News from iPosterSessions

Building Resilient and Sustainable Public Health Systems in Africa


We just finished up an inspiring week in Maputo, Mozambique for AFENET – our fist assignment in Africa.

The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) in collaboration with Mozambique’s National Institute of Health and the Mozambique Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program organised the 7th AFENET Scientific Conference. Over 400 iPosters were presented around the theme of Building Resilient and Sustainable Public Health Systems in Africa through Field Epidemiology Training.

AFENET was established in 2005 as a non-profit organization and networking alliance of African Field Epidemiology (and Laboratory) Training Programs (FELTPs), and other applied epidemiology training programs.

AFENET is dedicated to helping ministries of Health in Africa build strong, effective, and sustainable programs with capacity to improve public health systems partnering with global public health experts. The network’s goal is to strengthen field epidemiology and public health laboratory capacity to contribute effectively to addressing epidemics and other major public health problems in Africa.


AFENET operates in 31 African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Global High School Research Competition


Each year since 1997, upwards of 10,000 high school students from over 30 countries compete to win the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious youth science awards.

The competition is open to students between 15 and 20 years of age who have conducted water-related projects of proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance. Initial competitions are held at local, regional, state and national levels in each country. The national winners are then invited to World Water Week in Stockholm for the final competition and for the International Award, which is presented by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

 

This year, for the first time, the national winners presented their research and innovations on the iPoster platform. You can view them here.











 

1, 2, 3…100! A record number of iPosterSessions Screens

 

As part of our 5-year contract with the NIH (National institutes of Health) IDeA program, we set up no less than 100 iPoster screens for this year’s national event: NISBRE 2018.

NISBRE stands for the National IDeA Seminar for Biomedical Research Excellence. It is a national scientific meeting to showcase the scientific and training accomplishments of the IDeA program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the NIH. The IDeA program develops scientific centers of excellence and trains biomedical scientists in the 23 IDeA eligible states.

Undergrads, grad students, post-docs and faculty presented their research over the course of three days at the Wardman hotel in Washington DC. It was a great experience for all.


Here’s how it all came together…

 

We are the stuff of stars

 

We just spent 3 wondrous days with the American Astronomical Society and an amazing bunch of scientists working towards understanding the universe and all that lies within… and beyond.

Fatastic iPoster presentations on White Dwarfs, Black Holes, Molecular Clouds, Supernovae, Instrumentation, Education & much more. Awesome is a much overused word, but entirely appropriate in this case.

 

In praise of a colleague

 

We just got back from Hollywood Florida and our first assignment for the Institute for Functional Medicine – a 5 day conference on Solving the Puzzle of Autoimmunity: the Interplay of Gut, Genes, and Environment.

It’s not often that we toot our own horn, but we wanted to share this letter we received from our client, in praise of our colleague, Isak.

We asked her if it was OK to publish and she  said “…yes, feel free to use my name and words on your website. I’m delighted to promote a great service and company!”

Dear Isak,

I wanted to write and tell you what an excellent, excellent job you did for us at the IFM Annual International Conference in Hollywood, Florida. You were prepared, knowledgeable, outgoing and on point for every question and every instance that presented. You were not only engaged in the technology aspects but with the presenters and IFM staff as well.

I so appreciate your willingness to track all of the presenters and get the releases we need for future use of their materials. It made my job much easier. In sum, I’ve never worked with a more competent, professional project manager!

Barbara Callahan Parnell, R.P.
Contract Administrator


Conferencia Científica Regional de las Américas

 

We just returned from Cartagena, Colombia, where we continued our work with TEPHINET – at their 10th Regional Scientific Conference of the Americas.


TEPHINET is the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Intervention Network. Based in Atlanta, they collaborate with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the development of field epidemiology programs and regional networks around the world.


This is our third year of working with TEPHINET, and after assignments in Paraguay, Thailand, and Atlanta, we were back with them in South America.


The conference was organised in collaboration with Instituto Nacional de Salud de Colombia, FETP Colombia, and REDSUR, the South American field epidemiology training program network.


The iPosters – in Spanish and Portuguese – were presented in moderated oral sessions and then on HD interactive screens for browsing and more discussion. There were great presentations by authors from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, and the US.

