Forthcoming events of interest

Roadshow for Health Professionals

As part of the Genomics for Precision Medicine Strategy, colleagues from the Wales Gene Park are visiting each of the health boards and trusts to engage with health professionals about genomics. At each stop, there will be two short talks on genomics, from a clinical and a laboratory perspective.

The following afternoon visits have been confirmed so far: 

  • 11 April 2018, Royal Gwent Hospital
  • 16 May 2018, Swansea University
  • 20 June 2018, Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli

Further dates are still being arranged, and there may also be a possibility of attendance by video link. If you're interested in going along, please contact the Wales Gene Park by email

National GP ACF Annual Conference 

Date: Thursday, 12 April 2018 to Friday, 13 April 2018
Venue: Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

The two day National Primary Care Conference is an annual conference for academic GP trainees, their supervisors, programme leads and the wider academic primary care community. The aim of the conference is to inform and inspire those in the early stages of a career in academic primary care.

Further information

RDCS Research Ideas Event - Developing a Successful Research Idea

Date: Monday 16th April 2018
Venue: Cardiff University (Glamorgan Building)

The Research Design and Conduct Service (RDCS), based in the Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University, will be hosting a one-day research ideas event (free of charge) on Monday 16th April 2018.

The event is aimed at those employed in the Health and Social care sectors who have early stage ideas for research projects and is ideal for both first-time researchers or seasoned researcher who want to develop a new idea.

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HEALTAC-2018: UK Healthcare Text Analytics Conference

Date: 18-19 April 2018
Venue: Manchester

The HealTAC 2018 aims to bring the academic, NHS, industrial and patient communities together to discuss the current state of the art in processing the healthcare narrative and share experience, results and challenges.

We invite various types of submissions, including papers, posters, PhD student papersdemos and panels, that propose ways to address the variety of aspects involved in using healthcare free text, including but not limited to

  • Information extraction from healthcare free-text: identification of clinical variables and their values in free-text
  • Medical ontologies and coding of healthcare text
  • Machine-learning approaches to healthcare text analytics
  • Processing patient-generated data (e.g. social media, health forums, diaries)
  • Processing clinical literature and trial reports
  • Integration of structured and unstructured resources for health applications
  • Text analytics and learning health systems
  • Real-world application of text analytics
  • Real-time processing of healthcare free-text
  • Sharing resources for healthcare text analytics (data and methods)
  • Public engagement, privacy and text analytics
  • Evaluation and assessment of text analytics methods
  • Text mining for veterinary medicine
  • Processing speech in healthcare applications
  • Phenotyping and patient matching

Details on how to submit a contribution can be found at

ExChange Exchange Practitioner Workshop: End of Life Care for People with Disabilities

Date: 23rd April 2018
Venue: Glamorgan Building, Cardiff

This event report on a major study of the last months of life of people with learning disabilities living in LD services in the UK. 

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Are rural areas a good place to grow old?

Date: 25 April 2018
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Venue: Swansea University

This seminar from the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research will explore demographic and economic changes to life in rural areas of Wales over the last century. Read more and register

WONCA World Health Conference 2018

Healing the heart of healthcare

Date: 27-29 April 2018
Venue: New Delhi, India

Half the world's population currently live in rural and remote areas. The rural-urban divide is a consistent feature across the world, existing in all regions and within all countries and poses a major challenge to the nationwide provision of health services.

WRHC 2018 is being organised in the background of aspiration for achieving Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Health is centrally placed in the SDG 2030 agenda. The health goal (SDG3) is comprehensive: 'to ensure healthy lives and promote well being for all at all ages'. The implementation of SDGs needs every country to judiciously prioritise, and adapt the goals in accordance with local challenges, capacities and resources available.

A country's approach must systematically and simultaneously address legal coverage and rights, health-worker shortages, extension of health-care protection, and quality of care. 15th WONCA World Rural Health Conference is an apt opportunity to bring stake holders from all over world; bringing together international best practices and brainstorming sessions addressing current and future challenges in rural health.

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Science Engagement as Global Diplomacy

Hosted byWCIA/Learned Society of Wales/Cardiff University

Date: 30 April 2018
Venue: Temple of Peace, Cardiff

Professor Robin, Grimes, will explore the UK government’s work on science diplomacy. In an area often seen by the public as secretive and complex, Robin will explain how science is enhancing our ability to act in ways that our advance our national needs and also address global challenges.

