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Student Physio Twitter Conference 2020

WHO:  Students of physical therapy/physiotherapy

WHAT:  Research presentations through a series of tweets

WHEN:  May 1st 2020

WHERE:  Twitter, follow with our hashtag #PTTC20

WHY:  Unique and global approach to sharing ideas and research.  A great opportunity for students to share their work and for students/clinicians/academics to learn together.


We would like to extend an open invitation to Physiotherapy programmes from around the world to join this project and have the opportunity for one of your students to present their research in the first Student Physio Twitter Conference on 1st May 2020!

What is a Twitter Conference?

Twitter conferences have been used in healthcare and other fields. They are an alternative to a physical conference hosted on social media. This means that access to the conference is free, inclusive and open to anyone who wants to take part from anywhere round the world, the scope for conversation is much wider than at a traditional conference and there is very little environmental impact.

Our Twitter Conference is a forum for disseminating students’ research and generating discussion and feedback, just like at a typical physical conference. Similarly to a typical conference abstracts are peer-reviewed and selected for presentation at a given time and place as part of the conference programme. Unlike at a physical conference, however, the medium isn’t a poster or a platform presentation, but a thread of 10 tweets.

On May 1st 2020 a moderator will introduce each presenter at the time of their presentation.  After the introduction, the presenter will reply with a series of 10 tweets providing the background, methods, findings and conclusions of their research.  Each tweet is a reply to the previous one (creates a readable chain of tweets) with an easy to follow numbering system 1/10, 2/10, 3/10, etc. and ending with our hashtag #PTTC20.

​Students, clinicians, researchers, academics, in fact anyone who is interested can follow the conference by typing #PTTC20 in the search bar on Twitter and can either follow the conference synchronously (live) or asynchronously.

​At the end of every presentation we encourage viewers to ask questions or offer congratulations with their own tweets.

Project aims

We aim for taking part in this project to provide

  • Opportunity for students to disseminate research findings
  • Opportunity for students, clinicians, researchers and academics to learn about research issues and research agenda in other institutions and countries
  • Space for interaction between students, clinicians, researchers and academics from different institutions and different countries
  • Exposure for students and academics to twitter as a platform for CPD and post-registration learning
  • Opportunity for students to be involved in peer review and organisational aspects of a conference

How do I take part?

At this point, we are inviting physiotherapy programmes to register to take part and nominate a lead academic using the Google form at the bottom of this page

The Twitter Conference will have a programme of presentations throughout the day on May 1st 2020. Participation is by Physiotherapy programme – each institution that takes part will have one allocated space on the programme. The students at each institution will choose their representative through an internal peer-review process.

What is involved if we participate?

  1. Publicise the Twitter Conference to the Physiotherapy / PT students at your institution and invite them to take part
  2. Organise a student-led peer-review process to select your programme’s submission to the Twitter conference in March 2020
  3. Support your institution’s student presenter to plan their 10 tweet presentation in a word document and submit it to the organisers by 3rd April 2020
  4. Engage with the Twitter conference using #PTTC20 on 1st May 2020

I’m a student and I want to participate

One of the key aims of the conference is for the programme to include student presentations from a range of different universities and countries. To support this aim we are planning to have one presenter per participating university and are asking universities to sign up and arrange an internal peer selection process to choose their submission. If you would like to have the opportunity to present your work, in the first instance please let your course lead know about the project and encourage them to take part or contact us for more information.

For more information, please contact Julia Chevan (jchevan@springfieldcollege.edu) or Ben Ellis (bellis@brookes.ac.uk)

Photo by Allie Smith on Unsplash

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