Why are international conferences beneficial?

There are plenty of professional organisations worldwide representing so many different specialities and specialist groupings. One of these is a association identified as i-Fab. This is the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics association that is a multidisciplinary team of industry experts who have an interest in foot and ankle biomechanics. They're consisting of teachers, physicians, podiatry practitioners, orthopaedic physicians, engineers, physiotherapists as well as other health care professionals, footwear industry individuals, insole/orthotic manufacturers, surgical products manufacturers and connected businesses. They are a very varied association. The association aims to produce information about the international activities linked to foot and ankle biomechanics. They connect people who are employed in the foot and ankle biomechanics area irrespective of their whereabouts and discipline they may be from. They also want to facilitate debate on key issues of interest for the global group and create coordinated association wide activities. Most of all they are planning to produce a profile to have an global critical mass of research actions that are associated with foot and ankle biomechanics.

As a consequence among their major activities is an PodChatLive which is held every two years. This convention moves around the globe and it has been hosted by a number of different countries. The 2018 iFab conference was held in New York City in the USA. An episode of international conference was devoted to a discourse on that conference. PodChatLive is a regular livestream for podiatrists and after the conference the hosts had a conversation of a lot of the relevant and fascinating papers which were presented at the convention. This chat was live on Facebook. It was later uploaded to YouTube and made available as a podcast version accessible form the majority of the podcast platforms. It was a unique strategy taken by the hosts to review a seminar, since they routinely have an alternative guest on every month to talk about a topic. It is not known if they will try and review the 2020 conference.