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AIM Group International creates fully online medical congress

Congress specialists, AIM Group International has successfully transformed a would-be face-to-face medical congress into an entirely online event.

The Italian Academy of Prosthetic Odontology (AIOP) congress was originally scheduled to take place in the congress centre in Riccione, Italy, but will now take place online on 30 April to 2 May 2020.

“I am convinced that this innovative event, whose origin is undoubtedly caused by the COVID-19 emergency, will transform a challenge into an opportunity, opening new horizons even for the future when the emergency is over,” Carlo Poggio, president of AIOP said.

Congress delegates will be able to follow the congress sessions remotely by connecting online to the “AIOP On Air” platform from their PC, tablet or smartphone. Several tools will be used to ensure active online audience participation. It will be possible to interact with speakers and exchange views with other participants through chat rooms and poll systems.

A virtual exhibition hall will also be accessible to delegates. This will allow both delegates and exhibitors the chance to have one-to-one or one-to-many meetings as well as attend educational sessions.

“We are delighted that AIOP decided to undertake this innovative path together with us, rescheduling the entire event in a few weeks,” said Rosangela Quieti, managing director of the congress department at AIM Group International.

“As event professionals, we know that in this crisis situation, we must put our in-depth knowledge of the needs of scientific societies and companies and of the learning processes to create effective virtual events.

“Technology allows us to create educational and experiential paths user-friendly, engaging and interactive sessions that can keep attention high and facilitate the knowledge exchange typical of live events.”

AIOP said it sees the online congress as an opportunity to attract a wider audience, who otherwise might not have been able to attend the face-to-face congress.