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Student Physio Twitter Conference 2020

WHAT:  Students of physical therapy/physiotherapy presenting their research projects 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 invite Physiotherapy students, academics and clinicians from around the world to join us as virtual delegates for 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. In addition, the current state of lockdown in many countries due to Covid-19 has shown how digital technologies and social media provide opportunities to facilitate knowledge exchange and discussion within the profession when traditional forms of face to face interaction are not possible.

How does it work?

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 providing the background, methods, findings and conclusions of their research. 

The presenters are introduced by the conference chair at the start of their presentation slot. They share their presentation in a series of tweets. Each tweet is a reply to the previous one, creating 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.

Who will be presenting?

The presenters are all current students of physiotherapy or physical therapy. Physiotherapy programmes from around the world have registered to take part and each participating institution is currently running a student peer review process to select their student representative who will be presenting their research project

We will publish the conference programme here shortly

How can I get involved?

If you are a Physiotherapy student, clinician, academic or indeed anyone who is interested, we would love for you to be a virtual delegate at the Twitter conference. To get the most out of the experience, we recommend that you:

  1. Follow @InBetaPhysio on Twitter as this will be the account chairing the presentations
  2. Check out the conference programme. You can either join the discussion live at the time that the presenter is tweeting their presentation, or later in the day if that is more convenient for you
  3. You will find all of the tweet presentations by using the hashtag #PTTC20 on 1st May 2020 – You can either join at the set times for a tweet presentation, or at a time to suit you later in the day
  4. Engage with the student presenters at the end of their tweet presentation just as you would at a face to face conference – ask questions, let them know your thoughts on their research and offer your support and encouragement

Project aims

The aims of this project are 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

We hope that this will become an annual event. For more information about how your institution can take part in future, please contact Julia Chevan (jchevan@springfieldcollege.edu) or Ben Ellis (b.ellis@bham.ac.uk)


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