The third consensus conference for the Action Plan for Stroke in Europe took place at the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung in Munich, Germany, 21 – 23 March 2018. The conference was organised by the European Stroke Organisation (ESO), in cooperation with the patient organisation Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE) and part of a larger project phase, which started over one year ago. The Action Plan will replace the Helsingborg Declaration of 2006, a consensus document utilised as the basis for setting up and planning stroke services, reviewing current evidence and identifying prioritised areas of research.
70 top experts in the field of stroke were working together on a consensus text about seven fields in stroke. Creating a consensus text while so many experts are working on it simultaneously, bringing in different ideas and comments, can be extremely challenging. It can also be difficult to sort and use the many inputs gathered at the conference. Participation in the meeting was on invitation only, but the task was to get input from as many experts as possible and to share the event with even more people.
HOW CONGREX MASTERED IT
A couple of weeks before the meeting, the latest version of the consensus document was made available to the public for reading and commenting. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology provided by Congrex Switzerland, numerous valuable comments were received and taken into consideration within a short time. In addition to the invitations, specialised physicians could send an application for the meeting, stating their experience in the field of stroke. Congrex used an advanced online tool to collect and review the applications. To let more people join this special event, a high-quality live stream was provided. Live tweets kept the public up to date via social media, using the hashtag #StrokeActionPlan.
The Action Plan for Stroke in Europe Meeting was a great success, further advancing the development of the consensus document. The new Action Plan will be presented at the European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC) in Gothenburg for the first time and subsequently in the EU Parliament in Brussels.