Rio de Janeiro 20-25 June 2003

A personal review by Rod Ward


This is not the official conference web site which can be found at:

As ever with these reports it is being written on a daily(ish) basis & uploaded to the web whenever I can get a connection. There are a personal comments (written during lunch breaks etc.), not an academic review or journal report & should be read in that manner, and it should be recognised that I can only report on the bits I managed to attend.

The conference opened on the Sunday afternoon with a welcoming ceremony. Short messages and remarks were given by K.C. Lunn President of IMIA (with comments about travel & SARS), Virginia Saba (who described achievements in Nursing Informatics over the last 20 years or so), Umberto Tachanachi, and Eduardo Markess the chair of the scientific programme committee. There were lots of thanks to individuals who had been involved in organising the conference and a description of the joys to come;

The first keynote was given by Dr Edward Shortliffe who addressed "Blending the science & -practice of Biomedical Informatics" subtitled "whats in a name" who tried to set out the similarities and differences in informatics areas by identifying shared basic research methodologies and the varied applications ranging from the cellular level to wide populations and societies - he then gave a plug for Medinfo 2004 - there were some questions from delegates at the reception which followed (sponsored by Siemens) about why a medical and computing professor was asked to give the opening keynote at a Nursing Informatics conference.

"The Luvvies" of dishing out awards to the great and good was followed by a spectacular dancing show (with gymnastics & impressive costumes which brought a bit of Rio Carnival to the proceedings Pictures courtesy of Katsumasa Ota .

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