Back from the ICPE 2022 in Copenhagen, our heads are still buzzing – five days full of everything pharmacoepidemiology has to offer: skills courses, workshops, Special interest Group (SiG) meetings, talks, symposia, and poster sessions focusing on methodology, databases, study design, outcomes, validation, patients, and various indications were plentiful to choose from. This was also reflected in a 146-page conference brochure which, together with the conference app, was a great help in navigating the offerings and picking your favorite topics for the day.
Though not necessarily our main indication of focus and, as one may expect for an epidemiological conference, Covid-19 was omnipresent. Plenty of talks focused on the ongoing pandemic, even warranting a dedicated session in addition to many regular contributions on the topic.
Among approximately 1,000 posters presented at the conference were also three posters from our team focusing on IUD expulsion. One of our posters was selected for a spotlight session, further motivating us to continue conducting high-quality studies with total compassion.
Hosted at the Bella Conference Center, it was evident that ISPE had organized the event impeccably. It was easy for attendees to focus on the content and finally meet people in person again. We, too, had a great time meeting associates, as well as old and new friends.
Of course, besides the conference, we also had to explore the wonderful town that is Copenhagen: a lively city with plenty of bikes, cafes and bars, famous sights and eventually culminating in the ISPE Social Event at the waterfront with tasty food, drinks, and fireworks, that made the conference an event to remember.
Next year’s ICPE conference is scheduled for August 23–27, 2023, in Halifax, Canada, before stopping in our home base in Berlin in 2024!