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

Spotlight on Genomics: Editing & Sequencing for Healthcare and Beyond

Date: 18 –19 June 2018
Venue: Park Inn by Radisson, Cardiff (£50 one day £75 both days)

This two-day event in Cardiff will focus on genome editing (day one) and next generation sequencing-related technologies (day two). Experts will be presenting the latest findings and use of these technologies and both days include keynote speakers, short talks and presentations from selected poster sub-mission.

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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

Integrated Diagnostics Symposium

21 June 2018

This event on “Integrated Diagnostics” will provide an opportunity for colleagues from healthcare, academic and industry sectors to identify potential collaborative opportunities and to discuss the increasing funding landscape in this area.


Diabetes and exercise: Yes, you can!

Date: 23 June 2018
Time: 09:30 - 15:00
Venue: Swansea University

The Diabetes Research Unit Cymru is working with Diabetes UK to bring you a free public event delivering practical advice and information through inspirational talks around physical activity and diet for people living with diabetes. Read more and register

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:

Further information:

HealthWise Wales researcher workshop

Date: 26 June 2018
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Event: Insole Court, Cardiff

HealthWise Wales would like to invite you to attend a researcher workshop to meet the team and find out how you can use the HealthWise Wales resource for your research. Read more and register

Book now to have your say at an NWORTH event on research progress

Date: 26 June 2018
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Venue: George Building, Bangor University

Registration deadline: 19 June 2018

The Clinical Trials Unit in North Wales would like to invite you to a free event celebrating research progress as well as Health and Care Research Wales’ 3rd Birthday, the NHS’ 70th Birthday, and International Clinical Trials Day. There'll be an opportunity to learn about health and social care research in Wales and find out how you can contribute to current and future projects. Read more and register

Managing knowledge into action in health and care

Dates: 26 and 28 June 2018 
Time: 10:00 (both events)
Venues: Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham (26 June) and Park Inn Conference Centre, Cardiff (28 June)

These workshops are for all health and social care professionals and others working in NHS Wales. The contributions of all will be valued in efforts to answer questions of the translation of knowledge into action across health and care.

The results of these sessions will feed into the development of a work programme to improve how adoption of new thinking and practice gets to be implemented. Read more and reserve your place, in Wrexham or Cardiff

"What are we, who are we, and how can we help you with your research?"

Date: 28 June 2018
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Venue: Cardiff University

Dr Karen Reed, Wales Gene Park Operations Manager, will set out the structure and function of Wales Gene Park, highlighting the opportunities available for researchers and demonstrating how Wales Gene Park are supporting the implementation of the Welsh Government's Genomics for Precision Medicine strategy. Read more

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.

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.   
Read more and book

17th Welsh Stroke Conference

Date: 3-4 July 2018
Time: 08:15 - 17:30
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.
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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:

Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Meeting

Learning from Europe and Populations on the Move

Date: 10-12 July 2018
Venue: London

The SAPC annual conference brings together researchers and educators from the primary care community to showcase their latest studies on any aspect of primary care. This is a great opportunity for you to share your work, join the conversation and shape the future of primary care. 

We have an excellent line up of keynote speakers and the remainder of the programme will consist of presentations selected from submitted abstracts as oral presentationsposters and creative enquiry submissions. We are planning to repeat the successful doctoral research masterclass.  This masterclass offers you the opportunity to present an element of your research project, then ask questions of, and receive feedback from both the panel and session audience. The programme will also include interactive workshops and symposia (collections of papers, organised around a them and including discussion).

