Date(s) - 09 Jun 2020 - 10 Jun 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research



Covid-19 Update


Date: 13th March 2020


As you are aware there are significant developments with regards to the Covid-19 virus. As conference organisers we are monitoring the situation and are currently considering all options including the possibility of rescheduling. With the conference approximately ~3 months away we intend to wait a few weeks before making any final decisions. With the likelihood that there could be an alteration to the date we wish to advise all delegates not to make any travel plans that can’t be altered.
We intend to have another update by the 18th April 2020.

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The Pistoia Alliance UXLS Project Team will be holding its 3rd Annual Conference at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th June 2020. The Pistoia Alliance UXLS project and community enables UX practitioners to share UX best practices in the life sciences. Find out more about us at


User Experience is the science of conducting research with end users of digital products (software, websites, mobile apps, connected devices, etc.) and using the insights gained from that research to design products which are as easy to use as possible. The conference is specifically focussed for UX practitioners in the life sciences field and will have a mixture of hands-on interactive sessions in addition to seminar style talks.


Who should attend?

The conference aims to empower UX in the life sciences R&D and is specifically for anyone with an interest in applying UX in the life sciences such as

  • User Researchers
  • UX Designers / Interaction Designers
  • Information Architects
  • Content Strategists
  • UX Engineers / Software developers / UI Designers
  • Business Analysts
  • Product Owners


Keynote speakers

We have the following amazing keynote speakers lined up.

Dimitris Agrafiotis

CIO of Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Dimistris Agrafiotis



Claudio Mirti

Principal Solution Specialist – Data & AI, Microsoft

Claudio Mirti


Conference programme

The conference will consist of a number of plenary sessions. The plenary sessions will be held in parallel to some workshop sessions. We will have a networking reception on the evening of the 9th June 2020.


Call for speakers

The call for speakers is now closed.


Conference Programme Team

Our conference programme is put together by UX practitioners in the field of R&D life sciences who represent a wide berth of organisations and experiences. We are grateful to this years team of Caroline Little (AstraZeneca), Julie Morrison (RockStep Solutions), Marek Nowakowski (NIBR), Michael Wilson (Perkin Elmer), Simon Fortenbacher (GSK) and Sven Neumeyer (NIBR).



This event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors.



Call for sponsors

If you have a product and/or service offering in the UX for Life Sciences, then we would like to hear from you. By sponsoring our events you will be networking with some of the most influential figures in the industry. Our sponsors get involved to:

  • Enhance brand recognition
  • Showcase new products
  • Maintain existing relationships
  • Meet prospective clients

Please contact Zahid Tharia for sponsorship opportunities.


Code of conduct

All delegates are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.