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workshopWorkshops at the Society for Social Medicine (SSM) annual conference, Manchester, September 6-8 2017

We welcome proposals for workshops (duration 1.5 hours) at the Social Medicine (SSM) annual conference, Manchester, September 6-8 2017. We are happy to receive proposals that are related to the aims and scope of SSM. Priority will be given to multi-departmental & multidisciplinary teams to facilitate joint working.

Suggestions for useful types of workshops:

  • Part of a consensus process, e.g. to standardise / agree definitions of exposure / disease.
  • Discussion of merits / uses of a new methodological technique / data source etc.
  • Discussion on addressing / dealing with a new / topical issue.
  • Discussions on what research in a particular area has led to and where it should go from now.

Workshops should not:

  • Be used to promote or further research from one department.
  • Simply group together a disparate selection of presentations.
  • Present a large amount of information not yet in the public domain – most of the ‘scene-setting’ presentations would usually be based on published work.

Workshop proposals should be no longer than 2 sides of A4 paper.  Please submit proposals to Tarani Chandola by 15 March 2017.

Structure and guidelines for workshop proposals at SSM ASM

  1. Title: This should be concise and give a good indication of the content of the workshop.
  2. Workshop Leader & other facilitators / convenors and their institutions
  3. Background:

Subject – how does the workshop fit into the aims and scope of SSM?

Topicality – is the topic of particular relevance now?

Likelihood of provoking discussion – will there be points for particular discussion?

What is the rationale for the workshop?

  1. Aims: What is expected to be achieved overall by the end of the workshop?
  2. Educational objectives: What will the participants gain / learn from this? How will it alter their research design / conduct / interpretation / dissemination? It is important that this is more than a presentation of findings, and participants should ideally learn from the experience in some way.
  3. Structure: Please give details of the structure. Workshops are intended to be interactive, and presentations should be limited only to those required to set the scene (guideline not more than a third of the time). If possible, give details of what will be presented. The discussions should be structured & time should be provided for feedback – information should be given for likely content of discussions. Remember that workshops can advance knowledge simply through in-depth discussion. Small group exercises / discussions are strongly supported to encourage participation of all those attending.

Example schedule: (1) Opening remarks & aims – 10 mins; (2) Short pre-planned presentations on relevant areas – 20 mins; (3) Small group discussions – 30 mins; (4) Reports from groups – 20 mins; (5) Closing remarks – 10 mins.

  1. Target Group: Who is likely to want to participate in the workshop? Background / prior knowledge / level of expertise.
  2. of Participants: State the minimum number of people needed to run the workshop successfully and the maximum who could feasibly participate.
  3. Requirements: Room size and layout / visual aids (OHP / PowerPoint / flipchart)

Note: Some workshops may lead directly or indirectly to publications, but this would be the responsibility of the authors and / or participants. It may be possible to disseminate some of the findings of workshops in the SSM newsletter or on the SSM website. No funding will be available to support attendance at workshops – presenters and participants are expected to register for the conference at their own expense.

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