World Extreme Medicine News

…Our survey showed 70% of conference attendees leave feeling motivated to change their careers…

In 2019 we conducted a survey of past attendees of our World Extreme Medicine (WEM) conference and interestingly it revealed that the event has had a significant effect on the way in which medics and associated individuals who attended viewed their potential and future careers.

With 1,000 delegates and 100 speakers and workshop presenters over the 3 days, including some of the world’s most remarkable scientists, astronauts, medics and adventurers, we carried out the research to find out not only how attending the conference influenced individuals and their career choices, but to also ensure we keep providing you with awe-inspiring speakers, informative workshops and networking events that are most relevant, useful and interesting to you.

The survey told us:

  • Some 85% of attendees left with a different point of view and believed the content, main speakers and workshops to be mind-expanding.
  • 53% said it had expanded their view of what options were available and nearly 25% said they were not doing the job that they had originally intended to do before attending the conference.

Here is a selection of quotes taken from the survey responses that gives an idea of the multitude of opportunities that attending our EXTREME conference opens up:

Originally I didn’t really know what to do! I attended the humanitarian medicine day and absolutely loved it. Heard speakers from MSF and UK EMT, one talk included a video of a chemical attack near an MSF Hospital. All this inspired me to learn more about caring for critically unwell patients – and get a qualification in tropical medicine. I’m now a Clinical Fellow in intensive care medicine.

60% of the time I work in anaesthetics despite never experiencing this specialty during my formal medical training. I was in the right place at the right time and developing a portfolio career was certainly influenced by WEM.

I was a nurse in critical care before I attended my first conference. Through meeting people and networking, after the conference I had a few opportunities come my way which resulted in deployments from rescue ships to refugee camps. The conference really did expand my view of the options!

I had originally planned to be a surgeon! But I am now very happy to be a GP in final year training as it will give me more flexibility to incorporate expedition medicine into my career. The conference definitely motivated me.

Conference Founder Mark Hannaford said:

This survey gives us the feedback that we had hoped for. That gathering together some of the world’s most experienced medical minds truly makes a difference to young aspiring medics and seasoned campaigners alike.

It helps to broaden perspectives and, in many ways, we are proud to be able to make a contribution to influencing the provision of the best medicine in remote and extreme circumstances.


If you’re looking to enhance your knowledge and increase your skill set to ensure you are in the best position possible to further your medical career and become a more effective and highly valued practitioner – THIS is the conference for you!

With so many amazing career opportunities all over the world, what are you waiting for?

Feeling inspired? #WEM21 A New World Awaits…

Join us this year (13th – 15th Nov) for our 10 year anniversary, where for the first time in WEM history, you can either attend in person at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh or online via our brand new Virtual WEM Environment – we guarantee you an experience like no other! Book your place today!