Medical devices

Second WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices

‘Priority Medical Devices for Universal Health Coverage’
22-24 November 2013, Geneva, Switzerland


Programme Format

Format

The Forum consisted of meetings, workshops, poster presentations, plenary sessions and parallel sessions. It also included sessions co-organized by international non-governmental organizations. Students, professionals, policymakers, and academics were encouraged to attend.
To view the final programme please click here

Working Sessions

Work sessions ran from 09:00 to 16:30
All sessions were in 45 minute or 90 minute modules, except plenaries that were 1 hour.

  • In general, speakers were given a maximum of 15 minutes in plenary sessions and 10 minutes in parallel sessions for their presentations to allow time for discussion.
  • Some sessions consisted of a panel of experts (no presentation) with open discussion.
  • Pre-conference workshops were conducted as instructional lessons.
  • Posters were displayed on Saturday and Sunday 23-24 November, with time for presentation and discussion during special poster sessions and also during the breaks.
  • There was also an exhibition area on Saturday and Sunday 23-24 November. Commercial branding was not allowed.

Electronic Conferencing

In order to promote effective interaction, electronic conferencing as used in the First Global Forum on Medical Devices was made available.

  • The software allowed participants to interact, ask questions, vote, recommend, keep track of the agenda, retrieve information from posters, and to identify and connect to other participants.
  • For those who agreed to use their own personal iPhone or Android device, a link to the conferencing application was sent prior to the forum.
  • For those who did not have their own personal device, there were devices made available
  • The information collected at the forum can be retrieved within the application and it will remain available on the web for one year.

Translation

The general language of the conference was English.

  • The plenary sessions that took place on Saturday and Sunday 23-24 November were translated to French and Spanish.
  • Certain parallel sessions on Saturday and Sunday 23-24 November were translated either into French or Spanish. The language of translation is clearly noted in the Final Programme.
  • Workshops on Friday 22 November were conducted in different languages but no translation of the workshops was available. The language of the workshop is clearly noted in the Final Programme.
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