The UK-based European Laboratory Research & Innovation Group (ELRIG) has set up an “engagement” organization designed to work with various stakeholders – including clinical research organizations (CROs) – on various scientific programs.
According to ELRIG the Engagement Strategy Work Group (ESWG) aims to engage audiences in different ways, beyond face-to-face events, broadening access to high-quality science across a more diverse and inclusive network.
ELRIG, which is a not-for-profit community, comprising a network of over 22,000 professionals from biopharma, CRO’s and academia, said it will focus on developing and implementing a digital content strategy, social media presence and media partnerships, improving accessibility and inclusivity.
Chris Williams, engagement strategy work group lead, ELRIG UK, and founder & managing director, Questae Coaching & Consulting, stressed the benefits of connecting various stakeholder in the drug trials process.
“Driven by the philosophy of sustainability and accessibility, we want to make sure that our scientific content can be reached by those not able to attend our events. Whilst not being there in person means people don’t benefit from the spontaneity and networking that happens, we want to promote access and digital connectivity to enhance application of scientific and technological innovations wherever you are.
“We are aiming to provide platforms for scientific exchange that resonate whether you are an early career professional, academic, entrepreneur or pharma/biotech leader. This mentality has provoked the change to a more strategic look at different ways to engage our community through the ESWG.”
The formation of the ESWG follows the reorganization of ELRIG’s governance and work group structure earlier this year."
The new group will fit well within the new structure according to Emily Norman, marketing, and communications manager at ELRIG.
“The newly formed Engagement Strategy team will work alongside all ELRIG’s Work Groups to improve access to the scientific content from our conferences and networking events through digital platforms, publications, and media partnerships, as well as promote inclusivity, collaboration, and sustainability.”