*This programme is subject to change

Time Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 5
8:30 am

Registration and refreshments

9:00 am
9:15 am

Keynote: Fundamental mistakes in knowledge mobilisation: reflections on the past 15 years

Vicky Ward, Reader in Management, University of St Andrews @VLWard
10:15 am

Plenary panel: Local needs and context of knowledge exchange. Tailoring and localising evidence is key for knowledge exchange but what does that look like in practice?

Chair: Dr Mandy Cheetham. Panel: Prof Eugene Milne, Director of Public Health, Newcastle City Council, Alice Wiseman, Director of Public Health, Gateshead Borough Council, Sarah Gorman, Chief Executive of Edberts House, Gateshead, PJ Atkinson, public member of Gateshead Poverty Truth Commission, Victoria Bartle, public member and NIHR research champion
11:15 am

BREAK and refreshments

11:35 am

Parallel session A: Oral presentations. Challenges in using research evidence in policy making. ➡STEPHENSON SUITE

Parallel session B: Oral presentations. Innovative practices and tools ➡ INVICTA SUITE

11:40 am

(A1) Challenges in using Evidence-Informed Decision Making ➡ STEPHENSON SUITE

Maureen Dobbins, McMaster University, Canada @dobbinssm
12:00 pm

(A2) The story of 10 years practicing health knowledge and policy in a Dutch city ➡ STEPHENSON SUITE

Kristine Mourits, Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands @kristinemourits
12:20 pm
12:40 pm

(B4) Welfare Services co-located in primary care: how to co-design a cross-sectoral evaluation. ➡ INVICTA SUITE

Cristina Fernandez-Garcia, Fuse SPHR, Newcastle University, UK @CristinaEthics
1:00 pm

Lunch, poster viewing & social activities

2:00 pm

Keynote speaker: Setbacks and successes in knowledge exchange at the health policy and research interface in the Netherlands

Jet Bussemaker, Professor of Health Policy, Science & Societal Impact at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands) @Jet_Bussemaker
2:55 pm

Parallel session D: Oral presentations. Practical examples of collaborative approaches ➡ INVICTA SUITE

Parallel session E: Interactive poster session ➡ STEPHENSON SUITE

Parallel session F: Fishbowl ➡ ROCKET SUITE

3:00 pm
3:20 pm
3:40 pm
4:00 pm

BREAK and refreshments

4:20 pm

Plenary Panel: The importance of setbacks in knowledge exchange in public health.

Chair: Dr Peter van der Graaf. Panel: Vicky Ward, University of St Andrews, UK, Victoria Schuckel, Executive Director for Research and Innovation at the BC Ministry of Health, Canada, Prof Roland Bal, Erasmus University, the Netherlands, Prof Anne-Marie Bagnall, Leeds Beckett University, UK, Margaret Ogden, public member, UK
5:00 pm
5:05 pm

Conference reception – drink and canapés

7:00 pm

Conference Dinner

Join us on Tuesday 14th June 5-7pm for our ‘Pint of Knowledge Exchange’ pre-conference event in the Crowne Plaza

Join us for the opportunity to meet other conference delegates, and take part in informal activities and discussion around knowledge exchange in public health research. Speakers will include Prof Jonathan Ling (University of Sunderland), Mr Ryan Swiers (South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust) and Dr Vikki Smith (Northumbria University) who will share their experiences of partnership working, from making connections and building networks, developing and delivering projects, to sharing findings and creating impact.

This event is open to all conference participants and aimed at those new to the Fuse conference or academic conferences in general.

What to expect at the main conference?


The conference will feature a dynamic programme, offering delegates the opportunity to showcase their knowledge exchange activities in a variety of formats, including:


Paper presentations

Papers provide an opportunity to present you latest research or practice to a captive audience of peers. Each session will consist of four papers on a similar topic and will be chaired by a member of Fuse. Presenters will have 15 minutes each for their presentation with 5 minutes for questions and answers between presentations. We encourage text light and image heavy presentations.

Interactive poster sessions

Two interactive poster sessions will take place during the Forum. During the first, you will simply need to display your poster and provide an opportunity for your fellow delegates to leave (written) comments and questions. During the second session, you will have an opportunity to respond to the comments and questions which have been left by your fellow delegates and to develop a shared conversation about your poster. Note - you will not need to ‘present’ your poster, but simply respond to the comments and questions which have been raised.


Fishbowls are a great way to discuss “hot topics” or ideas and to encourage dialogue – typically, the room is set up with a small inner circle of seats, surrounded by an outer circle. The small group in the centre has a conversation, observed by those in the outer circle. The fishbowl can be set up so that people can enter and leave the inner circle to enable others to participate. Although fishbowls are largely self-organising, facilitation helps things to run more smoothly so we’re inviting suggestions for topics from willing facilitators! For more information see:

Cabaret of dangerous ideas

A blend of controversial academic research, audience interaction, and a dash of comedy. Rapid fire 5-minute presentations to highlight a particular issue close to your heart or express a developing idea and invite on the spot feedback from the audience. There are only a few rules for performers; one of the most important is the ban on PowerPoints and videos. Instead of hiding behind slides and lecturing, performers are expected to promote debate, discussion and discourse with the audience. The format is loosely based on Edinburgh Fringe Festival,

Gallery spaces

A chance to share your work during a small, intimate 15 minute group session. After 15 minutes delegates will move round to another gallery space meaning that you get a whole new audience for your material! You need to prepare yourself to repeat your session up to 4 times on the trot. It may be tiring, but it is a great way to enable lots of great ideas to be shared in a short time frame and potentially kick-start conversations that could continue long after the conference has ended. We particularly encourage demonstrations that showcase creative knowledge exchange methods. The format is very loosely based on Knowledge Café principles. For further information please visit: or .