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European Medical Writers Association (EMWA)
EMWA - the European Medical Writers Association - is a network of more than 1200 professionals that represents, supports and trains medical communicators in more than 40 countries in Europe and beyond. EMWA is a not-for-profit organisation run for its members by its members.
EMWA provides educational and social networking opportunities for its members. It offers a wide variety of interactive medical writing-related half day workshops that cover topics such as:
- writing and English language skills
- design and reporting of clinical trials
- medical writing in drug development
- preparing manuscripts for publication
- statistics for medical writers
- medical science and pharmacology
EMWA`s 2 conferences each year, held in a different European city each May and November, provide a wonderful opportunity for networking and strengthening writing skills through the workshops. Conferences also give participants the chance to attend plenary lectures on key topics and expert seminars on the latest developments affecting the medical writing industry. In May 2020, for example, the fields covered by the expert seminars are veterinary safety and pharmacovigilance, regulatory changes in medical devices, highlights in regulatory submissions, and real-world evidence. A 1-day symposium is also held during the May conference; this year, the topic is:
Research Integrity & The Medical Communicator
What We Do When No One Is Watching
Representatives from the pharmaceutical industry and medical communications agencies will join researchers, journalists, and journal publishers to explore the challenging topic of research integrity, which is at the core of the research endeavour. This is the basis for researchers` trust in each other, in the research record and, equally importantly, society`s trust in research.
At the symposium, we will address the mounting concern over research transparency and reproducibility, as well as its public disclosure and how researchers, funders and journals need to work together to deliver practical solutions. We will also explore the important role of medical communicators and publication planners in research integrity.
The invited speakers for the symposium as well as the expert seminars are top specialists in their field.
For new medical writers and people thinking of joining the profession, there is a free seminar at each conference giving an introduction to medical writing.
The backbone of both conferences each year is the workshop offering. Participation in the workshops allows EMWA members to build up professional development credits, a valuable addition to a CV. EMWA provides high quality training by instructors with years of experience. The workshops offered are selected carefully by EMWA`s Education Committee; before being offered, workshop material is checked and workshop leaders are mentored as necessary. On an ongoing basis, all workshops are adjudicated by participants to verify their quality and usefulness.
EMWA tries to cater to a broad audience of writers, through constantly tailoring and expanding workshops to meet the needs of members. Monthly webinars also provide EMWA members with an opportunity to enhance their professional development.
The professional benefits of EMWA membership are accompanied by the personal benefit of having the chance to meet and make lasting friendships with people who share common interests. In addition to this, EMWA members receive the organisation's official journal, `Medical Writing', four times a year.
If you are a biomedical communicator, whether just starting out or a veteran of many years, have a look at: www.emwa.org
The 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. You can also access some incredibly useful resources on the website.
EMWA will celebrate its 50th conference in Prague this year (05-09 May 2020) and understands well the challenges facing medical communicators who are looking for ways to continue their professional development.
To all who have read this far (!), whether you are an experienced medical writer, relatively new to medical writing or considering moving into this area, enjoy this MediWeek 2020 event.
I wish you every success and hope to see you at the EMWA stand at MediWeek 2020 or perhaps at an upcoming EMWA conference.
Barbara Grossman, EMWA President
0044 1625 664534