Three Intensive Days

 

The National Council for Behavioral Health comprises 3,000 member organizations treating 10 million kids, adults and families struggling with mental illnesses and addictions. We’ve had the honor of providing our iPoster system for the second year in a row – this year to their #NatCon18 annual conference in Washington DC. – three intensive days of thought-provoking, uplifting, cautionary, inspiring, pragmatic, compassionate, and memorable iPoster presentations.

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Snapshots from SAGES

 

Here are some snapshots from SAGES2018 – the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons annual congress in Seattle. 796 iPoster presentations from all corners of the planet focusing on research into minimally invasive surgical technology and techniques for gastrointestinal and abdominal disease.

Fighting heart disease in newborns

 

The Neonatal Heart Society is dedicated to improving the well-being of neonates with heart disease through scientific discovery, education, and advocacy while building collaborative, multidisciplinary models of healthcare delivery.

NeoHeart 2018 was our first assignment for the Society, and we’re looking forward to working with them again in 2019.



Thank you all very much. It was our first time using such a product but I can tell you from my interaction with the presenters and audience, they loved it.

The consistent emails to the presenters you used were vital and so informative. It was easy to access and continues to be very easy to maneuver. Christer, your presence was essential and very much appreciated.

Our next conference is in California and we will be looking to repeat this year’s success.

Again, thank you very much for all of you’re help and support.

Best Regards,
Victor Y. Levy, MD, MSPH, FAAP, FACC. Program Chair, NeoHeart 2018. President, Neonatal heart Society

Dark Matter, anyone?

 

Waves, particles, and really, really big things…
like giant telescopes here on earth, and galaxies and stars and exoplanets out there in space – most of which are mind-boggling distances from us and cannot be seen with the human eye. We’re talking about the annual Winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society – AAS, where researchers just finished presenting their cutting-edge iPosters on all of the above plus Dark Matter, Instrumentation, Computation and more.

iPosters in The Big Easy!

 

Science matters – it saves lives, opens minds, crosses borders, and brings us together.
Nowhere was that more apparent than in New Orleans, where we just wrapped up an assignment for the American Geophysical Union – AGU annual Fall Meeting. Over 23,000 earth and space scientists from around the globe gathered in the Big Easy to share and discuss research on topics as wide-ranging as Atmospheric and Space Electricity, the Cryosphere, Earth and Planetary Surface Processes, Hydrology, Natural Hazards, Seismology, and more. A city of science. An unforgettable experience.



iPosters launches a basic PDF system at EPH 2017

Another conference in the books – this time at the European Public Health conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Groundbreaking research along with a pleasant atmosphere made this both fun and fascinating.

For their Poster Walks and Poster Areas, they used our newly developed PDF-solution:

Authors sent us their PDF presentations and we loaded them up to our EPH Online Gallery. The Gallery ended up displaying more than 650 posters from authors all over the world!

The moderated Poster Walks (above) had a big turnout and the electronic posters displayed in our browsing gallery also drew in people (below).

 

Engaging Sponsors with iPosterSessions

Sponsors are looking for better returns on their investments.

Getting their company logos displayed on banners, bags, and banquets is losing its value for many sponsors. On-site visibility alone is not enough to justify the costs of sponsorship in money and time.  And at a time when the bottom line for many companies demands measurability – not the least on the marketing side – traditional sponsor packages are sorely lacking.

iPosterSessions offers a powerful platform to increase the value of your sponsor package.

We enable organisations to offer not just sponsor visibility, but sponsor interaction. Two way communication between your sponsors and your attendees. And with a measurable ROSI: Return on Sponsor Investment.

Our system is location sensitive. So, if you don’t want sponsor messaging within your poster or exhibit area (because of CME or other requirements) the system will only display it outside of the area.  Attendees can receive information on iPoster screens in your lobby or other public areas at the venue, as well as on their own personal computers and mobile devices.

iPosters or e-posters?

What’s the difference between iPosters and traditional e-posters?

“How can we display paper poster presentations electronically?”  That’s the question that has driven the development of most of today’s presentation systems for e-posters. 



