The 16 streams went well, with 143 presentations. The new Machine Learning stream and also the Machine Learning Hands-on Workshop attracted many people. The content ranged from introductory presentations to presentations covering real business use cases such as data mapping or missing data handling. The Machine Learning Hands-on Workshop was much appreciated as it was very interactive. The participants programmed a machine learning algorithm with learning by doing.
The new Analytical-based Risk Monitoring was also well received. The most successful stream this year was Data Standards and Governance, which is traditionally the main working field for most of our PhUSE community participants. The room was filled with more than 150 people. We need close collaboration and experience sharing to best prepare for future requirements and possibilities. The 660 participants seemed to enjoy the variety and mixture of topics and presentations.
The Poster session was not only on Sunday, directly before the welcome event, but additionally on Tuesday during the lunch break. This second Poster session was very welcomed. The posters had been accessible throughout the conference and the pictures of the presenters were available, too. Having a chance to catch up with a poster presenter after ample time to look at the posters was much appreciated during the second poster session on Tuesday.
The welcome event and the Monday night dinner also ran very well. People mingled and discussed various topics. It’s nice to see old colleagues meeting with colleagues from different companies and getting to know new people. The PhUSE atmosphere is always relaxed and warm, which invites networking and discussions.
Organising such a huge event consists of many tasks. As an EU Connect Chair, it is not too much work as the administration and organisation is done by others. The Connect Chair can focus on the content and layout. The venue, social events, catering, exhibitors, sponsors, registrations and much more is already taken care of by the PhUSE Office and special members.
The most important task is setting up a Committee, which you guide through the process of paper submission and paper selection, and, finally, leading the streams. This Committee – made up of 39 lovely volunteers – manages the single streams and this includes all presenter communication, collection of papers and information and finally running the streams at the conference.
There is a core planning team of six people where, alongside the Chair and Co-Chair, experienced colleagues are available to discuss and decide the foundations of the Connect, discuss feedback and issues and bring in new ideas. New streams are born and unsuccessful streams fade away; different formats come and go. It’s likely the successful second Poster session will stay. It’s time now for Michael to take over and model the next Connect.
I want to give a big thank you to all involved! Very special thanks go to the PhUSE Office. They are hidden in the background and manage a huge number of tasks. Thanks to the Planning Committee, which discussed back and forth changes to the framework of the conference. Thanks to the Connect Committee for their hard work in engaging people, selecting papers and running the streams. Thanks also to all the presenters and performers, who shared their experiences, concepts and viewpoints. Thanks to the sponsors and exhibitors – without whom PhUSE would not be able to run the Connects. And thanks also to the very special keynotes, which were truly amazing.
I admire the huge engagement from all involved. Most delegates are supported by their companies, which understand the huge importance of sharing and collaborating. In our technical clinical area, in particular, we can share experiences, processes and principles to prepare for the future. I think, after this conference, we are even more prepared to face the challenges of the future; in this sense, Future Forward!