#

Dailypharm Korea will be available without login access until the end of December 2019.
Membership login access would be required from February 2020 to access more news and website services.
Dailypharm Live Search Close
  • Post-corona KSC academic conference finds answer in hybrid
  • by An, Kyung-Jin | translator Byun Kyung A | Jul 8, 2020 05:37am
Interview on KSC Secretary General Kang Seokmin and Academic Director Gwon Hyeon Cheol
 ▲ (From left) KSC Secretary General Kang Seokmin, Academic Director Gwon Hyeon Cheol and Head of Convention Service team at Gyeongju Hwabaek International Convention Center, Park Seo-Joon.

The Korean medical academy scene also took a hit from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Still not contained COVID-19 pandemic had affected the spring academic conference and other events, which left the academic event coordinators in a tight spot.

So what is it like to have an academic conference in the day and age of ‘Post-coronavirus?’

The executives of Korean Society of Cardiology (KSC) say they found the answer in ‘hybrid.’ They concluded both online and offline events have to be simultaneously conducted to continue exchange academic findings and network while joining the movement to stop the spread of COVID-19.

KSC Secretary General Kang Seokmin (Cardiovascular Department at Severance Hospital) and Academic Director Gwon Hyeon Cheol (Cardiology Division at Samsung Medical Center) at ‘2020 Annual Spring Scientific Conference of KSC with Affiliated Cardiac Societies’ claimed, “Simultaneously convening offline and online events would become the standard style of academic conferences post-coronavirus.” The academic society intends to share the tips they have learned from organizing the spring conference with other societies and to overcome the tough time together.

◆From special guideline to simulation, a month in making

Only a month ago, KSC had decided to convene the annual spring conference in the first week of July at Gyeongju Hwabaek International Convention Center.

Considering a large number of frontline healthcare providers of COVID-19 response had to participate, the society had internal dispute over having a complete virtual event. But some argued back it would diminish the level of networking and academic exchange and result in long-term loss. The executives pondered on the subject and finally found the solution; a hybrid event with an offline event strictly following the disease control guideline combined with the real-time presentation streaming online.

Professor Kang Seokmin elaborated, “The annual spring conference is a massive scale of an event, where seven academic societies, including KSC, Korean Heart Rhythm Society, Korean Pediatric Heart Society, Korean Society of Heart Failure, Korean Society of Interventional Cardiology, Korean Society of Cardiometabolic Syndrome, Korean Society of Echocardiography and Korean Society of Lipid and Atherosclerosis, come together. As the participation of world renowned scholars was canceled, the invited professors were disappointed in losing a chance to expand their network.”

 ▲ Event staffs usher in conference participants to a lecture hall after checking their body temperature

The executive committees of KSC had to struggle for a month to make an exemplary event amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Kang personally drafted the COVID-19 Response Guideline and edited eight times. The final version of the guideline reviewed by Korean Society of Infectious Diseases (KSID) defined the infection of COVID-19 and specified the floor plan and entrance management of the conference venue, management of the venue surroundings, management of relevant staffs, enforcement of disease prevention rules in participating members and operating the conference, and management of the event planning agency staffs.

A day before the conference, the professor convened the convention center service team to conduct a simulation on contacting the public health center in case of spotting a suspected case of COVID-19 and transferring the patient.

Professor Kang said, “The number of pre-registered members exceeded 1,700, and 900 of them participated in the morning of the first day. Keeping the safe distances in the seating arrangement, many had to listen to the live-streamed lecture from the lounge area,” and “We are grateful for the event staffs and participants complying with the guideline and safely and successfully closing the event.”

◆Hybrid academic conference with advantages of online and offline events to become a norm

While the executive directors were busy organizing a safe event, academic committees were also hectic as well. They collected presentation material and voice or video recording of the foreign speakers unable to participate, and set up an online streaming system for the academic society members to conveniently use.

By analyzing the pros and cons of international and domestic conferences convened online recently, the committees were able put up the basic framework of the event. As the spring conference was postponed over two months, the committees also simultaneously worked on the fall conference to come in three months time. As a result, they developed a system to watch lectures streaming from seven conference halls by simply clicking on a Smartphone app. The voice and video recordings from the foreign speakers were played from respective conference halls in a set order.

 ▲ Professor Kang demonstrates the real-time streaming lecture video on a Smartphone app
Professor Gwon Hyeon Cheol explained, “According to respective hospital guideline, many of the members are not allowed to participate in the conference unless they are speaker, mediator, or a panel,” and “Insisting on convening a virtual event would bring a serious impact on academic activity and networking.” The professor says the hybrid style of academic conference that fully embraces the advantages of both online and offline events would get more prevalent in the future.

Professor Gwon also stated ultimately the executives of those academic societies hosting an academic event and the government should contemplate together on further improving the hybrid academic conference on more intricate level. The professor plans to create a system that enables real-time two-way feedback for question and answer session with the foreign speakers for the next conference.

Professor Gwon advised, “The government also seems to have a lot to think about on setting the sponsorship standard as the conferences are changing their forms. Hopefully, they would also talk of setting detailed standard for the hybrid style with both online and offline events,” and “They should seek the most idealistic platform together with the relevant stakeholders to reflect their opinions”.
  • 0
Reader Comment
0
Anonymity comment Write Operate Rule
Colse

댓글 운영방식은

댓글은 실명게재와 익명게재 방식이 있으며, 실명은 이름과 아이디가 노출됩니다. 익명은 필명으로 등록 가능하며, 대댓글은 익명으로 등록 가능합니다.

댓글 노출방식은

댓글 명예자문위원(팜-코니언-필기모양 아이콘)으로 위촉된 데일리팜 회원의 댓글은 ‘게시판형 보기’와 ’펼쳐보기형’ 리스트에서 항상 최상단에 노출됩니다. 새로운 댓글을 올리는 일반회원은 ‘게시판형’과 ‘펼쳐보기형’ 모두 팜코니언 회원이 쓴 댓글의 하단에 실시간 노출됩니다.

댓글의 삭제 기준은

다음의 경우 사전 통보없이 삭제하고 아이디 이용정지 또는 영구 가입제한이 될 수도 있습니다.

  • 저작권·인격권 등 타인의 권리를 침해하는 경우

    상용 프로그램의 등록과 게재, 배포를 안내하는 게시물

    타인 또는 제3자의 저작권 및 기타 권리를 침해한 내용을 담은 게시물

  • 근거 없는 비방·명예를 훼손하는 게시물

    특정 이용자 및 개인에 대한 인신 공격적인 내용의 글 및 직접적인 욕설이 사용된 경우

    특정 지역 및 종교간의 감정대립을 조장하는 내용

    사실 확인이 안된 소문을 유포 시키는 경우

    욕설과 비어, 속어를 담은 내용

    정당법 및 공직선거법, 관계 법령에 저촉되는 경우(선관위 요청 시 즉시 삭제)

    특정 지역이나 단체를 비하하는 경우

    특정인의 명예를 훼손하여 해당인이 삭제를 요청하는 경우

    특정인의 개인정보(주민등록번호, 전화, 상세주소 등)를 무단으로 게시하는 경우

    타인의 ID 혹은 닉네임을 도용하는 경우

  • 게시판 특성상 제한되는 내용

    서비스 주제와 맞지 않는 내용의 글을 게재한 경우

    동일 내용의 연속 게재 및 여러 기사에 중복 게재한 경우

    부분적으로 변경하여 반복 게재하는 경우도 포함

    제목과 관련 없는 내용의 게시물, 제목과 본문이 무관한 경우

    돈벌기 및 직·간접 상업적 목적의 내용이 포함된 게시물

    게시물 읽기 유도 등을 위해 내용과 무관한 제목을 사용한 경우

  • 수사기관 등의 공식적인 요청이 있는 경우

  • 기타사항

    각 서비스의 필요성에 따라 미리 공지한 경우

    기타 법률에 저촉되는 정보 게재를 목적으로 할 경우

    기타 원만한 운영을 위해 운영자가 필요하다고 판단되는 내용

  • 사실 관계 확인 후 삭제

    저작권자로부터 허락받지 않은 내용을 무단 게재, 복제, 배포하는 경우

    타인의 초상권을 침해하거나 개인정보를 유출하는 경우

    당사에 제공한 이용자의 정보가 허위인 경우 (타인의 ID, 비밀번호 도용 등)

  • ※이상의 내용중 일부 사항에 적용될 경우 이용약관 및 관련 법률에 의해 제재를 받으실 수도 있으며, 민·형사상 처벌을 받을 수도 있습니다.

    ※위에 명시되지 않은 내용이더라도 불법적인 내용으로 판단되거나 데일리팜 서비스에 바람직하지 않다고 판단되는 경우는 선 조치 이후 본 관리 기준을 수정 공시하겠습니다.

    ※기타 문의 사항은 데일리팜 운영자에게 연락주십시오. 메일 주소는 dailypharm@dailypharm.com입니다.

Write
Write
recently Agree DisAgree
If you want to see the full article, please JOIN US (click)