What is it about?
There is growing interest for the access to, or adoption of (depending on the side, medicine or industry) new medical technologies, most of them touted to be changing medical practice for good.
This could be true, and we wish it is, as technologies have forever been absorbed by humankind’s cultures and habits, and have contributed to shaping humanity as we know it today, medicine not being an exception (there are actually claims that certain fields, e.g. neurosciences/neurology have only advanced pushed by the availability of new technologies, rather than by flights of human invention).
However, which is quite frustrating, few events offer a true opportunity for the communities of medicine and engineering to blend, understand each other, and contribute to R&D producing meaningful progress, and care adopting it understanding its potential, and its limitations.
Herewith, we propose a 3 day program, especially thought for a junior audience. The mornings of the first two days are conferences, setting shared language and cultural basis for the attending communities, the afternoons are divided in limited (competitive) access hands-on sessions and minicourses. To the attendees not interested in this offer, and to those eventually not being selected among the few allowed to attend the closed events, the conference will continue in the afternoon by following the model of the camp or uncoference, guided by professional facilitators/provokers, in which attendees propose their topics, get voted, and the winning proposal shape the program. This is also the time slot to showcase ones’ own scientific posters, to obtain better informed votes for the two afternoons.
The third day will be fully devoted to scientific co-production, with time and mentorship to draft outlines of interdisciplinary papers, and an opportunity to meet vis-à-vis the senior members of the community for personal mentoring, and research problem solving.
The goal of this event design is to exploit the entire potential of the audience, instead of just a few selected speakers, and triggering interdisciplinary conversations.
Courses and hands-on workshops will be offered by some of the senior attendees, or by sponsor companies’ experts. The relevance of the proposed activities will be vied by the scientific committee, and conflict of interests will be disclaimed to the public at announcement of the content. Furthermore, monitors from the organizing committee will supervise each and every activity of the afternoons, to ensure the adherence to the standards of quality of the promoting organization.
Speakers would include Dr Ogan Gurel (DGIST), Ing Nicola Dragoni (DTU), Mike Martin (University of Newcastle upon Tyne), Dr Maciej Banach (PMMH-RI), Dr Erik Biessen (Maastricht University), …
Enclosed you will find the tentative program of the event:
The EAS (European Atherosclerosis Society) has endorsed the event based on their criteria, see also the enclosed official statement:
There are options to sponsor/donate the event:
There are several opportunities to sponsor- or donate to the event. The goal of the event is to improve medical practices for the greater good. The event offers an opportunity for the communities of medicine and engineering to blend, understand each other, and contribute to R&D producing meaningful progress, and care adopting it understanding its potential, and its limitations.
As a donor or sponsor you can contribute to this in order to make this event an success and truly meaningful to mankind. Depending on the kind of contribution one is also offered the opportunity to give courses- and/or hand on workshops on developments they are working on….an excellent opportunity to show peers what is developed and what opportunities it could bring.
For more information regarding sponsoring/donating, please contact Dr. Marco Manca: