas (Vaccines and Rare Diseases).

The Training Zone

Now in its third year, The Training Zone for professionals new to publication planning was held in a different format, as a satellite session prior to the meeting. Led by senior ISMPP members, the session included a mix of presentations, informative work-mat exercises, and lively group discussions.

Member Research

Member research was a focus of the 2019 European Meeting. There were 26 posters presented at the meeting, with all member research on display during the Poster Presentations & Networking Reception, sponsored by Shire. A new addition this year was a “Power Walk,” a guided tour of select “hot topics” posters.

The following presentations were spotlighted during a Speed Research session:

  • Is pharmaceutical industry research posted as preprints?
    Heather Lang, Tim Koder, Christopher C Winchester
  • Evaluation of plain-language summaries (PLS): optimising readability and format
    Leia Martínez Silvagnoli, Jason Gardner, Caroline Shepherd, James Pritchett
  • Evaluation of data reporting in real-world publications in clinical versus health economic journals
    Alaina Mitsch, Jason McDonough, Kimberly Brooks, Erin Brant, Anisha Mehra

The following posters received awards at the meeting:

  • Best Original Research: Developing plain language summaries of scientific congress abstracts – with patients, for patients: a feasibility study
    Dheepa Chari, Karen Woolley, Lauri Arnstein, Margaret Gordon, Simon Stones, Anne Clare Wadsworth, Roslyn Schneider, David A Montgomery
  • Most Reflective of Meeting Theme: Where are biomedical research plain-language summaries (PLS)?
    Hannah FitzGibbon, Karen King, Ray Magee, Claudia Piano, Carol Wilk, Mary Gaskarth

Liz Wager receives a plaque from Chris Winchester, chair of the ISMPP Board of Trustees, recognizing her contributions to the medical publications profession, including Good Publication Practice (GPP).

In honor of the esteemed faculty at the 2019 European Meeting, ISMPP provided a charitable donation to EURORDIS – Rare Diseases Europe.

Learn More

Additional opportunities exist to gain awareness of the 2019 European Meeting’s sessions and activities.

  • 2019 European Meeting Archive is available in the Member Center on ISMPP’s website, which contains session slides and member posters for personal, non-commercial use.
  • The Publication Plan has posted article summaries of Day 1 and Day 2 of the European Meeting on its website.

Thank You to Our Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Committee Members!

ISMPP expresses its heartfelt thanks to our exhibitors, sponsors, media partner, and event app partner.

ISMPP offers its sincere appreciation to the 2019 EU Programme Committee for its hard work and dedication.


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