Annual meetings

23rd ESPACOMP conference

Porto, Portugal

Thursday November 21 to Saturday November 23,2019

This year’s ESPACOMP conference will have a special focus on digital health and patient empowerment.

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Keynote speakers

Event Program

Join us in Porto, Portugal to learn about digital health, patient empowerment, and medication adherence. Learn more about our exciting program here below:

21-23 November 2019

About the conference

The principal activity of ESPACOMP is to organize a yearly symposium. It has become the meeting place for an increasing number of international adherence researchers, pharmacoepidemiologists, statisticians, industry people interested in compliance and persistence.

Implementation science and e-health

21 November 2019

About the workshop

This one day workshop addresses the intersection of implementation science and e-Health. Building upon prior ESPACOMP implementation science workshops, the goal of this advanced workshop is to delve deeply into how implementation science can inform intervention development and delivery of e-health interventions with the goal of creating programs that can be adapted to local context, disseminated or translated to other settings, and sustained over time. To accomplish this goal, we will review an international case study addressing stem cell transplantation. Balancing theoretical discussion, and practical hands-on learning, this workshop will be comprised of interactive presentations, group work, and discussion.

Workshop Leaders

Bart van den Bemt
Leah Zullig
Sabina De Geest
Lynn Leppla
Janette Ribaut

Adherence data analysis

19-21 November 2019

About the workshop

This workshop expands on previous ESPACOMP training in order to provide more practical tools, especially for early career researchers, to learn and perform analyses of adherence data from multiple sources in a supportive environment and interactive manner. The programme focuses on transparent and reproducible data analysis in R. It will cover R basics, adherence concepts, research design issues, hands-on demonstrations, and group and individual practice sessions using R on three data sources: electronic monitoring, electronic healthcare databases (prescription, dispensing or claims data), and self-report. Participants will be able to use the example datasets and code provided, and also to adapt code for their own datasets and research needs.

Workshop Leaders

Sam Allemann,
Alex Dima,
Isabella Locatelli,
Marie Schneider,
Bernard Vrijens
Ira Wilson

Motivational Interviewing

21 November 2019

About the workshop

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a collaborative conversation style for strengthening people’s motivation and commitment to change. It is an approach that has been demonstrated to enhance engagement and adherence in medical settings resulting in positive outcomes for patients. The aim of this interactive one-day workshop is to provide an introduction to motivational interviewing and expand your engagement skills. This workshop is intended for Portuguese-speaking healthcare professionals, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, including health psychologists, academics, educators, patient association managers, medicine agencies, pharmaceutical industry and other interested parties.

Workshop leaders

Daniela Dunker Scheuner, Motivational interviewing trainer
Rute Sampaio, Local coordinator
Juliet Forster
Todd Ruppar
Marie-Paule Schneider,

Registration fees

Registration fees are listed here below:

Deadline for online registration is November 15


The registration fees include:

Admission to the lectures and workshops

Admission to the welcome reception and meeting dinner

Meeting materials ( programme booklet, pen, pad )

Morning coffee break, buffet lunch, afternoon coffee break

For queries related to registration and payment, please contact the meeting secretariat at:

Authors’ Guidelines

Conference Location

The conference will be held at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Porto.

Address: R. Jorge de Viterbo Ferreira 228, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal


The annual meeting with be held at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Porto. There are many nearby accommodations, including both hotels and apartments. To identify accommodations, please search for proximity to the Faculty of Pharmacy: R. Jorge de Viterbo Ferreira 228, 4050-313, Porto, Portugal. One close option is the Eurostars Das Artes (Rua do Rosario, 160-164 Porto 4050-521 Portugal), which is approximately a 5-7 minute walk from the meeting venue.

We strongly advise participants to reserve their accommodation as soon as possible.

EACCME Accreditation

We are pleased to announce that ESPACOMP annual meeting is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®)

The ESPACOMP – Porto, Portugal, 21/11/2019-23/11/2019 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 10 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Meeting Dinner

The Gala Diner will be held at the following location:

Address: Rua do Agro nº 141(Caves Graham’s)4400-003 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Local Host

University of Porto, Faculty of Pharmacy

The Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Porto (FFUP, was established in 1921. Since then it has provided education, research and development in the field of pharmaceutical sciences. In addition to the transmission of scientific knowledge and skills, FFUP has a constant concern with the human and ethical dimensions, graduating professionals of excellence in the different areas of the pharmaceutical sciences. The faculty is one of the most renowned and sought-after institutions in Portugal, due to the experience and skills of the highlyqualified teaching and research staff, the quality of training provided and the type of research performed. The Faculty currently offers an integrated master in Pharmaceutical Sciences, six masters and seven PhD programs, some of them in collaboration with other institutions. The academic staff is integrated in four R&D Units (classified as Outstanding, Excellent and Very Good). These research units are focused on many different research fields, covering subjects such as analytical chemistry, bromatology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, biotoxicology, environment, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, pharmaceutical technology, pharmacology and phytochemistry. FFUP is highly active and productive as far as scientific research is concerned, holding one of the top positions in the ranking of the scientific production at University of Porto. Official images of Faculty and additional information are available here:

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