Registration open for the Fuse International Conference 2020

Fourth keynote speaker confirmed and programme announced for the 5th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health.

We are delighted to announce Dr Vicky Ward, Associate Professor in Knowledge Mobilisation from the University of St Andrews in Edinburgh, as our fourth keynote speaker.  She is a former NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow and leads the UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum. Dr Ward's research focuses on how groups of people, including healthcare practitioners, managers and researchers, create and share knowledge. 

22-23 September 2020

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


Conference programme announced

The conference programme is now live on the website. We hope that you will be spoiled for choice with around 50 innovative sessions on a wide range of topics including:

  • challenges in using evidence in policy making;
  • showcasing innovative tools and practices;
  • exploring collaborative approaches to working with vulnerable groups, and;
  • reflecting on how to research knowledge exchange.

Whether you are interested in joining the cabaret of dangerous ideas, to discuss 'smashing the hierarchy (or build a new one?)', keen to participate in a fishbowl on participatory action research, or prefer to learn more about a knowledge broker randomised controlled trial in a gallery space, there are plenty of opportunities to interact with participants from across the world on anything and everything knowledge exchange.

See the full conference programme here

Registration now open

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open! We appreciate in these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic that it might be challenging to commit to registering for the conference. Therefore, we have extended the early bird rate deadline to 1 June.

Moreover, to enable learning from this crisis we have dedicated a panel session on Day 1 of the conference to reflect and share learning on science communication and knowledge exchange in response to COVID-19.

We are currently planning to hold the conference as scheduled on the 22-23 September 2020 in Newcastle, UK and are reviewing arrangements for this on a regular basis with the planning group to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our participants.

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Speakers already announced

Helen 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.  Dr Walters will share her experience, insights and work to bring together public health practice and research.

Helen Walters

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

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.

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