19-20 November 2015 | John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh

The conference will begin at 9:30 on Thursday 19th November and will end at approximately 15:00 on Friday 20th November to allow for travel time home on Friday afternoon.  The conference dinner will take place on Thursday 19th within the John McIntyre Grounds, and will include a ceilidh and a pipe band.  You are in Scotland after all!

The conference theme for this year is ‘Collaborating for Better Public Health and Wellbeing’. We chose this theme for two reasons – firstly because collaboration is in our name, and integral to everything we do; we firmly believe that it is essential to effective public health policy, practice and research. Secondly, we hope that the conference might result in more collaborative ways of working in the future, both within and across our centres.

In an attempt to inspire, engage and motivate participants, the conference will not follow the traditional format of scientific plenary and parallel paper presentation sessions.  We want it to be lively and enjoyable; creative and inspirational. This year we hope that everyone will have the opportunity to talk, debate and share ideas. This includes both academic and non-academic members of the Centres.  So it doesn’t matter if you are a PhD student, a knowledge exchange officer, an administrator, an early career fellow or even a professor – all views and experiences are equal and respected.  Everyone can submit abstracts, run workshops or take part in many of the other activities that will be part of the conference. 

Although the timetable will include some plenaries, these will be given primarily by people in policy and practice we have chosen specifically to provide insights on some of the more complex issues that face public health. 

All the parallel session will focus very much on collaboration, and will be a mixture of Pecha Kucha and discussions.  There will also be workshops and these can be on a range of issues. ANYONE can submit an abstract for one of these sessions.

Into the mix we will be sprinkling methodology clinics, and marketplace activities.  We will have a creative space where people can view films and videos, and take part in crafts such as knitting.  

A  brochure for the Creative Space can be downloaded HERE.

Delegate places at the conference are free, as is the conference dinner on the 19th.  Additionally, fifteen complimentary bedrooms have been allocated per centre within the John McIntyre complex. For those people who cannot secure accommodation on site, Edinburgh does have a variety of competitively priced hotels close.  Please see the accommodation section of the site for more details. 


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The SCPHRP Organising Committee

(a collaboration of academics and non-academics)