Plenary Panel: Science and public health communication in response to COVID-19.

Building on the successful online taster event that we organised in September 2021, this panel will explore further lessons in science and public health communication in response to the COVID-19. The pandemic has presented unprecedented global challenges, which will impact on the future of knowledge exchange in public health. A panel of international experts will looked at what we have learned about knowledge exchange, and how we can use this knowledge to improve research and practices in the future.

You can see more on our panel here. 

(K1) Smash the hierarchy! (or build a new one?) ➡ ROCKET SUITE

This rapid presentation will be cathartic for the presenter, who is simultaneously a systematic reviewer and trainer for Cochrane UK, a practitioner of mixed methods reviews and community based qualitative and participatory research, and an advocate for building the evidence base on grass roots community-based initiatives to reduce health inequalities. The internal struggles inherent in balancing the slow production of methodologically rigorous evidence against rapid production of ‘best available’ evidence to tackle pressing policy issues will be laid bare and delegates invited to join the struggle, share their own struggles or give constructive feedback.

(C3) Reflections on knowledge brokering in a complex, layered organisational context ➡ lOCOMOTION ONE SUITE

A discussion about my experience as a knowledge broker within a multi-organisational team undertaking a portfolio of research projects to evaluate public health interventions across the UK. I will reflect on how challenges seemingly inherent to knowledge brokering have manifested in my role, and discuss adaptations based on learning over the past 18 months. I am interested in hearing your reactions and any thoughts on how I might supplement my self-reflection by drawing on other approaches in the research literature

Translating research during COVID-19: impact on training/technical assistance efforts for adolescent health providers


Dr Jane Powers

Jane is a Project Director for Assets Coming Together (ACT) at Cornell University’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. Jane has a wealth of experience and expertise in working with partners to apply research knowledge to practice to improve the lives of children, youth and families.




Mandy Purington

Mandy is Director of Evaluation and Research, ACT for Youth, at Cornell University’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. Mandy is passionate about using research and evaluation to promote the health and wellbeing of young people, and is interested in the rich connections between practice and research.

Jane and Mandy will use their in-depth knowledge to discuss the impact of training efforts on adolescent health providers along with their practice partner, Heather Wynkoop Beach.


Heather Wynkoop Beach

Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Heather spent 20 years doing front-line work with young people and communities. Since transitioning to the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University, Heather has found an unexpected enthusiasm in bridging the connection between practitioners and research.


Conducting rapid reviews for health policy makers during the pandemic in an evolving evidence ecosystem: new synthesis methods and dissemination plans


Professor Maureen Dobbins

Scientific Director at the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools in Canada, and Director of Health Evidence. Maureen has extensive expertise in understanding knowledge translation and exchange, and leading on evidence-informed decision making in partnership with Public Health policy makers in Canada. She will reflect on conducting rapid reviews and knowledge exchange with policy makers during the evolving environment of the pandemic along with Dr Leanne Idezerda.



Dr Leanne Idzerda

Leanne Idzerda is a senior research scientist with the Evidence Synthesis and Knowledge Translation Unit in the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Branch at the Public Health Agency of Canada. She is currently working on systematic reviews of priority topics relevant to the long-term effects of COVID-19 on public health.