The role of professional associations in the digital age: Are professional associations redundant?
19th March at 13.00 CET
Lynda J Wight MSc FTOPRA FIAM, Executive Director at TOPRA
In the digital age of online learning and professional networking platforms, is there still a role for professional bodies? Lynda will give her perspective from a career spanning ‘in the field’ regulatory affairs, training and working in TOPRA (The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs). Lynda will discuss
- the role of the professional body in supporting and accrediting practitioners,
- what professional body membership says about you
- how engagement with a professional body can assist in career development.
Lynda is a Fellow and Executive Director of TOPRA, the international professional association for those involved in medicines regulation. She has a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Leicester and an MSc in Information Science from City, University of London. Lynda worked in regulatory affairs in the pharmaceutical industry before establishing a global drug development consultancy and training company of which she was Senior Vice President. Throughout her career she has been an active member of TOPRA including a period as Board Director. She is a Fellow and past Director of the Institute of Association Management and has served as a Fellow and member of Section Council of the Royal Society of Medicine. She represents TOPRA at the Science Council and is Vice -Chair of the University of Leicester Alumni Association.
The role of professional associations in the digital age: Student Associations - Making a Better Professional
Nejc Klopcic, Vice President of External Relations at European Pharmaceutical Students' Association
The European Pharmaceutical Students' Association (EPSA) is a non-profit association which represents 45 Pharmacy Students' Associations from 37 countries, representing around 100,000 pharmacy students all around Europe. Nejc Klopcic will describe:
- what is EPSA
- how EPSA is following its mission and vision to provide the best tools for its Members' professional development
- the importance of growing a big network at the start of your career
- EPSA's involvement in digitalised healthcare and youth world
Nejc is a 4th-year Pharmacy student, coming from Slovenia but currently living in Brussels as a part of the Executive Board of the European Pharmaceutical Students' Association (EPSA), holding the position of Vice President of External Relations. He first got involved with student associations on a national level as a part of the Student Section of Slovenian Pharmaceutical Society. Passionate about learning more than taught at the faculty he was a part of the International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF), organised events on national and European level, participated in conferences and in 2017 joined the EPSA Team in a wish to further foster both professional and personal development while working for pharmaceutical students across 37 European countries. Currently, he is in charge of External Relations at EPSA, dealing with partners and sponsors, and simultaneously doing an internship at the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP).