With more than 3,370 attendees, global PCO and event management specialists Kenes Group recently delivered the 16th International Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases, simultaneously in Barcelona, Spain and virtually on the Kenes virtual platform VirtuOz. It was the largest hybrid event carried out to date by Kenes. On site delegates at the CCIB – International Barcelona Convention Center numbered 1,956 with a further 1,419 participants connecting through VirtuOz.
The AD/PD™ Conference 2022 included the merged AAT-AD/PD™ Advances in Alzheimer’s Therapies Focus Meeting and has transformed from a biannual into an annual meeting focussing on the advances in science and therapy of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases and related neurological disorders.
This year’s edition of the AD/PD™ Conference provided up to 42 points of CME/CPD accreditation to international medical and scientific professionals worldwide.
The six-day event took place in six parallel halls – four of which were streaming in real-time. There were 49 exhibition booths, 929 mobile app installations, 1,601 e-poster viewings and 107 sessions were broadcasted live. More than 1,200 messages through the Q&A and chat options during the event.
The IT department at Kenes had assembled a support crew of technicians in Rome and another one in Lisbon, totalling 57 team members.
In the words of IT Director Uzi Drori, the main challenges included:
“Finding the appropriate technology, combining software and hardware, recruiting the right people, training them during the weeks prior to the conference and getting all the required equipment to the venue.”
The Organising Committee noted that even the on-site participants used the live video transmission for convenience and personalisation of their congress experience.
AD/PD™ 2022 said its top three countries, in terms of in-person attendees were:
- United States: 491 participants
- United Kingdom: 218 participants
- Spain: 170 participants
While the top three countries for virtual attendance were:
- United States, 567 registrations
- United Kingdom, 94 registrations
- Japan, 87 registrations
The most interaction on social media was via Twitter, where 962 users joined the conversation using the hashtag #ADPD2022, generating 3,316 posts and a total of 8.1 million views.