The Benefit of an International Conference

There are so many professional bodies globally representing so many different professions and expert groupings. One of these is a group called i-Fab. This is the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics group which is a multidisciplinary group of specialists with an interest in foot and ankle biomechanics. They are made up of teachers, doctors, podiatry practitioners, orthopaedic surgeons, engineers, physical therapists and other health care professionals, footwear industry personal, insole/orthotic suppliers, surgical devices makers and connected markets. They are a very diversified organization. The organisation seeks to produce info on the global activities linked to foot and ankle biomechanics. They connect individuals who are employed in the foot and ankle biomechanics discipline irrespective of their whereabouts and discipline they are from. In addition, they want to facilitate debate on key issues of interest for the international community and build coordinated association wide activities. Most importantly they are seeking to develop a profile to have an international critical mass of research activities which are associated with foot and ankle biomechanics.

To this end among their main actions is an international convention which is held every 2 yrs. This seminar moves worldwide and has been hosted by a few different countries. The 2018 iFab convention was held in New York City in the USA. An episode of PodChatLive was about a discourse on that conference. PodChatLive is a regular livestream for podiatrists and after the meeting the hosts had a chat of some of the relevant and interesting papers which were presented at the meeting. This discussion was live on Facebook. It was later published to YouTube and made available as a podcast version obtainable form most of the podcast services. It was an interesting strategy taken by the hosts to evaluate a seminar, as they routinely have an alternative guest on every month to discuss a subject. It is not known if they're going to attempt to cover the 2020 convention.