During allergy meetings, the spread of knowledge and information is accelerated by social media activities, enhancing the scientific event experience by active and responsible involvement of allergy activists by including the specific hashtag in their posts.
Two interdisciplinary scientific meetings of the Romanian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (RSACI) must be mentioned in 2019: the 2nd National Interdisciplinary Conference on Allergology & Pneumology, a joint event organized together with the Romanian Society of Pneumology, and the 4th National Congress of Allergology and Clinical Immunology.
The 2nd National Interdisciplinary Conference on Allergology & Pneumology was held on February 9, 2019, at Crowne Plaza, Bucharest, Romania. The hashtag of the event was #SRAICSRPjoint19, and it was used all over social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Sharing information about the event in advance, about its venue and programme, was performed on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Posts with images, respecting EAACI rules and etiquette on how to use social media at allergy scientific meetings, increased the conference online visibility. Allergy academia representatives, young specialists and residents in training in Allergology and Clinical Immunology kept meeting discussions flowing on Twitter, engaging other social media activists in online interactions to enforce participation.
Tweets with greatest visibility and/or likes/comments were #SRAICSRPjoint19 #moments with Prof. Ruxandra UImeanu (Romanian Society of Pneumology President) and Prof. Roxana Bumbăcea (RSACI President), with Prof. Carmen Panaitescu on allergic respiratory diseases, with Prof. Dragoş Bumbăcea on asthma management in pregnancy, with Prof. Dr. Camelia Berghea on food as trigger in #anaphylaxis, with Prof. Roxana Bumbăcea on mandatory allergo-immunology evaluation (in vivo/ in vitro) in comorbidities in difficult to control #asthma, with Prof. Florin-Dan Popescu on #ThunderstormAsthma, with Prof. Corina Ureche on connections asthma-anaphylaxis, with Prof. Diana Deleanu on Churg-Strauss syndrome, and interesting discussions with Carmen Panaitescu, Roxana Bumbăcea and Camelia Berghea on #asthma. A special impact had the posts regarding #AllergistsGetTogether pride for young resident doctors and allergy specialists at the event.
With the major contribution of top influencers of #SRAICSRPjoint19 by tweets: Associate Professor Mariana Vieru @mariana_vieru, young specialists Carmen Saviana Ganea @Savicarmen, Magdalena Andrei @Magda2Andrei, Said Mahmoud Mohammad @SaidMahmoudMoh1, and young residents Ana-Maria Cristea @AnaAntoaneta, Tucu Elvira Gabriela @TGabriela9 and Elena Boldeanu @elenaboldeanu, a significant exposure of several hundreds of thousands of impressions on Twitter was reached over a three-day period around the one-day event.
Fast, visual and informative Instagram posting was also used to capture #SRAICSRPjoint19 #moments with friends and coleagues.
#SRAICSRPjoint19 was a successful event and reached its goal to support the development of cooperation between the specialties of Allergology and Pneumology in Romania for the interdisciplinary approach of patients with asthma.
Now, we are looking forward to the upcoming RSACI Annual Congress, the 4th National Congress of Allergology and Clinical Immunology #SRAlC2019, which will be held between 16 and 18 May 2019 in the beautiful town and mountain resort of Sinaia, located in the Prahova County in Romania. Sinaia was named after the monastery around which it was built, the Sinaia Monastery being founded by Prince Mihail Cantacuzino in 1695 and named after the Biblical Mount Sinai. King Carol I of Romania built his summer home, Peleş Castle, near the town in the late nineteenth century.
Do not forget to use the #SRAlC2019 hashtag for all event-related posted content on social media! This national congress will challenge us all with quality presentations and learning opportunities, with great opportunities to interact, network and enjoy in a friendly scientific #AllergistsGetTogether environment. The multidisciplinarity of #SRAlC2019 will bring together allergists and clinical immunologists, pulmonologists, otorhinolaryngologists, dermatologists, pediatricians, and primary care physicians. International speakers are top leading specialists from Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, and USA. Two great US experts are active on Twitter: David Fleischer @DavidMarkFleis1 and Carina Venter @VenterCarina with great Social Media #FoodAllergy activity promoting high-quality science-based information! The members of our society are very excited that these speakers will participate at our RSACI scientific event, because they know them from international meetings and through their publications, and are waiting to hear them live in Romania. Moreover, stay tuned to the RSACI website, www.sraic.eu!