Medical Writing Health Economics and Market Access Thirty-seventh EMWA Conference, 7–9 November 2013, Barcelona, Spain

Volume 22, Issue 3 - Health Economics and Market Access

Thirty-seventh EMWA Conference, 7–9 November 2013, Barcelona, Spain

EMWA's 37th Conference will be held at the Fira Palace Hotel in Barcelona from Thursday, 7 November to Saturday, 9 November 2013. The Fira Palace Hotel is ideally situated in the trade-fair and exhibition area and is a short walk from Barcelona's Plaça d'Espanya. The hotel has excellent and spacious facilities for the conference and exhibition and is only a short bus ride from Barcelona airport, making it very easy and inexpensive to reach.

Extended workshop schedule

EMWA's autumn events traditionally focus on a full programme of workshops and networking events. From this year onwards, the autumn conference will be starting on Thursday lunchtime and finishing on Saturday lunchtime, so that we will now be offering workshops in four sessions instead of three. Also, workshops will be starting and finishing earlier in the day to provide more time for early evening events and networking. The exhibition will also be bigger than at previous events. These changes have been made to comply with wishes expressed by members to use the time at conferences more effectively, increasing value for money.

Presentation on medical writing at the EMA

As part of an effort to increase collaboration between the EMA and EMWA, the EMA will be giving an overview of the Agency's activities, including its role in the assessment of marketing authorisation applications, referral procedures, pharmacovigilance activities, evaluation of applications for orphan designation in the EU, and provision of information to patients, healthcare professionals, and the general public. In addition, the presentation will cover how the EMA works with other bodies in the EU, including the European Commission and national regulatory agencies, for the protection of public health.

Collaboration with other Spanish medical writing and translating associations

EMWA has invited representatives of AERTeM, Tremedica, and METM to the opening event to take advantage of the Barcelona location and provide a platform for networking between these organisations and EMWA. This is complemented by the usual programme of informal social events on the Friday evening.

For further information

For further information, visit or contact EMWA head office at

We look forward to welcoming you to Barcelona!


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Editoral Board


Raquel Billiones


Evguenia Alechine

Jonathan Pitt

Managing Editor

Victoria White

Deputy Managing Editor

Alicia Brooks Waltman

Associate Editors

Anuradha Alahari

Jennifer Bell

Nicole Bezuidenhout

Claire Chang

Barbara Grossman

Sarah Milner

John Plant

Sampoorna Rappaz

Amy Whereat

Section Editors

Daniela Kamir


Jennifer Bell


Nicole Bezuidenhout 

Digital Communication

Somsuvro Basu

EMWA News 

Ana Sofia Correia 

Gained in Translation

Ivana Turek

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Wendy Kingdom / Amy Whereat

Good Writing Practice

Alison McIntosh 

In the Bookstores

Maria Kołtowska-Häggström

Lingua Franca and Beyond

Maddy Dyer


Lisa Chamberlain-James

Medical Communications/Writing for Patients

Payal Bhatia

Medical Devices

Evguenia Alechine

My First Medical Writing

Anuradha Alahari

News from the EMA

Adriana Rocha


Tiziana von Bruchhausen


Clare ChangZuo Yen Lee 

Regulatory Matters

Sam Hamilton

Regulatory Public Disclosure

Claire Gudex

Teaching Medical Writing

Louisa Ludwig-Begall / Sarah Kabani

The Crofter: Sustainable Communications

Louisa Marcombes

Veterinary Writing

Editors Emeritus

Elise Langdon-Neuner

Phil Leventhal

Layout Designer

Chris Monk