By Stuart Eglin, Chair of INVOLVE 2012 Conference Planning Group
On behalf of the INVOLVE 2012 Conference Planning Group I am delighted to welcome you to the conference edition of our newsletter. We are all looking forward to an inspiring couple of days in Nottingham.
We hope that this conference ‘Putting people first in research’ will provide a unique forum for people with a common interest in public involvement in health and social care research.
This time we received an unprecedented number of applications to present a huge range of talks, workshops, speed sessions and audio-visual presentations. In addition, we were overwhelmed by the incredibly high quality of the posters that were submitted this year and have tried to made sure that the programme has opportunities on both days for people to view and discuss the posters with the presenters.
In this newsletter we have four inspiring articles from projects that will be presenting at the conference. I chose these projects to illustrate the breadth and diversity of the work we are going to hear from and which I have no doubt will lead to many thought-provoking debates and discussions throughout the two days.
I am also pleased that the conference will highlight some of the work that INVOLVE has been doing, for example:
If this is the first time that you have attended an INVOLVE conference look out for the conference guide with tips and information on what to expect, which we hope will help you get the most out of the event. We welcome feedback so please do let us know what you find interesting and other issues or information you would like included in future conferences.
And finally, you can keep up with the latest conference news and views by following us on twitter Follow @NIHRINVOLVE (#INVOLVE2012), by reading our INVOLVE conference blog, or after the conference by viewing the presentations, film clips and photographs on our website.
I look forward to meeting you at the conference.