Message from our President, Marc Lazarovici

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A very warm welcome to you all and thanks for taking the time to enjoy our newsletter for June.

While we must all regret that we are not meeting this month as planned in Milan we are very happy to announce new initiatives and developments within SESAM and also the date that our registration will go live for our meeting in Seville.

As ever thanks from the whole of the Executive Committee for your continued support of SESAM and for all your extraordinary work and efforts in this time of global crisis.

We very much look forward to seeing you all again soon and in the meantime we hope that you continue to find value in our newsletter and SESAM Online broadcasts.

New to SESAM! NurSinG - SESAM's Nursing Special Interest Group

We’re delighted to introduce and share with the simulation and educational community the creation of the SESAM – Nursing Special Interest Group: NurSInG.

Chair Alvaro Clemente Vivancos explains more about the SIG and its mission here.

With the aim of gathering and meeting each other, a group of simulation professionals, supported by the SESAM-EC, and honoured by the presence of KT Waxman, met during SESAM-SAM 2019 held in Glasgow.  There we jointly explored the needs, interests and opportunities for creating an international collaborative community network, which supports all simulation enthusiasts by providing a safe and enriching space to share experiences, “enriched by the community for the community”.

Our initial plan for the official launch of NurSInG in Milan was prevented by the pandemic, but despite this and the global situation,  NurSinG Board members in collaboration with SESAM-EC and Worldspan have been working hard on the following months lines of work, contents, next SESAM-SAM 2021 in Seville, online and virtual content and much more!!

You can find us in SESAM website

We are looking forward to meet and share our curiosity and experiences with you all, contributing as a team in moving SESAM, simulation, nursing and safety forward!

Stay tuned to our Twitter @NursingSesam for more news! Let’s build-up this community together, please tag us in every nursing simulation Tweets you find interesting!

Alvaro (Chair), Kasia (Co-chair) & Mandy (Secretary).


Attendees of previous SESAM Annual Meetings will be familiar with the Lou Oberndorf speakers who are chosen for their International standing and their ability to challenge and inform on topics that are particularly pressing for our community.

Although we will sadly not meet this year, we are very grateful to Lou for his continued and generous support which allows us to bring you a special series of presentations - the Lou Oberndorf Online Lecture Series.

This series of three lectures will begin on 17 June - 1300GMT/1400CET - the day on which we would have begun our postponed meeting in Milan - and we are most honoured to be able to announce that Professor Debra Nestel has agreed to deliver the first  in our series of presentations.  Please subscribe to our channel to join the presentation here.

We are sure that all our members and wider community would join us in thanking Lou for his committment to SESAM and the furthering of the education and mission.



We welcome Debra Nestel PhD FSSH, and look forward to this challenging presentation and what we are sure will be a lively and valuable discussion.

'In 2020, a conflation of very weighty events is prompting deep reflection on many facets of our lives. Whether Brexit, bushfires, refugee crises, the coronavirus pandemic or the death of George Floyd… these events are impacting the healthcare simulation community. In this lecture, I’ll share reflections of my own and others’ practices. While I’ll describe some recent advances, I’ll identify areas where I think we can do better – areas where superiority and bias loom large. Finally, I’ll invite attendees to commit to making at least a small change in their simulation practice to eliminate or counter current limitations.'

Debra Nestel is Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare, Monash University, and Professor of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Australia. Debra is Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning (STEL), the journal of the Association for Simulation Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH). She is program lead for the Master of Surgical Education (Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) and Master of Surgical Science (University of Melbourne) and Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation (Monash University). Debra leads a national faculty development program for simulation practitioners – NHET-Sim ( and a virtual network in simulated patient methodology ( She has received national awards for her work in healthcare simulation (Ray Page Award for service to the simulation community, Simulation Australasia and a Program Innovation Award, Australian Government) and a Presidential Citation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She has held many positions in professional associations across her career. Mainly a qualitative researcher, Debra has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, edited books on simulated patient methodology (2015), healthcare simulation (2017), surgical education (2019) and research methods for healthcare simulation (2019)

SESAM Annual Meeting - Seville 2021


Our planning for our postponed 26th SESAM Annual Meeting in Seville 14-16 April 2021 continues apace and we are delighted to share the news that our registration for this event will be live on 1 July.  Our early bird registration will run until 20 November and as ever there are significant discounts for SESAM members so if you would like to take advantage of these and to support the continued work of the society we invite you to join us here.

The SESAM Scientific Committee has made the decision to carry over the record breaking number of accepted abstracts to this new meeting date and location and all presenters should now have received an invitation to confirm their intention to join us at this meeting.  Should any presenters not have received this communication do please contact us at

We are very excited to have received a large number of positive responses already and hope we will be able to welcome all of our accepted presenters from Milan to this postponed meeting in Seville. 

We will also be inviting a number of additional submissions including those relating to our new Covid-19 track and more information about this will be available on our website in the coming weeks.

Opportunities for sponsorship of this meeting and exhibition sales will also go live very soon - but in the meantime if any of our valued industry supporters would like to have a first conversation do please contact us at

SESAM Online - May 2020 - Thanks to our speaker Dr Cristina Diaz-Navarro


Our sincere thanks to Dr Cristina Diaz-Navarro and her colleagues Dr Paul Frost and Dr John Dunne for their very interesting presentation and broadcast last month.  Thank you all for taking the time to contribute to SESAM Online and we look forward to welcoming Dr Diaz-Navarro as one of our speakers at our postponed annual meeting in Seville.  If you didn't manage to catch the broadcast you can catch up here.



Editor in Chief of Advances in Simulation, Dr Gabriel Reedy shares information about Publons development.

Advances in Simulation, the academic journal for SESAM, publishes peer-reviewed research on simulation in healthcare from Europe and around the world. It couldn’t exist without our community engaging with the process of peer review, to ensure that research is of the highest quality and calibre and that it contributes to the science of simulation. Until recently, however, the work of peer review was largely unappreciated—the only people who know about your work as a reviewer are you and the editors.

Now BMC, part of SpringerNature, the publisher of Advances in Simulation, has joined forces with Publons, which supports the public verification and publishing of the work that the scientific community does to enable peer-reviewed academic journals to exist. Publons lets reviewers choose to opt-in to a report of their work, tying it in to their existing online profiles through their ORCiD. This process makes the traditionally unrecognised and unpaid work of peer review—necessary as it is for scientific advancement—publicly recognised. The editorial team of Advances in Simulation is happy to support this development.



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