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

Trans Ageing and Care (TrAC) Study Workshops

Based at Swansea University in the Centre for Innovative Ageing, the Trans Ageing and Care research project is dedicated to improving health and social care services for transsexual and transgender individuals over 50 years of age. A series of four workshops will make up the final phase of the study, where TrAC aim to bring health and social care professionals together with members of the trans community. Workshop details as follows: 

  • Cardiff University,16 July 2018, 09:30 - 13:00. Read more
  • Llandudno Bay Hotel, Llandudno,18 July 2018, 09:30 - 13:00. Read more
  • Fulton House, Swansea, 23 July 2018, 09:30 - 13:00. Read more
  • Media Resource Centre, 24 July 2018, Llandrindod Wells, from 09:30 - 13:00. Read more

Welsh Medicines Research Symposium - deadline for abstracts extended

Date: 17 July 2018
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff

Deadline for abstract submissions now extended to 25 June 2018

Abstracts can be for either an oral or a poster presentation. Read more and access the submission form

Next steps for primary care in Wales: priorities for Primary Care Clusters, resourcing and preparing for the new Health and Social Care Plan

Date: Morning, Wednesday, 18th July 2018
Venue: Central Cardiff


This seminar will consider the future for primary care services in Wales.

Those attending will discuss key findings from the final report of the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales, the Inquiry into PCCs and the upcoming Health and Social Care Plan, which is expected to include a new primary care plan.

Sessions consider the challenges for resourcing primary care effectively - looking at key issues around infrastructure development, workforce organisation, funding and the impact of Brexit.

The conference will also be an opportunity to consider the findings of the Wales Audit Office’s preliminary publication on the current state of primary care services in Wales - which highlighted key challenges facing the sector around costs, patient and workforce experiences, and recruitment issues.

Delegates will assess the priorities for implementing the Parliamentary Review’s recommendations to further devolve resources and decision making to PCCs - including how the Government’s £100 million transformation fund to support implementation should be applied. They will also examine the initial performance of PCCs in light of the Inquiry’s findings, including how best to increase consistency of delivery, share best practice and engage effectively with patients.

Further sessions focus on priorities for effective inspection and improving the quality of care and meeting the needs of the workforce - looking at training and skills development, and developing the leadership needed to drive change.

Further information:

Welsh Medicines Research Symposium

Date: 17 July 2018
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Wales, Bangor University and Health and Care Research Wales invite you to attend the 2018 Welsh Medicines Research Symposium. There will be a line-up of talented researchers, including keynote speaker Professor Luigi Martini, RPS chief scientist. Read more and register

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.

Two-day workshop: developing key sections of your research application

Date: 13 - 14 September 2018
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Venue: Sketty Hall, Swansea
Cost: £50 per person, per day

This workshop is for anyone who works in the NHS or social care in Wales, who has a research idea and is planning to apply for funding. Over the two days, delegates will be able to discuss their ideas with experienced researchers and gain expert support in developing their research applications. Further information

Reaching out: a meeting to advance clinical research preparedness for infectious disease outbreaks

Date: 20 - 21 September 2018
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Venue: Pullman Hotel, Brussels

The Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness and The Platform for European Preparedness Against (Re-)emerging Epidemics (PREPARE) have teamed up to bring you this global, solutions focused meeting, which will examine bottlenecks to (rapid) deployment of clinical research in an infectious disease outbreak.

The meeting will be of interest to patients, researchers, regulators, funders and policy makers.

Read more and register

Save the Date: Health and Care Research Wales Conference 2018

Date: 25 October 2018
Time: 08:30 - 16:30
Venue: SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

Plans for the Health and Care Research Wales Conference 2018 are now well under way.

Be sure to join us and learn more about research relating to this year’s theme: “Future-proofing research in Wales”.

Confirmed speakers include Vaughan Gething, cabinet secretary for Health and Social Services, and Dr Frank Atherton, chief medical officer for Wales. Read more

The 8th EURIPA Rural Health Forum - Call for abstracts

Date: 14 - 16 November 2018
Venue: Maale Hachamisha, Israel

The theme for 8th EURIPA Rural Health 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:

World Health Organization Healthy Cities Conference—call for abstracts

Date: 1st-14th October 2018
Venue: Belfast

The call for abstracts refers to papers submitted by delegates for the Learning through Practice sessions and poster sessions during the 4 days of the conference. The 6 main themes of the conference: People, Place, Participation, Prosperity, Planet, Peace

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 13th April

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