13-14 April: UK KMb Forum 2015

It’s just one month to go until the Second Annual UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum, taking place on 13-14 April 2015 at the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh.

And I have to say, I’m getting quite tingly…  the programme looks fab.  Overall, it’s a heady mix of theory and practice in knowledge mobilisation.

It’s great for researchers and knowledge producers, it’s superb for knowledge brokers, and it’s fascinating for practitioners and knowledge users.  And it’s very exciting to be able to have representatives from all those perspectives together from multiple sectors for the kinds of sharing and conversations that often happen separately.

Together – we make connections matter.

You can register on the Royal College of Physicians events website – only £250 including dinner.

This is a participatory forum – not just a ‘get talked at’ conference – and everyone has an opportunity to take the mike early on day one to say what’s on their minds, and to provide an opportunity for people to spend some time working on that particular knowledge mobilisation issue, challenge or problem.  Sounds vague and chaotic?  Maybe, but it also provides ‘open space’ for the real issues to be discussed.

So, other than us chickens, what else is on?

  • Duncan Dunlop, CEE of Who Cares? Scotland will be joined by his colleagues to tell the story of how they have influenced national policy by addressing identified problems for people who have experience care as young people.  A superb story about taking the knowledge gained from lived experience and acting on it in a positive and practical way.
  • A panel will debate Frameworks for Impact: the theory and the practice.  Panel members will include David Phipps, from Research Impact & York University, Canada, Sarah Morton of Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh, Karen Ritchie from Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Ann Wales from NHS Education for Scotland.
  • Delegates who have successfully contributed posters will share their work in chaired poster walks.  Abstracts have been accepted from health, social care, social policy, agriculture, environment, government, education and more…  in each walk delegates will vote for a poster to be presented to the whole conference on Day 2.
  • Alison Petch, Director of IRISS (Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services) will be exploring ways in which this knowledge brokerage organisation has evolved and how this may or may not relate to theories of knowledge mobilisation.
  • A session on how the Scottish Government has spread and shared knowledge on efficiency and quality will be presented by Shona Cowan, Programme Manager.
  • The first day rounds off with a drinks reception and networking dinner, all included in the delegate fee.
  • Early on day two there are a host of sessions to choose from to support delegates professional development.  Sessions will include entrepreneurship, partnerships, brokering roles, digital and social media, imagining your KMb future and more…
  • There’ll be the winning poster presentations, as selected by delegates on Day1.
  • Peter Levesque, President & CEO Institute for Knowledge Mobilisation & Knowledge Mobilisation Works will present the latest on the Canadian Perspective on knowledge mobilisation.
  • Sandra Nutley, Professor of Public Policy and Management and Director of the Research Unit for Research Utilisation at St Andrews University will be presenting her latest work and perspectives.
  • Finally, Jack Black, of Mindstore International will be making a bid to influence your thinking to help you succeed.  He wants to send you away motivated and inspired to take your ideas, learning and inspiration from the forum and back into the workplace…

Register on the Royal College of Physicians events website – only £250 including dinner. Supported places may be available for those who find funding is a barrier to be able to participate.  Contact c.howe@imperial.ac.uk for more information.

Look us up on twitter: @UKKMbF and #UKKMbF15

Read the report about last year’s event if you want to know more about how the forum works.

Find out about our sister event in Canada, the Canadian Knowledge Mobilisation Forum. #ckf15

See you in Edinburgh!


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