Workshops 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 March 2017.
Structure and guidelines for workshop proposals at SSM ASM
- Title: This should be concise and give a good indication of the content of the workshop.
- Workshop Leader & other facilitators / convenors and their institutions
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?
- Aims: What is expected to be achieved overall by the end of the workshop?
- 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.
- 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.
- Target Group: Who is likely to want to participate in the workshop? Background / prior knowledge / level of expertise.
- of Participants: State the minimum number of people needed to run the workshop successfully and the maximum who could feasibly participate.
- 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.