Message from our President, Marc Lazarovici

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Thanks for joining us again for the July edition of the SESAM newsletter.

It has been a busy month with the first of our Lou Oberndorf Online Lecture series when we were honoured to welcome Professor Debra Nestel as our first speaker.

Planning continues for our postponed meeting in Seville next year and we were very happy to be able to open registration for the event.  Thanks to all the abstract submitters who have confirmed that they will be attending to present their work - we are very much looking forward to seeing you there.

More new projects are being worked on and we are very pleased to be able to launch 'My Life in Simulation' - more about that in the newsletter.

As ever - our thanks to our community for your loyalty to SESAM and for all your efforts as we navigate this difficult time.

Stay safe and well.



Vicki LeBlanc

We welcome Vicki LeBlanc, PhD as our speaker for the second of our Lou Oberndorf online lectures on a topic that is most relevant for our community at this time.  The presentation will be followed by a live Q&A and we look forward to an interesting and valuable discussion.  Subscribe here to join us on SESAM Online.

Simulation-based education has long been recognized for its’ potential to foster strong emotions in learners and educators. This emotional component is often heightened during challenging times, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The emotional challenges are varied: simulation leaders must make decisions and guide their teams in the face of uncertain and constantly changing conditions; simulation educators struggle with safely resuming activities under highly constrained conditions; learners are placed in vulnerable situations amid a background of significant changes and uncertainty in their education programs.

The purpose of this presentation will be to a) highlight how heightened emotional environments can impact teaching and learning in a simulation environment, b) present strategies to mitigate those impacts at the individual and systems level, and c) discuss how simulation can be used to prepare learners to provide care in heightened emotional contexts.

SESAM Annual Meeting - Seville 2021


The big news this month is the opening of  registration to attend the postponed 26th Annual Meeting of SESAM, 14-16 April 2021, Seville.

Registration for the event is open here and we look forward to welcoming you to Seville as our community comes together once again.

We are most grateful that the overwhelming majority of our presenters who would have attended the meeting in Milan have agreed to contribute to the scientific programme in Seville.

In addition to this we will also be opening for new abstract submissions at the beginning of August - details of the tracks available will be shared soon.

More information on programme, speakers and other plans for the meeting coming soon!

Look forward to seeing you in Seville!

SESAM Online - June 2020 - Thanks to our speaker Professor Debra Nestel


Very many thanks to Professor Debra Nestel who presented the first of our Lou Oberndorf Online Lecture series in June.  

Setting out concerns and issues around diversity and inclusivity, the presentation prompted a lively Q&A and discussion on our social channels.  We hope that the challenge laid out by Debra progresses positive change and are most grateful to her for bringing this timely and important topic to the fore.  

If you missed seeing this, the full presentation and Q&A is available to view on our YouTube channel here.

What is your journey in simulation?  Where did you start - where are you now and where do you want to go?  How do you see the development and future of simulation and how do you see your place in this?

SESAM is the home for a broad, multi-disciplinary community and we would love to share the diverse nature of this, whether you are a student discovering simulation or have been part of this community for many years.

We are asking for your contributions either written or on video and if you would like to be involved please contact us at

We cant wait to hear from you.



Very many thanks to Willem van Meurs, PhD a SESAM past president and model and simulator developer for this contribution to our newsletter.

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