For the first time the WCTOH programme features new session formats to give delegates greater opportunities for interaction and discussion around new research.
“We wanted to offer more interaction and opportunities for two-way exchanges in addition to the more traditional formats of presentations in symposia and abstracts-based sessions” said Anne Jones OAM, member of WCTOH’s scientific committee. “These are challenging times for tobacco control and we wanted to create as many opportunities as possible for people to discuss new ideas and share experiences. Global interaction and collaboration on tobacco control is critical with tobacco industry interference in public health policy becoming so diverse and at the same time globalised.”
WCTOH offers two new ways to access and discuss the latest research from tobacco control experts around the world – Rapid Fire Sessions and the Ideas Exchange. The former will feature up to 12 succinct presentations – a fast-paced oral abstract session with significant time allocated for questions and discussion after each presentation.
“Researchers will present their work as a series of key messages in the Rapid Fire Sessions. Delegates will then have the opportunity to ask questions following each presentation. This format enables a greater number of experts to present their findings and creates a space for attendees to interact with the ideas. Of course the longer-form research can be accessed after the event,” said Anne Jones.
The Ideas Exchange will be a 40-minute informal session, led by experts in a panel discussion. In this less formal setting, delegates will be able to join in the conversation.