Announcing a Virtual Annual Meeting: President's Message
The ANZSNM Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) is an event that we really look forward to and is the highlight for the Society each year. It is a chance to meet with colleagues, exchange ideas, gain knowledge and to be inspired by new technology and new ideas whilst also socialising, renewing friendships and appreciating our similarities and differences. I return from ANZSNM ASM every year with renewed enthusiasm for Nuclear Medicine and a sense of our contribution to patient care now and into the future.
Unfortunately, this year, global events have resulted in the cancellation of our face to face annual scientific meeting. This was to be our 50th ANZSNM ASM, and our Co-Convenors (Geoff Currie, Matt Ayers, Socrates Angelides and Hosen Kiat) worked tirelessly for 2 years to create an in-depth scientific program, a “legendary” social program and an exhibition hall with a full trade display for us. We had expected a high number of international attendees, both as speakers and delegates, and we had a large number of submitted abstracts, along with our awards and prizes. It is so disappointing not to have been able to experience this in April 2020, as we would all have expected to do.
The cancellation of the face to face ANZSNM ASM in Sydney is, of course, a significant disappointment, however, as a Nuclear Medicine community we have shown resilience for the challenges we have faced, and this represents another challenge for which we need to find a solution. We have had great support for the conversion of the ANZSNM ASM to an ‘on-demand’ program, and we have been working and learning about the logistics of making this happen. We have a program which combines both a live-stream component and a recorded on-demand component. The aim is to continue to provide education, knowledge and learning and also to enhance connectiveness, by using technology. We will be conducting the prizes and the awards. We will have CPD points for content, and there will be opportunities for mediated discussion (technology allowing). Many of our invited speakers have agreed to supply talks, and we are grateful for their time and efforts.
By converting to an ‘on-demand’ program we may be able to reach out to those who could not have attended in person in Sydney for the ASM. We aim to celebrate our 50th ASM by demonstrating our adaptability and our determination by continuing on with the annual scientific meeting, in this alternate format. Please join us in ensuring it is a memorable 50th ASM!
Further details of the on-demand ANZSNM 2020 ASM will follow over the next few weeks. We would like to extend our thanks to AANMS who have provided additional support for this program, and to the sponsors who continue to support our NM community and educational programs. Thank you to the delegates who have already converted their meeting registration to the on-demand program. We appreciate your support.
The on-demand program will be officially launched on May 28th by the original Co-Convenors, following the ANZSNM AGM. Please join us ‘live’ on May 28th for both the AGM and the launch of this exciting initiative.
Please stay safe and well.