Posted on 05 Feb 2019

Ambassador Programme Update

The Ambassador Programme has gotten off to a good start in the New Year. As you know EMWA’s strategy is to raise awareness about the medical writing profession and the benefits of joining our organization. The goal of the program is to recruit experienced EMWA members to give presentations at university career events, professional training organizations, and at medical conferences.

Alison Rapley attended a medComms educational event at Vestry Housein London on 18 Dec organized by the NetworkPharm medcomms. The events was on “Optimising training for medical writers.” Alison spoke on EMWA’s role in training and continued education. The event was attended by around 60 people and was well received.

On 10 Jan, John Carpenter attended a medcomms event that was also organized by NetworkPharm Medcomms at the Medical Sciences Teaching Sciences Center in Oxford that was attended by 70 people. John networked with the participants, answered questions during the Q/A session, and gave out EMWA promotional material.

On 23 Jan, Anne McDonough gave a presentation about medical writing and the benefits of joining EMWA at an Employability Conference/Fair for Bioscience students at the University of Derby. Anne was warmly thanked by the organizers for the interesting and informative talk that went some way in raising the awareness of the students in attendance about the field of medical writing.

On 5 Mar Alison will represent EMWA at the “Insight into Health and Life Science Careers Week at the University College London where she will hold an interactive workshop on medical writing skills.

In order to keep the momentum going, we are always looking for experienced presenters who have previously volunteered as either workshop leaders or served on one of EMWA’s committees. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador or if you have heard about any upcoming career events which EMWA might attend, please contact Abe Shevack or EMWA Head Office.

The Ambassador’s program group is planning to have a lunch time roundtable discussion on 9 May during the EMWA conference in Vienna at the Intercontinental Hotel restaurant. Everyone interested in finding out more about this program are welcome to attend.

BELs Exam Update
For the convenience of our members attending the May 2019 EMWA Conference in Vienna, the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS) is planning to hold its examination on 7 May at 12:00 before the conference at the Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen. This hotel is within walking distance of the conference venue. The exam is offered world-wide and tests proficiency in manuscript editing. Candidates who pass this certification exam are allowed to add the initials “ELS” after their names (Editor in the Life Sciences).


Delegates wishing to register for the BELS exam should contact BELS via Delegates should note that while EMWA and BELS are co-ordinating the timing of these events, the BELS examination is a separate event, and not part of the EMWA conference.


EMWA accepts no liability arising from registration for, conduct of, or potential cancellation of the BELS examination event, and is not able to provide assistance with BELS registration, or authorised to answer any queries regarding the BELS examination.