The 1st Clinical Trials Methodology Conference in Bristol in 2011 was severely over subscribed, so this was the first I was able to attend.
Holding a conference for over 700 people in December in Edinburgh might not be the best timing, but luckily there wasn't much call to leave the venue.
The highlights for me
- a good range
- sufficient material on delivering pragmatic trials
- meeting people
My major downside was being unable to spot required knowledge for sessions, mostly related to statistics. It's entirely reasonable that sessions at a conference like this expect in depth statistical knowledge, but this is an event about trials methods, not just statistics - and it would behove either presenters to build up better to the statistics they present, or the organisers to indicate in the abstracts what statistical knowledge is required to appreciate a session.
Assuming there is a 3rd CTMC, I'm planning to attend.