Former health adviser to the London Mayor confirmed to speak at Fuse conference

National consultant Helen Walters will share her experience, insights and work to bring together public health practice and research at the Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health.

Dr Walters is a public health consultant for the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) based at the University of Southampton.  She has previously been head of health for the Mayor of London and director of public health at Westminster City Council.

Speakers already announced

Heather McKay, Professor at the University of British Columbia, has developed many research partnerships between government ministries, community and research partners to collectively address child and older adult health problems in Canada.  She will reflect on the challenges and setbacks of developing these partnerships.

Heather McKay 2

Jet Bussemaker, former Deputy Minister of Health and Professor of Health Policy, Science and Societal Impact at Leiden University in the Netherlands.  She is currently chair of the Council for Health and Society, the strategic advisory council to the Ministry of Health and therefore well placed to talk about setbacks in knowledge exchange at the policy and research interface.

Jet Bussemaker

22-23 September 2020

Fifth Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health
"Learning from Setbacks and Successes"
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


The conference will make a welcome return to North East England next year.  We have partnered with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research in Canada, Cornell University in the USA, and Tilburg and Erasmus Universities in the Netherlands, to deliver what we hope will be an even bigger and better conference on all things knowledge exchange. 

Conference theme

The daring topic for the conference is "Learning from setbacks and successes". While the evidence base on successful practices in knowledge exchange is growing rapidly, much less attention has been given to documenting setbacks when academics, practitioners and policy makers collaborate (or not!) to develop, exchange or use different types of evidence. We believe that learning from these setbacks is just as important, if not more crucial, than celebrating successes.

The conference aims to create a safe space in which academics, practitioners and policy makers can reflect together on the potential threats to successful knowledge exchange, in order to develop important lessons on how knowledge exchange practices and research can be improved, turning setbacks into successes.

Registration will open 30 March 2020, early-bird rates until 14 May 2020.  Visit the conference website for more details:

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Last modified: Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:18:39 GMT