BIREME Bulletin n° 22

CRICS10 aligns relevant health information and knowledge themes to the Objectives of the 2030 Agenda

The Regional Congress on Health Science Information (CRICS) is an innovative congress in the field of health information science since 1992. The CRICS series is coordinated by the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (BIREME/PAHO/WHO). Now in its 10th edition (CRICS10), it will cover themes such as knowledge management, open science, information management, innovation in Information technology and communication, decisions informed by evidence, intersectoral and scientific communication, and its applications for the advancement of research, education and health systems.

The scientific program is being organized with the support its Scientific Committee, which includes renowned specialists who aim to identify and choose professionals in the thematic axes of the Congress, considering the alignment with the main topic of CRICS10: “Advancing towards the 2030 Agenda: Contributions of evidence and knowledge”.

crics-site_enThree master lectures will be held, as well as 7 round tables with room for debate with participants. The Congress will take place from December 4 to 6, 2018, at the Centro de Convenções Rebouças, in São Paulo, Brazil.

The current phase is about interacting with potential speakers of CRICS10, mainly to define the focus of their presentations, but we may anticipate that the program will be quite eclectic, with the presence of experts from Brazil and other countries of Latin America, United States, Canada, England, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, etc., who will bring reflections based on their research and experience.

Below are some of the presentations that are on the CRICS10 program:

  • 2030 Agenda in LA&C: what connections between knowledge and action? Master class presented by Dr. VerĂłnica Espinoza, from Ecuador, as opening conference
  • 2030 Agenda in Brazil: which contributions does science have to offer? Master class by Dr. Henrique Villa da Costa Ferreira.
  • The third Master class should be on open science from the perspective of the US National Library of Medicine and presented by Dr. Amanda Wilson.

As for the round tables, we can anticipate at least one presentation from each thematic axis of CRICS10:

  • Health challenges in the 2030 Agenda: new ways of producing knowledge and open data – thematic axis Open Science;
  • eHealth reducing inequities: guaranteeing equitable access to health services through the Universal Healthcare, based on stronger primary healthcare – thematic axis Innovation and eHealth;
  • Strategies for translating knowledge to reach the Sustainable Development Goals – thematic axis Evidence informed decisions;
  • Digital curatorship and research data – thematic axis Research and Scientific Communication;
  • Libraries contributing to the 2030 Agenda Objectives – thematic axis Information Management; and
  • Why is intersectoral important for the 2030 Agenda Objectives? – thematic axis Intersectoral.

“We are working to confirm CRICS10 as one of the largest forums on health information in Latin America and the Caribbean. CRICS10 will certainly be remembered for the excellence of its scientific program and for creating a space for learning, exchange and socialization among professionals, students and researchers interested in contributing to reach the 2030 Agenda  Objectives”, according to Veronica Abdala (Manager of Information Sources) and Dr. Diego González, Director of BIREME, who are coordinating the CRICS10 Scientific Committee.

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