Second NIHR SPHR Researchers’ Network Event takes place

Speed Dating


On 9th March 2016, more than 50 members of the NIHR SPHR Researchers’ Network gathered for a pre-conference event ahead of the SPHR Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).  The event followed the ASM’s theme of ‘Knowledge into Practice,’ as well as providing an opportunity for researchers across the school to meet.

NIHR SPHR Director Jon Nicholl opened the event, encouraging researchers to play a role in shaping the direction of the second phase of SPHR.  The first activity was a researcher speed dating session (above image) where backgrounds and work interests were frantically exchanged over the course of a minute before the ASM’s infamous air-horn signalled it was time to move on to the next ‘date.’

The presentations covered two different aspects of knowledge into practice.  Firstly, Lynn Hobson (Parliamentary Outreach and Engagement Service) spoke about ways in which researchers can access MPs with their research findings, and the ways in which those in Parliament utilise research.  Sara Ronzi (LiLac) then detailed her work in engaging communities in research in the context of age-friendly cities.  Sara worked with older people in Liverpool using photo-voice techniques in which participants took photos that represented their area to them, culminating in a photo exhibition in a community setting.

An interactive poster session also took place where delegates could leave questions for poster presenters on their current work.  Finally, the future of the Researchers’ Network was discussed, with many ideas emerging.  One popular suggestion was a funding stream within SPHR for collaborative projects for early-career researchers across multiple institutes.  This was taken forward to the future of SPHR soapbox discussion at the ASM.

Twitter activity from the day has been captured in a Storify.

The SPHR ResNet Committee would like to thank everyone who came along to the event for making it such a success.  Thanks to those involved in organising the event, our speakers and everyone who participated on the day.

Delegates should have received an email requesting feedback for the event (alongside the ASM).  If you haven’t do so yet, please complete this asap, as your feedback will be essential in shaping the next event: