October 7, 2021By Lance Baily

European Simulation Research Network (SiReN) Virtual Meeting October 14, 2021

As part of the organization’s strategic plan, the European Simulation Research Network (SiReN) is has announced a third SiReN meeting following an inaugural event at the SESAM 2019 meeting in Glasgow. This year’s European Simulation Research Network (SiReN) Virtual Meeting will take place on October 14, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. All healthcare simulation researchers and educators are invited to attend this virtual event and encouraged to come prepared to network and learn from industry peers. After the organization’s inaugural meeting established some network principles and assigned volunteers to key roles SiReN is now excited to focus this upcoming meeting on current research projects. Further, the organization intends to have direct mentee-mentor discussions and will include mini-workshop-like sessions on simulation research topics relevant to the SESAM audience.

This event will feature current research via short ALERT (Advanced Look Exploratory Research Template) presentations. Presenters will have the opportunity to get tailored feedback from experienced researchers and other attendees to improve their projects or develop collaborations. According to SESAM, this is an excellent opportunity to showcase work, develop work further with tailored feedback, and engage with a network of simulation researchers.

ALERT presentations will also be featured and consist of five-minute presentations that encapsulate new simulation-based research ideas (as a new ALERT). SESAM shares that the idea behind these presentations is to portray the distilled essence of a study. The concept of ALERT presentations has been adapted by SESAM on the model developed by the organization’s partner research organization, the International Network for Simulation Based Research (INSPIRE).


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The ALERTs are presented in this format back-to-back. Once the presentation is delivered, the presenter will be assigned a small table where they will discuss their project with up to 10 participants, receive feedback, and in turn have the opportunity to give feedback to others. SESAM’s ultimate goal is to give each team the feedback and networking they need to launch a successful single or multi-site study.

Note: This year’s SiReN Meeting will take place the day before Winter School, which will begin on January 7, 2022. Those interested in participating in the school can register free of charge to attend this meeting using this registration site – or they can choose to register for both events.

Each year, the SESAM Winter School convenes a group of interested members to explore a topic of shared and common interest. Faculty for the winter school is tasked with working on specific questions relating to this topic and committed to publishing their findings. Winter School 2021 will address the issue of debriefing in clinical simulation, and specifically how cultural differences can influence and impact the efficacy of that process

Those who require any assistance with their registration can contact Abi Bennett by email at [email protected] or by telephoning +44 (0) 1745 828400


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More About SiReN

The European Simulation Research Network is a grass-roots, collaborative group of simulation researchers working at all levels—from novice researchers through to experienced research colleagues—supported by SESAM. In 2019, SESAM launched the SiReN Research Network, drawing together those with an interest in simulation research across Europe and beyond.



SiReN also shares a common vision with colleagues from INSPIRE of an inclusive clinical simulation research network. The organization also shares the goal of promoting and encouraging the exchange of ideas, data, and projects.

More About SESAM

The Society in Europe for Simulation, formerly known as The Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine, is the world’s longest-running healthcare simulation organization. The mission of SESAM is to encourage and support the use of simulation in health care for the purpose of training and research.

The SESAM constitution shares that the purpose of the registered association is to develop and apply simulation throughout education, research, and quality management in medicine and healthcare settings. The society also works to facilitate, exchange and improve upon the technology and knowledge related to healthcare simulation across Europe.

In working to achieve these goals, SESAM has established an official open-access journal, named Advances in Simulation. The journal includes articles relevant to simulation that includes the study of health care practice, human factors, psychology, sociology, anthropology, communication, teamwork, human performance, education, learning technology, economics, biomedical engineering, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, therapeutics, scientific computation, simulation modeling, population studies, theatre, craft, program evaluation and more.

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