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Phileas Fogg: ‘This is what happens when you leave home. You meet... people.’

‘Around the world in 80 days’ was written in 1873, sharing the adventures of Phileas Fogg and his French valet Passepartout as he tries to win a wager of travelling around the world in 80 days. Fast forward 148 years from Victorian London, and we are in a world where we have not been able to leave home or travel. Yet, I have continued to meet people and make new connections. I may not be going from port to port or station to station, but I am travelling the continents with each new IP address.

This year I have taken on the role as the ISCoS Communications Social Media Lead.  It has been eye-opening, surprising, educational and fun. I have been blown away by the community we have online. I am speaking to researchers, clinicians and organizations from all over the world. I am in direct contact with colleagues from Australia, India, Canada, and beyond. With one post, tweet, share, we are reaching thousands of people from our community. It really is powerful and quite the adventure. Take the 3rd of July, for example; I opened up Google to search for something, and staring back at me was a Google Doodle of Sir Prof Ludwig Guttmann.  I was delighted to see Google celebrating and recognizing the father of modern SCI care’s 122nd birthday.  Again, our community took to social media supporting, celebrating and honouring his incredible work and legacy within SCI care and ISCoS.

Google Guttmann

The celebration continues this September as we gather virtually for the 60th ISCoS Annual Scientific Meeting. Since our first-ever gathering in 1961, a lot has changed with Prof Guttmann as our founding President and a lifelongsupporter and active member. We cover all areas of SCI care and a multidisciplinary approach. Our first regional symposium takes place on the 9th and 10th of July with pre-recorded English, Spanish, and Portuguese presentations. The second of our podcast series, SCI Care: What really Matters, will be launched soon. Education, dialogue, conversations and scientific exchange are always at the heart of ISCoS and what we aim to do and achieve. This is all reflected in the preliminary programme for ISCoS 2021. I’m especially excited to hear Dr Charles Tator, who is the 2021 Guttmann lecturer, speak on his career as a SCI researcher, including when he met Prof Guttmann.

I am excited about our virtual conference this year as I always gain so much from attending. I also know some fantastic new networking features will be added, which will keep us even more connected and add a lot of fun to the experience. AND this year, I will know even more people from connecting with you all on social media. If you don’t already follow us, make sure you do and join the conversation. Follow on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.  

 So, with the 60th ISCoS Annual Scientific meeting around 80 days away, look out for our daily tweets– connecting the #ISCoScommunity around the world in 80 tweets before coming together for the meeting in September. Why not take part and post with us? Tell us if you are attending the conference, tell us what sessions you are interested in seeing? Share your ISCoS memories with us. Use #ISCoSCommunity #ISCoS80days and remember to tag @iscosmeetings

 For now, I shall take Mr Fogg’s quote from the start of this blog and adapt it for our moment in time…

 ‘This is what happens when you engage on social media. You meet... people.’


Jennifer - ISCoS Communications Social Media Lead


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