The Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland (AoP) was founded by William Osler in 1907 to advance medicine “in a manner that promotes friendship amongst Physicians”. Over the years it has evolved into the premier learned society representing translational clinical research. It has recently further strengthened its base by opening membership to the wider medical community and by reaching out to early career researchers in the United Kingdom, Ireland and beyond.
Against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic it therefore appeared logical for the AoP to host a series of webinars to discuss emerging topics in translational medicine.
Given some “webinar fatigue” related to travel restrictions and a multitude of online events the series adopts a different approach compared to other webinars. Instead of lengthy presentations that may not attract the audience to actively engage the programmes include short statements of world-leading experts followed by ample time for panel discussion and audience participation.