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Medical Illustration Podcast - 2021 events!

Updated: Aug 26, 2022


Welcome to a special quick episode of the Medical Illustration Podcast. This is your host, Paul Kelly. I wanted to share a few announcements about the medical illustration field. There’s actually a number of events taking place in the coming weeks and months, both locally and globally, and I wanted to share that information with folks.

Here in Toronto Canada, the University of Toronto grad program is celebrating it’s 75th year, and so the Biomedical Communications Alumni Association has put together a week of presentations on tools and techniques used in biomedical illustration and animation work. It’s called BMClasses, and the talks are focused on free or low-budget software. It’s going to be super cool so definitely join us next week, June 14th through the 18th, you can learn more about the event at

The Association of Medical Illustrator’s annual meeting is coming up soon, talks are scheduled for July 20th, 22nd, 24th, 26th, and the 28th of 2021.

Salon submissions are already closed, my sincerest apologies for not getting this episode out earlier, but meeting registration is officially open, so I’d recommend you to check out the meeting details at There’s a tonne of great presentations lined up for this year so definitely check out the meeting program.

Speaking of the AMI, I also just wanted to give a shout-out to the AMI’s PR and Diversity committees, who have been doing a great job on social media recently putting out a lot of updates and videos including some great interviews. Even if you’re not a member of the AMI, if you follow them on the major social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, you’ll get to see some of these videos and a lot of other great updates to learn more about the field. The AMI has been putting up the full video interviews on Vimeo, these are available to everyone:


I also want to shine some light on some other medical illustration and scientific visualization organizations.

The BioCommunications Association (BCA) is a great group of folks many of whom have expertise in medical and scientific photography. They converted their annual BioComm meeting to a virtual format and since January of this year they’ve been hosting presentations. The event is still running and the next presentation is on June 23rd, 2021 by James Hayden, who will be hosting a confocal microscopy workshop. Check out site to learn more.

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) is hosting its 2021 Visual SciComm Conference on July 17, 18, 24 and 25, 2021. Registration opened on June 7th and closes July 14, 2021. You can find out more at or follow them on social media, just search GNSI on Facebook or Twitter.

There’s a medical illustration organization based in Europe, Association Européenne des Illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques (AEIMS) who will be hosting their annual congress as a part of the Anatomy and Beyond Congress set to take place on August 25th, 2021. If circumstances allow they’re going to try to host this in-person in Riga, Latvia, but if covid restrictions are still in place it looks like they’re prepared to go virtual with it. It also looks like the Medical Artists' Association of Great Britain will be a part of that event. You can follow the MAA on Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.

There’s another medical illustration organization based in the UK, the Institute of Medical Illustrators, or IMI. They have a Service and Skills Update event taking place on September 17th and October 1st I just found out about and this sounds pretty cool. It’s a series of presentations and workshops on photography, video, graphics and medical illustration services and skills. You can learn more at

So that’s a quick update of all sorts of great stuff happening in the industry, if you know of any other events taking place this summer please shoot me a message and let me know, you can comment on this episode wherever you listen to podcasts or shoot me an email at

Thanks so much for listening and I hope you’re staying safe and healthy!

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Aug 06, 2021

Thank you, Paul Kelly, for all the great links. Your efforts go far to furthering interest and education in your field, to the benefit of many other professionals.

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