Virtual congresses are here to stay - a series of four webinars addressing the most burning questions.

This first webinar in the series addreses the critical aspect of providing value to delegates, speakers and poster presenters, and then glances at how the future may look. 

The webinar includes a presentation, an interview with Monica Fontana, Executive Director of ERA-EDTA, who has just delivered their online congress successfully with 10,000 participants, and a live discussion with the audience.

Topics include:

  • What does the audience expect from virtual meetings?
  • How can we translate the onsite congress programme to online medium?
  • How can we create ‘’live happenings’’ and real interactive discussions with speakers, poster presenters and exhibitors?
  • How will congresses look post-COVID-19?


Inbar Caspi
Inbar Caspi

Consultant , Medical Associations Consultant

Inbar Caspi is association services and congress expert with more than 20 years of experience in consulting over 60 associations and managing more than 170 association congresses. She is the former Managing Director of Kenes UK. For the past 6 years, Inbar has been supporting Medical Associations that organise their congress in-house or wish to take more ownership on their key activity while reaching their goals for growth, profit, education and high level of service. In her new capacity, she has worked with and managed in-house the congresses of some of the largest associations in Europe such as the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), the European Academy of Neurology (EAN), the European Pain Federation (EFIC), and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).

Monica Fontana
Monica Fontana

Executive Director , ERA-EDTA

Monica Fontana was born in the United States in 1965; she moved to Europe in 1970 and grew up in Parma (Italy). In 1991, while writing her university thesis, she started working for the ERA-EDTA, a charity based in England and Wales with more than 7,000 active members, various medical journals, a guideline body, a European registry and various working groups and committees. As the person in charge of the membership office, Monica was able to be aware of all the various activities of the Association, from the Registry activities (being also appointed at the financial manager of a EU funded project linked to the Registry), the fellowship initiatives, the research programmes, the educational courses. ERA-EDTA organizes the second largest annual nephrology Congress worldwide and Monica was actively involved in many of the activities done during the annual Congress especially linked to the various committees. From 1995 until 2016, working from home, she added many other tasks to her main duties: the bylaws, advisor to the President (and Council), advertising and public and international relations. In 2015, Monica became the Executive Manager of the ERA-EDTA and the CEO of a limited company owned by ERA-EDTA that organizes medical events, thus managing all the international operative staff of the association. In 2018 Monica was appointed as ERA-EDTA Executive Director.

What's included

  • Presentation
  • Interview
  • Q&A

Attendance Registration

To attend for no fee, register as a subscriber or member (both at no fee) and then register for the event.

Status Live After
Association Members No fee No fee
Association Subscribers No fee n/a
PCO/ AMC Subscribers £40 n/a
Associate Members £0 £0

Fees are in GBP, subject to 20% VAT and payment is only by card. 

After, is in the AAE Resource Centre from 48 working hours after the event, to allow time for preparation of the video, and is subject to recordings being successful.