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Supporting Children To Get The Best Start In Life: How Do We Know What Works?

Mike Robling's Inaugural Lecture

Date: 10 May 2017, 17:30 – 19:30
Venue: Michael Griffith Lecture Theatre, Heath Campus, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF14 4YS

Early childhood experiences can have an enduring impact upon a child’s long-term health and well-being. However, the individual, social, and economic circumstances faced by some new families means that getting a good start in life can be particularly difficult. For example, children of teenage mothers are more likely to have a lower birthweight, not be breastfed, be at greater risk of accidents and early death, do worse educationally and have more emotional and behavioural problems. 

Core support to all families through existing health and social services in the UK includes the work of community midwives and health visitors. Supporting families who may benefit from additional help is a priority for both national and local government. Such additional support can be costly but may be justified if children and families are found to benefit in the long run. The challenge for policy makers and professionals is identifying which families will benefit most, what programmes of support have the strongest evidence and which are of most relevance to families in the UK. 

Professor Robling will review some recent innovations in the UK aimed at enhancing life chances for both mother and child and in doing so explore the methodological, ethical and policy challenges when trying to establish what works for families. 

Booking required at


2018 Annual NHS R&D Forum

Date: 14th & 15th May 2018
Venue: Celtic Manor, Newport Wales

2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the National Health Service and the NHS R&D Forum 2018 event will mark this important date. The 2018 Event promises to be one of the best Annual Forum to date.

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British Heart Foundation Research, innovation and investment in the future of healthcare

Date: 15 May 2018, 10am-4pm
Venue: Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay

Final details of BHF Cymru’s special event sponsored by Julie Morgan AM, at the Pierhead building, Cardiff Bay have been announced.  Please ensure you RSVP to Rhodri ab Owen, Positif by Tuesday 01 May 2018. 

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Scottish School for Primary Care Annual Meeting

Date: 17 May 2018 - 09:00
Venue: The Royal Society Edinburgh

Scottish School for Primary Care Annual Conference to be held on the 17th of May 2018 at the Royal Society of  Edinburgh. 

Our early-bird rate is available till Friday16 February 2018 only.

This year, our conference will be held in association with the Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC).  SAPC will award a free place to its conference in London for the best oral or poster presentation at the SSPC conference. 

The delegate rate (lunch included) is:

  • £145 (standard rate)
  • £115 (early-bird rate if booked before 16 February 2018)

Further information

Multimorbidity research at the cross-roads: developing the evidence for clinical practice and health policy

International Symposium

Date: 21 May 2018
Venue: Nobel Forum at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

Organisers: Journal of Internal Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, University of Exeter, Threads & Years Collaboration, KI Strategic Research Area in Epidemiology (SfoEpi).  Find out more

Book now to enjoy a unique educational play reflecting the experiences of individuals and families living with dementia

Date: 23 - 25 May 2018
Venue: Taliesin, Swansea University  

The bilingual play Belonging has been designed as a powerful, cost-effective approach to dementia training. It promotes a positive change in attitudes, and greater knowledge and compassion for people living with dementia than more traditional dementia training. To learn more, and to book some of the limited tickets, call the Taliesin box office on 01792 602060 or visit their website.

Dyspraxia: the Cinderella of developmental disorders

Date: 24 May 2018
Time: 17:00 - 19:00 
Venue: Cardiff University

Professor Amanda Kirby, University of South Wales, will highlight the latest understanding about the short and long-term impact of Developmental Co-ordination Disorder in children and adults. She will also discuss the importance of movement in everyday living and learning.  Read more and sign up

Rethinking Remote 2018 - Call for Abstracts

Date: 24 - 25 May 2018
Venue: Eden Court, Inverness

Rethinking Remote - Innovative Solutions in Remote and Rural Communities Healthcare



The Scottish Rural Health Partnership, based in the Highlands of Scotland seeks to foster thoughts and ideas sharing to find solutions to the many challenges of providing health care to remote and rural communities worldwide. Our wide network of national and international colleagues with involvement in remote and rural healthcare includes partners and stakeholders from academia, healthcare education, health and social care providers, the Armed Forces and Industry.

