Copenhagen 2020 now a virtual conference

We may be unable to welcome you to a face to face conference, but this doesn’t mean we can’t still bring together the world’s healthcare improvers and innovators.

By hosting the International Forum as a virtual event, we can provide a space to stay connected, share best practice and come up with practical solutions during this most difficult time.

Join us at the virtual Copenhagen 2020 - Early Bird registration is open

The virtual International Forum - what to expect

Our conference theme in Copenhagen is ‘Breaking Down Barriers’. So much of what we face at the moment involves the necessary creation of new restrictions, regulations and enforced distance between colleagues, friends and family. However, this is also a time when we see people coming together to create new innovations, new connections and new infrastructure in record time.

With this in mind, we are excited to bring you a brand new virtual conference that will showcase the latest innovations in quality improvement, host discussions on the key issues facing health and care systems, and empower our community to move forwards stronger and more connected than ever before.

The virtual conference will include:

  • Live sessions and workshops with opportunities for interaction with speakers
  • A programme of inspirational talks to view on demand
  • Virtual poster presentations
  • Virtual networking activities
  • Searchable attendee list with live chat / meeting booker
  • A full virtual exhibition and the ability to interact with key organisations in real time

All content available in the virtual platform will remain accessible after the event.


Making the most out of your virtual experience and the programme

While the conference is over five days, it is designed to suit busy schedules and urgent priorities. You can join in when your schedule permits. You can also dip in and out of live sessions and catch up on what you’ve missed by watching the session recordings in your own time. 

The platform will remain accessible for six months after the conference, including all recorded live sessions and on demand content.

Here is how to make the best out of your experience. Remember, this will be an interactive conference experience and your participation in discussions and activities is encouraged.

Drop-in and out of sessions – If you are short of time or something unexpected comes up, don’t worry, you will be able to watch recordings of all live sessions from the day after they take place.

Choose what you would like to do on the day – If you don’t feel you could participate in an upcoming live session, then why not explore our on demand content instead or use the time to start connecting with colleagues to nurture these important relationships and collaborations?

Access a large library of on demand content – Watch in your own time 10+ hours of inspirational talks, 30+ short videos on key improvement projects from across the globe plus all live sessions from the previous days.

Have live conversations – You can ask questions and converse with others during all live sessions via our chat box. In addition, you can take part in our networking activities using your camera and audio just as in a live event (more networking activities will be added to the programme soon).

Find solutions or expert support with your projects or challenges – Our exhibitors will be available to talk to you in real time about how they can help you to plan for the future in our daily Live Exhibition sessions. A number of these are available each day to allow you to drop in at a time that suits you best.

Make new connections with people who share your passions – Our recommended contacts tool is a great way to get connected with like-minded individuals who share the same interests. Fill out our quick matchmaking tool, and receive a list of delegates with whom you have something in common. Get in touch via chat, and arrange a time to connect!

Stumble upon some great ideas – Every year we host hundreds of displays demonstrating a wide range of improvement and safety projects implemented in local, national or global settings. Browse through those for ideas and strategies that you can replicate in your own organisations. And don’t forget to connect to the authors so you can learn even more or start collaborating.


Why have we made the decision to go virtual?

Earlier in March, mindful of our duty of care and our concern for the health and welfare of participants, staff and the wider community during the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the decision to postpone the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Copenhagen in April.

Now we are very excited to present this International Forum as a virtual conference on 2-6 November 2020.

By presenting the International Forum as a virtual conference we ensure that we stay connected, continue to share best practice and come up with practical solutions during this most difficult time.

In May and June, we asked about your thoughts on virtual conferences and over 900 of you responded to our survey and telephone research calls. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their feedback. With your suggestions in mind, we are now planning for our first virtual International Forum.

In the meantime

How does the global QI community move forwards post COVID-19 pandemic? Recently, we started a project called Time for Transformation that tries to bring together our global improvement community, and to work together to explore how health and care moves forward post-pandemic. Read more in our post about the project.