OHDSI Announces 18-Hour 2020 Global Symposium Schedule

The OHDSI community will welcome both network veterans and newcomers from all parts of the world to join in an 18-hour celebration of open science, international collaboration, and community fun on Monday, Oct. 19 during the 2020 OHDSI Global Symposium.

Part of a four-day event that will include both a day of tutorials on Oct. 18 and a two-day study-a-thon on Oct. 20-21 (more information to come on this), the global symposium will include many of the events that OHDSI veterans look forward to each year at the annual symposium … and a few surprises as well.

The symposium will be held virtually over Microsoft Teams, and registration is available here. Once again, there is no charge to attending the OHDSI Symposium.

2020 Global Symposium Schedule

The 2020 Global Symposium will begin at midnight Eastern time on Oct. 19, which is afternoon for our Asian-Pacific collaborators and early morning for our European collaborators, and will conclude at 6 pm ET, or early Tuesday morning for our Asian-Pacific collaborators.

The first session will be a State of the Community address, followed by a 2-hour plenary session that focuses on large-scale network phenotype development, evaluation and characterization. This recorded session will be shown twice,  once as the opening session at midnight ET, and once at 7 am ET.

Our Asian-Pacific community will host a set of community network sessions following the first plenary session, which will be followed by the first showing of our Collaborator Showcase lightning talks. These lightning talks will also run later during the event.

The first of three Collaborator Showcase posters/software demo sessions will take place at 5 am ET, and then the first of two showings of the OHDSI Family Feud: Battle of the Titans will be available. This event brought together Titan Award winners from the past two years for a battle of community knowledge and fun that will be fun viewing during the European and American lunch hours.

At 7 am ET, the state of the community and plenary sessions will be shown again, followed by another session of community network breakouts. These will be open conversations about various aspects of the OHDSI community, including open-source development, OMOP CDM + vocabulary, COVID work, estimation, prediction, and more. A full list of the sessions will be shared closer to the event.

At both 11 am and 3 pm, there will be Collaborator Showcase posters/software demo sessions. Each poster or demo will have it own meeting space within the virtual environment, and presenters will be available to discuss their work during at least one of the three open sessions.

Following a 12 pm lunch break/Family Feud viewing, there will be a highly anticipated panel on “How Do We Improve Trust In Science?” led by George Hripcsak, Chair and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. The full panel for this session, which includes leaders from the FDA, the National Library of Medicine, Nature, the New York Times and academia, will be announced shortly. You won’t want to miss this event!

The Collaborator Showcase lightning talks will be shown at 2 pm, and will include sessions on both “Data Standards and Methods Research” and “Clinical Application and Evidence Dissemination.”

The Women of OHDSI Leadership Forum, following a terrific debut event in 2019, will be held at 4 pm ET and will again welcome some of the top women in the field to discuss their careers and provide mentorship and advice. This panel will also be announced shortly, and again includes an impressive, versatile set of leaders.

The Closing ceremony will begin at 5:30 pm ET, and will include the announcement of the 2020 Titan Award recipients.