This year's conference is building on the success of the inaugural meeting of 2016 and has five principal themes relevant to remote healthcare - Emergency Management and Pre-hospital Care; Education and Professional Support; Community Engagement; Technology (including drones, robots, satellites and remote diagnosis and communication); Community Care (including physical and mental health and wellbeing).

The Rethinking Remote 2018 Conference will be having a poster session and four free papers sessions which will include 4 oral presentations in each session showcasing innovative work around the five themes of the conference. We will be inviting submissions which are examples of research, service development, an international perspective, multi-agency working. All abstracts that are accepted will entitle the author to register to the conference at the Early Bird discounted rate.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION will commence end January - 1 March 2018

Further information:

WONCA Europe 2018

Date: 24-27 May 2018
Venue: Krakow, Poland

WONCA Europe and the College of Family Physicians in Poland are pleased to invite you to the 23rd WONCA Europe Conference which will be held on 24 – 27 May 2018 in Krakow, Poland.

The theme of the Conference is "Family Medicine: Quality, Efficiency, Equity”.

Throughout Europe, General Practitioners and Family Doctors practice everyday to provide to their patients high quality primary medical care. They play a key role in the healthcare systems to make efficient use of limited resources and to assure equal care to all patients.

Nowadays, as Europe faces new crises, preserving these the universal values: Quality, Efficiency and Equity is a new challenge for all family physicians and we want to discuss them during the conference in Kraków. We invite researchers, educators, managers, but especially practising doctors to contribute to this debate.

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TEDxSwansea: embrace

Date: 2 June 2018
Time: 17:00 - 21:00
Venue: National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Deborah Morgan will be giving a talk entitled "A Life Less Lonely". Deborah is a researcher working in the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research and the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University. Read more

Cardiff Research and Development Conference

Date: 14 June 2018
Time: 08:45 - 16:25
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium

Research and Development Director Professor Chris Fegan will chair a day of talks and poster displays designed to showcase the studies carried out in Cardiff and Vale UHB, across a wide range of fields and teams. 
Read more and reserve your space

First International Social Prescribing Network Research Conference

Date: 14 June 2018
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Venue: University of Salford

Deadline for abstract submissions: 6 April 2018

This inaugural conference aims to bring the social prescribing research community together in one place for the first time.

This conference is open to delegates who have research, evaluation, implementation, monitoring, or other interests in social prescribing.

There is also a current call for abstracts, with submissions now being accepted for oral presentations and posters. Further information

Aneurin Bevan UHB Research & Development Conference 2018  - abstract submissions now open

Date: 19 June 2018
Time: 09:30 - 16:00
Venue: Christchurch Centre, Newport

Deadline for abstract submission: 6 April 2018

The theme of the conference is 'Research – Access All Areas'. You are invited to submit an abstract for either an oral or poster presentation on any of the following:

  • Innovative research that has led to a change in clinical practice
  • Patient experiences of research
  • Research that has led to service improvement/developments
  • Innovative grant applications

Read more and submit your abstract

MediWales Connects Conference 2018

Date: 20th June 2018
Venue: Swansea

The only event of its kind for the health and care community, MediWales Connects is an all Wales NHS collaboration conference

MediWales Connects brings together Welsh health boards, trusts and bodies within one place to connect & collaborate.

How can collaboration lead to change?

Conference Themes:

  • Designing Improvement
    Human centred design, design thinking, leadership for improvement
  • Demonstrating Impact
    How communicating evidence successfully can influence change
  • Re-engineering the Frontline
    The human approach, the technological approach and the interface between humans and technology
  • NHS People
    Improving the health and wellbeing of staff

Further information

Connected Health Summer School: Mobile health services and apps

Date: 25-28 June 2018
Venue: Artimino, Firenze, Italy

Over a period of 4 days, training activities will be delivered to empower students with the necessary knowledge to understand and apply the concept of Connected Health at three different levels:

  • Analysing user’s and service provider’s perspectives;
  • Technological challenges and opportunities;
  • Innovation and business perspectives. The main objectives of the Summer School is to share knowledge and best practices.

The Summer School will adopt both a multi-disciplinary and cross-sector perspective and will examine a number of exemplar Projects within both a European and International contexts.

This is a unique opportunity for early career researchers who are focusing on the research and development of new mobile health services and app. Training will be provided by a multi-disciplinary research and cross-sectoral team comprised of service providers, researchers, social and behavioral scientists, innovation managers and investors.

