Our 9th biennial INVOLVE conference took place on 26 and 27 November 2014 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham. It was our largest conference so far with:
Thanks to all of the presenters, poster exhibitors, delegates and conference organisers for making INVOLVE 2014 such a success.
Resources from the conference, including abstracts, posters and photographs are now available in the conference area of our website: www.involve.nihr.ac.uk/involve2014/conference/
Keynote speakers were Russell Hamilton (Director of Research and Development at the Department of Health) on public involvement in the changing landscape of the NHS, Simon Denegri (Chair of INVOLVE and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) National Director for Public Participation and Engagement) on the Breaking Boundaries review and Tracey Brown (Managing Director of Sense About Science), who spoke about the work of her organisation.
Interactive sessions in the main auditorium were popular. On day one, Sally Crowe facilitated a ‘Sharing experiences and impact of public involvement on research’ discussion and voting session, which captured delegates’ experiences of public involvement and offered the chance to vote on whether those experiences and their impacts were largely positive (indicated by yellow cards) or negative (blue cards). On day two, Tina Coldham chaired a lively ‘Question Time’ debate with panel members Ade Adebajo, Peter Beresford, Ann-Louise Caress and Maggie Wilcox discussing topics such as how to safeguard the funding of public involvement in the current political climate, whether there has been progress with inclusion and diversity, and how the public involvement ‘movement’ could be more influential.
All conference poster presentations were entered into a plain English poster competition. Our team of judges were looking for posters that were jargon free, clear and easy to understand. Marks were awarded for language and design and the winners collected their prizes at the conference dinner. Congratulations to:
Several posters at the conference had a children and young people theme:
To view these posters and more search the conference database on our website at www.involve.nihr.ac.uk/involve2014/conference/
We were delighted to see so many people tweet about INVOLVE 2014 using #INVOLVE2014 (https://twitter.com/hashtag/involve2014). Several delegates also blogged their personal views and reflections on the conference, including:
People are already beginning to think about and plan for INVOLVE 2016…