The Longboat team were delighted to welcome The Avoca Quality Consortium to Dublin in June for the European Summit. The theme of the summit was ‘Changing Landscapes’, so the two exciting days of discussion centred around the rapid change of pace in the industry and keeping pace with the continuous evolution of the regulatory environment, amongst many other topics.
The summit was held at No.6 Kildare Street on Day 1, home of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland since 1864. A beautiful setting for a busy day of activity, including lively discussion on a variety of industry topics, an interactive workshop with bestselling author Mark Matousek, and a thought-provoking keynote speech from Paul Gilbert, Co-Founder and CEO of MedAvante.
The Guinness Storehouse was the perfect location to reconvene at the end of Day 1. Picturesque views of the city from the Gravity Bar and the opportunity to ‘‘pour your own pint’’ were talking points from the evening.
Day 2 began at The Intercontinental Hotel with an opening address from Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Irish Government. We had an active day of provocative panel discussions, presentations, and keynote speeches. Brian Hagen of the Decision Empowerment Institute took on the “risk” element of ICH E6 R2 with his presentation on ‘’Reframing Risk Management as a Decision-Making Process’’, and Professor Dipak Kalra spoke about using Electronic Health Data to inform protocol design. Jim Lawless delivered an inspiring message about how the difference between perceived risk versus actual risk is paralyzing clinical development. Jim spoke about how we can change our personal performance by getting outside of our comfort zone and ‘’taming tigers!’’, the crippling fears that prevent us and our organizations from reaching their true potential.
After two days of discussions, speeches, and workshops, attentions turned to a fun evening of Irish culture. Longboat hosted a ‘Dublin Mountains Cultural Tour’ to allow AQC members to unwind while experiencing some of Dublin’s famous rural pubs. Networking with industry colleagues and friends, twinned with some traditional Irish music and drinks, created an idyllic atmosphere.
The Avoca Quality Consortium European Summit was a huge success. All speakers and panel discussions motivated attendees, arming them with new ideas, knowledge, and inspiration to drive change in the industry over the coming years.
We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!