Previous years' events details can be viewed at:

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Bevan Commission International Conference 2018

Date: 3rd Jul 2018 - 4th Jul 2018
Venue: The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales

The Conference offers ‘A Call to Arms’ – challenging current thinking and practice to find sustainable solutions for health and care fit for the future.

Conference Objectives:

  • To reflect upon the origins of the National Health Service.
  • Share and debate the diversity of approaches across the UK and internationally.
  • Consider a new Prudent Social Model of health and care as a way of thinking and doing things differently.
  • Consider citizens ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ - health is everyone's responsibility.
  • Creating a climate to challenge and transform thinking and practice.
  • Finding and adopting innovative solutions to meet future needs with key partners.
  • Challenging health inequalities - finding practical actions for change.
  • Identify leadership challenges and solutions to transformational change.

Get 20% off the price of your ticket until 30th April 2018

Further information and registration

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ESRC Research Methods Festival 2018

Date: 3 - 5 July 2018, 09:00 - 17:15
Venue: University of Bath
Cost: From £45.00

This year's will be the eighth biennial festival. Previous events were highly successful in attracting around 800 social science researchers at various stages of their careers, from across a range of disciplines and sectors.

The programme - with some prominent keynote speakers already confirmed - will include 58 methodological sessions consisting of over 200 individual presentations, activities and discussions.   
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17th Welsh Stroke Conference

Date: 4 July 2018
Time: To be announced
Venue: All Nations Centre, Cardiff

The Welsh Stroke Conference - organised on behalf of the Welsh Association of Stroke Physicians and the Welsh Stroke Alliance - is one of the biggest multidisciplinary events in Wales and is a significant fixture in the educational calendar for stroke in the UK. Read more

Health Services Research UK Conference

Date: 4 & 5 July 2018
Venue: Burton Street Nottingham NG1 4BU

We are delighted to announce that the HSRUK Annual Conference will be held on 4 – 5 July 2018 at the Nottingham Conference Centre.

The HSRUK Conference presents the leading edge of health services research. The programme is multidisciplinary and includes research presentations and posters, and plenaries from research and service leaders. Delegates attend from a range of organisations: NHS and social care bodies, patient and citizen groups, universities and research institutes, industry and commercial knowledge consultancy, central and local government and the third sector.

For the first year the HSRUK Conference is very interested in receiving submissions focused on Global Health Services Research in Low, Middle and High income countries.

The Conference abstract call comprises:

*   Call for individual abstracts (presentation and/or poster)

*   Call for session proposals

Once again, all abstract submissions and session proposals will be uploaded via our online registration and abstract system. All correspondence in relation to abstracts and session proposals will come from


View the Call for Abstracts and Sessions. We are inviting abstracts on the following themes:

Further information:

Transforming Community & Public Health: Inspiring Future Generations

Date: 16th and 17th July 2018
Location: Swansea University, Bay Campus, Swansea. SA1 8EN

Swansea University in conjunction with the International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research (ICCHNR) are pleased to host an International Symposium focusing on Transforming Community and Public Health: Inspiring Future Generations, on the 16th and 17th July 2018.

The aim of the Symposium is to explore the impact and implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on addressing the health and wellbeing needs of today’s population and those of future generations.

This event is relevant for all nurses and other health and social care practitioners whether in practice, education or management whose focus is within community or primary care.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Open until the 1st March 2018. Guidance for poster abstracts and ViPER submissions can be found here:  Poster and ViPER guidance

Royal Statistical Society Conference

Date: 3-6 September 2018
Venue: Cardiff

Programme planning for the conference will be led by Daniel Farewell and Rhian Daniel from the School of Medicine at Cardiff University, who said: 'We're delighted the RSS Conference is returning to Cardiff. A lot has changed in the Welsh capital since last we met here in 2005: come and see what's new!'

Further details to follow.

The 8th EURIPA Rural Health Forum - Call for abstracts

The 8th EURIPA Rural Health Forumwill be held in Maale Hachamisha, Israel between 14 - 16 November 2018. The theme for this year’s Forum is

    “The challenge of the vulnerable and ageing population in rural medicine”

and will focus on the importance of delivering quality medical care in remote locations to the old, incapacitated and deprived.

The abstract submission is now been open and this can be done directly from the website, closing 16th September: