Forthcoming events of interest

The Wales Cancer Conference

Date: 23 – 24 November 2017, 09:00 – 17:00
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff

The Wales Cancer Network and the Wales Cancer Partnership are coming together to host the Wales Cancer Conference in Cardiff on 23 & 24 November 2017. This conference will bring together the professional cancer community from across research and clinical disciplines.

Further information:

The Lancet National Public Health Conference 2017

Date: 24 November 2017
Mary Ward House, London

Call for Abstracts -  Public Health Science: A National Conference Dedicated to New Research in UK Public Health 

Both oral and poster presentation prizes will be awarded 

**Closing date for submissions is 19th June 2017** 

For more information click here

Tackling Cancer Together

Date: Saturday 25th November, 11am-3pm
Venue: Cardiff Story Museum, The Old Library Building, The Hayes, Cardiff

Register here:

or just come along on the day

Scrum and get us cancer!

No-one can win a rugby match on their own, it takes teamwork. Likewise, no one organisation can tackle cancer alone. Join us for a fun, informative and interactive family friendly event to see how different organisations are tackling cancer together, right here in Wales.

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MediWales Collaborative Unmet Need Event: Digitech

The day will focus on the benefits of sharing clinical and commercial expertise in improving patient health care and addressing clinical unmet needs.

Date: 27th November, St Asaph

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Diversity in Science and Engineering

A discussion organised by the Sêr Cymru National Research Networks

Date: 28 November 2017, 16.00-20.00
Venue: Mercure, Holland House Hotel, Cardiff City Centre

You are invited to join this event exploring diversity in the science and engineering community. The aim of this event is to increase awareness of barriers and challenges for a diverse research environment, and provide inspiration and advice to overcome those barriers and improve diversity in the academic community.

Four academic speakers from different backgrounds will give presentations on what diversity in the science and engineering community means to them, what barriers and challenges they have come across, and how to overcome such barriers to diversity. Following the presentations, there will be a reception and opportunity for networking with the speakers and attendees.

This event is free to attend but pre-registration is mandatory.

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2017 INVOLVE Conference: INVOLVE at 21

Date: 28 November 2017
Time: 09:30 - 16:45
Venue: Church House, Westminster

Celebrate the progress of public involvement in research and consider the opportunities ahead

The call for submissions is open until 28th April,  details can be found here 

If researchers what to discuss the implications of taking a member of the public to co-present  they can do so with the Public Involvement and Engagement team who can be contacted by email

Wales Kidney Research Unit annual meeting 2017

Date: 29 November 2017
Time: 09:00 - 16:00
Venue: Life Sciences Hub, Cardiff

Deadline for submission of abstracts and close of registration: 22 November 2017 

The main element of the day will be a series of update presentations by researchers from Wales and across the UK. There will also be a plenary discussion, with questions and answers.

In addition, an exhibition of students' posters will take place. It is still possible to submit an abstract and participate in this display and benefit from the networking opportunities that it will provide.

The Wales Kidney Research Unit is funded by Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales. Read more and register - or submit an abstract

Euro Primary Healthcare International Congress on Primary Healthcare & Family Medicine

Promoting Patient Safety through Primary Healthcare and Family Medicine

Date: November 29-30, 2017
Venue: Madrid, Spain

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Cwm Taf University Health Board Research & Development conference

Date: 30 November 2017
Time: 08:45 - 16:00
Venue: Conference Centre, Treforest Campus, University of South Wales

A day of talks, and exhibition of poster presentations, which will showcase the high quality Research & Development work being undertaken across the Health Board. Read more and register

UK HealthTech Conference UK

Date: 5th December 2017
Venue: Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff - £250 fee

HealthTech 2017 is a valuable day of briefings and networking for those within the life sciences and health technology communities, and clinicians from the NHS. The even will also provide an update on the latest developments on the UK Industrial Strategy and Brexit.  Find out more

Planning End of Life Care in Care Homes

Date: 6 December 2017
Time: 12:00 - 16:00
Venue: Scout Hut, Swansea, SA2 0AU

Learn about the work going on in Welsh care homes and discuss with care home staff, healthcare professionals and researchers the top priorities in improving end of life care in care homes. Read more and book your place

Priorities for social services in Wales - integration, regional working and the National Dementia Strategy

Date: 12 December 2017
Venue: Central Cardiff

This seminar will examine the priorities for social services in Wales. It comes as the Welsh Government prepares to introduce a Local Government Bill next year to improve the integration between local authorities and deliver social services at a regional level, following its consultation on the local government White Paper.

It will be an opportunity to consider the implementation of the Social Services and Wellbeing Act, including the effectiveness of regional partnership boards and the challenges involved with the introduction of pooled budgets for health and social care.

Delegates will also discuss the initial impacts of the first stage of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care Act which reformed workforce regulation and registration arrangements and established Social Care Wales. There will also be consideration of the implications of the second and third stages of the Act ahead of their implementation in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Delegates will discuss the effectiveness of the £60m Integrated Care Fund and the challenges and opportunities surrounding delivering social services at a regional level; including establishing governance arrangements, improving financial and workforce resilience and integrating local authorities.

More information.

UK HealthTech Conference

Date: 5 December 2017
Time: TBA
Venue: Mercure Holland House, Cardiff
Cost: £250

UK HealthTech 2017 is a valuable day of briefings and networking for those within the life sciences and health technology communities, and clinicians from the NHS. The event will also provide an update on the latest developments on the UK Industrial Strategy and Brexit. Read more and register

MediWales Innovation Awards Dinner

Date: 12th December, 6– 11.50pm
Venue: Cathay's Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP

We are delighted to announce that our twelfth annual awards competition will take place on the 12th December 2017. Over 300 VIPs and guests come together for this gala evening to celebrate the achievements of the NHS. Life science and health technology communities. Find out more

13th UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting: Working together for healthy living: Multidisciplinary behavioural medicine

Date: 13-14 December 2017
Venue: Hilton Liverpool
The Society invites all behavioural and public health researchers, clinical practitioners, epidemiologists, health and clinical psychologists, medical sociologists, health economists, nurses, pharmacists and all other colleagues interested in the field of behavioural medicine to participate in this two day meeting.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers:

Prof Zubin Austin (University of Toronto)
Chris Boardman, MBE in conversation with Prof Greg Whyte (Liverpool John Moores University)
Prof Trudie Chalder (King's College London)
Sir Muir Gray, CBE (University of Oxford)

More information.

NCCPE Engage Conference 2017

Date: 6-7 December
Venue: Bristol

Registration is now open for the NCCPE Engage Conference 2017. Engage 2017 will take stock of what we are learning about collaborative approaches to engagement. Looking across the spectrum of collaboration, it will showcase cutting edge practice and share the latest thinking from within higher education and beyond. 
Find out more and register

South West Qualitative Research Symposium: How do we belong? Researcher positionality within qualitative inquiry

Date: 31 January 2018
Venue: Chancellors' Building, University of Bath

The Qualitative Methods Forum at the University of Bath, in association with the South West
Qualitative Research Network, is pleased to announce a call for papers for the Fourth Annual South West Qualitative Research Symposium entitled: How do we belong? Researcher positionality within qualitative inquiry.

Abstract due date: 3 November 2017

More information.

HiAP 2018: A Strategy for Improving Population Health

Date: 6th February 2018
Venue: RSM London

This conference will ensure that attendees are informed about the health, equity and sustainability consequences of various policy development process, allowing them to improve the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.

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Public Health Wales Research Showcase

Public Health Research, Policy and Practice Conference

Date: Thursday 8th March 2018, 09:30-15:00
Venue: Hadyn Ellis Building, Cardiff

Public Health Wales’ Policy, Research and International Development Directorate are hosting an event to showcase the impact of research from across Public Health Wales together with our partners.

A panel debate will discuss ‘How can research influence policy and practice in Wales?’

There will be the option to submit a poster abstract at registration!

This event is FREE to attend and open to all Public Health Wales staff and collaborators with an interest in public health research.

You are welcome to share this flyer with colleagues

To book, please visit Eventbrite by clicking here

Getting Wales Moving: Delivering on the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act

What are the economic opportunities of a more skilled and physically active Wales?

Attend for a new approach to progressive networking, thought provoking presentations and contribute to panel debates - all designed to accelerate and enhance outcomes

Date: 15 February 2018
Venue: Hilton Cardiff Hotel

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act provides the encouragement, permission and obligation to make the changes needed and drastically improve the economic, physical and mental wellbeing of current and future generations through the creation of a healthier, more prosperous, more cohesive and more resilient society.

A fundamental feature of the WBFG Act was to create the role of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. Since taking up this role, Sophie Howe has shown that she is determined to support a move away from the tick box approach to duties and responsibilities and towards a real integrated long term approach to delivering services that supports people now and into the future through a radical and collaborative approach to service delivery.

To this end a strategic plan 2017 - 2023 has been formed and consists of a series of themes and principles, one of which centres around the importance of embedding and designing in physical literacy and activity across all demographics and age ranges irrespective of social circumstance and privilege.

This conference will focus on exploring key areas for action which tackle the causes and consequences of the likely impacts of future generations health and wellbeing. The conference will seek ideas and solutions around the following areas:

  • How can we become healthier for longer?
  • What skills, training and support do our communities need to thrive?
  • What do the WBFG 5 ways of working mean for daily delivery?
  • What are the economic opportunities of a more skilled and physically active Wales?

More information.

Save the date:  BioWales 2018

Date: 6-7 March 2018

Save the Date - BioWales 2018! Join us at one of the largest Life Sciences conferences in the UK, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, UK.  

Abstract call: South West SAPC Regional Meeting 2018

Date: 13th and 14th March 2018
Venue: Plymouth,  Building primary care for the future - research, education and practice 

We are pleased to let you know that registration and abstract submission for the South West SAPC Regional Meeting are now open, and would be grateful if you could please circulate information about the event and encourage attendance.

The South West Regional Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care will take place at the University of Plymouth in 2018, hosted by the Community and Primary Care Research Group, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. The conference opens at 12:00 on Tuesday 13th March and closes at 14:00 on Wednesday 14th March, and we will also host a post conference student and trainee workshop which will include presentations.

We will be delighted to receive abstracts from senior and early career researchers, educators, teachers and students, as well as individuals involved in service development, from the academic primary care community.

Submitted work can include research in progress as well as educational or service developments.
Abstracts should be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 21st November 2017. 

For further details about the conference, registration and to submit your abstract, please visit

We are also seeking external peer reviewers and session chairs, please contact for more information.

Involving People Network Annual Meeting 2018

Date: 21 March, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 16:15
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff 

Calling all researchers!  This event is an opportunity to involve the public in your research.

We are building on the successes and lessons learnt from last year’s pitches and inviting you to present your research project or idea in a collaborative workshop at the Involving People Network annual meeting on 21 March 2018.

Find out more and apply for a session

BJGP Research Conference

Date: 23rd March 2018, London

*Register before 19th December to save 15%

The conference is a remarkable opportunity to present your research work in a constructive, peerreviewed environment , hear from leading figures in primary care research, and acquire new skills in writing, appraisal and presentation. More information

The 2018, 999 EMS Research Conference will be hosted by the Scottish Ambulance Service in Stirling in collaboration with PRIME Centre Wales Swansea on

Date: 26th & 27th March 2018
Venue: Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling FK9 5PH


Registration open at:

Details can alsobe found on our website


Date: April 18-19, 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

Save the date - WONCA World Health Conference 2018

Healing the heart of healthcare

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

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WONCA Europe

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.

Krakow - charming, mediaeval city, and an old capital of Poland welcomes you and offers its tradition, history, culture and unforgettable atmosphere of a magic place, which attracts every year millions of visitors. We hope that in May 2018 you will be among them.

Abstract submission open now until 30 November 2017.

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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.