The aim of the Symposium is to explore emerging issues within and develop a deeper understanding of the evolving concept of ‘research uptake. It will likely include a mix of individual presentations, focused discussions, participatory debates, and keynote speeches.
The Training Exchange will centre around a range of skills associated with research uptake activities. The training sessions will vary in duration, and attendees will be able to choose which sessions to attend. The trainings will be provided by a mix of relevant individuals or organisations for a set fee of ' training tokens'. Tokens can either be earned through delivering a training (which is why it is considered a training exchange!) or purchased for US$25 each.
The initiative sprang from the policy influence and research uptake (PIRU) strand of work within the Future Health Systems consortium. In particular, it came from two main challenges:
- Even research uptake is bound by thematic silos: In the health sector, for example, research uptake is more commonly referred to as knowledge translation. But there's a lot to be learned by sharing approaches across disciplines.
- Capacity development for research uptake is often done within specific projects: As such, they are often led by individuals who have specific strengths and weaknesses. By attempting to convene a range of capacity building experts, individual projects with research uptake capacity building requirements can take advantage of the diversity of trainers to ensure more targeted and tailored skills training for project stakeholders.
By coupling the Symposium with the Training Exchange, we hope to break down the traditional trainer/trainee dynamics and bring everyone’s shared expertise to the table.
We're currently in the early organisational stages. If you might be interested in attending, we'd be interested in hearing from you through our online survey, which will close on 3 July 2013.