SEOUL, July 22 (Korea Bizwire) — Amid the prolonged outbreak of COVID-19, online-based academic events are booming in South Korean medical communities.
This trend is becoming a ‘new normal’ in the era of COVID-19.
A string of academic events have been held online this year including the academic meeting of the Korean Society of Surgical Oncology (KSSO) and the TCTAP & AP Valves 2020 Virtual, according to industry watchers.
As the coronavirus outbreak drags on, organizers of academic meetings and symposiums in the medical community are increasingly turning towards so-called ‘untact’ gatherings.
To comply with the government’s pandemic prevention measures, the Korean Academy of Medical Sciences also recommended that those in the medical community host academic events online rather than offline.
After tentatively postponing its annual academic event originally scheduled to be held in February, the KSSO held the meeting online for two days on July 17 and 18.
Despite academic exchanges being subdued due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the KSSO’s online event attracted 864 participants, including 313 from 27 foreign countries.
“In a time when the number of offline events are reduced, this year’s event proved that online can also be a successful way of hosting academic meeting,” the KSSO said
The TCTAP & AP Valves 2020 Virtual will also be held online for three days starting from August 6.
Organizers said that the online-based event will provide the chance to participate to anyone who has interest, including medical students, young doctors and medical professionals in developing countries who may have had difficulty participating if it were held offline.
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