At iPosterSessions, we started with other, more basic questions. 

Like, how can we give today’s research scientists and scholars the most modern and effective communication tools with which to create and display their work?
    


After all, in just the past decade, advances in the precision and availability of information, audiovisual, and multimedia technologies have had an enormous impact on their ability of researchers to conduct and document their work. 



Why then limit their research presentations to the constraints of paper posters and decades-old e-poster formats like PDF and Powerpoint?  Why not develop a presentation system that enables them to make their posters as cutting edge as the research they are presenting?



In a similar vein, the expectations and needs of today’s conference attendees have evolved dramatically. In both their professional and private lives, they are used to exploring dynamic content with a continuously expanding range of  interactive, multimedia technologies.



Why then limit their access to research results at conferences to the constraints of static paper and PDF files? Why not give them access to the powerful learning experiences they have come to expect elsewhere?

iPosters are, of course, a form of e-posters – they’re displayed electronically at scientific, medical, and scholarly events. But that’s where the similarity ends.

The iPosterSessions system is built from the ground up, using the latest interactive and smart database technology. It comprises all of the multimendia capabilities that today’s authors and users have come to expect, allowing for high resolution images, high definition videos, audio files, slide shows, complex graphics, and room for as much content as is necessary to present the research with all the detail it deserves.

The system is dynamic too. Unlike e-posters, content is created and displayed online, which means that it can be edited and revised “live” from any internet-connected computer, anywhere in the world, at any time acceptable to the event organizers – before, during, or after the event.

That – in a nutshell – is the difference between iPosters and e-posters.

iPosterSession Tracking

Do you need to keep track of which iPosters your visitors visited for CME credits or to meet other attendance requirements?
iPosterSession Tracking

Visitors can register at each iPoster, simply by tapping on the Register Button at the bottom. They type in their name or number, which is then logged in the iPosterSessions database. You get a list of all visitors and the iPosters they explored.

iPoster Audio Presentations

Our new Audio Presentation function enables authors to narrate their iPosters even when they’re not there.

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The Audio Presentation button is on the main toolbar on all of our templates, making it easy for authors to add a narration, an interview, or any other sound file (why not some music?) to their iPosters.

Visitors (at the conference or online) can listen to the audio at the same time as they explore the rest of the iPoster – scrolling through dynamic content, tapping on hi-resolution images to expand them to full screen, watching hi-definition videos and animations.

NIH Institutional Development Award Program

iPosterSessions has been chosen to provide our multi-media iPoster technology to two conferences in the National Institutes of Health’s Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program:

      •  Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE)
      •  National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Excellence (NISBRE)

Both conferences are being organized by the University of Kansas Medical Center and Research Institute (KUMC), with grants from NIH.

The IDeA program broadens the geographic distribution of NIH funding for biomedical research. The program fosters health-related research and enhances the competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states in which the aggregate success rate for applications to NIH has historically been low. The program also serves unique populations—such as rural and medically underserved communities—in these states. The IDeA program increases the competitiveness of investigators by supporting faculty development and research infrastructure enhancement at institutions in 23 states and Puerto Rico.

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The 2016 K-INBRE Symposium will be held in Overland Park, Kansas, Jan 15-17, 2016.
The purpose of the Kansas INBRE (K-INBRE) is to strengthen the ability of Kansas researchers to compete effectively for NIH funds by building a “critical mass” of junior and senior investigators, as well as undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows supported with cutting edge technology within a scientific research theme. The scientific research theme chosen for the K-INBRE is Cell and Developmental Biology. The program brings together NIH-funded mentors, trainees, and promising new investigators from each of the three Scientific Partner Institutions to drive forward a major statewide initiative to build Kansas strength in this critical life sciences research area.

The 6th Biennial NISBRE will be held in Washington, DC, June 26-28 2016.
NISBRE is a national scientific meeting to showcase the scientific and training accomplishments of the IDeA program. The agenda includes plenary presentations, keynote presentations in varied areas of scientific investigation, poster presentations of IDeA scientists, discussion forums and workshops. The workshops are designed so that the attendees acquire either new scientific or career skills.