ICMSA organise global toxicology meeting after last minute pivot to virtual

When the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists Board decided to cancel its in-person meeting planned in South Africa for last month it called on ICMSA to deliver the meeting to a global audience virtually, with the event starting this week.

The 58th TIAFT Conference was to be the first time the 1,500-member global association had been held in South Africa but the arrival of the Omicron variant in 2021 and restrictions on travel were taken into account when the board made the decision to cancel the meeting.

ICMSA began working on the event in September 2021 and this week sees the culmination of that work with the three-day meeting beginning today.

Emma Bowyer, managing director of ICMS Australasia.

In keeping with the virtual program the event is using the tag line ‘Around The World In 80 Talks’, with presentations going out live to over 800 registered delegates over the three day program.

ICMSA managing director Emma Bowyer said the majority of her 30-strong team were this week working on the project which is utilising their in-house platform EventsAIR.

“Having five months to pull a meeting of this size and complexity together has been a challenge, with a large number of our staff having to juggle workloads in what is traditionally downtime for us over Christmas and the New Year,” she said.

“To be asked at the 11th hour to make this meeting happen is a testament to the on-going work we do within Australia and internationally for our valued clients.”