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Let's Talk Research Conference 2 (2015)

When and where?

17th & 18th September 2015 Macron Stadium, Bolton.

Aim & content:

Our NHS LTR conferences have been a yearly event since 2014, focusing on different themes each time to bring researchers together.

Whether attendees were practicing clinicians, allied healthcare professionals, academics, or full-blown researchers, the ‘Let’s Talk Research’ annual conference was designed for them. Packed with thought-leading presentations, innovative approaches to communicating research and a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow researchers to build the community in the North West.

Following the success of Let’s Talk Research 2014, the 2015 conference was held over 2 days giving healthcare professionals even more opportunities to hear and discuss research, learn new tools and techniques and engage with fellow researchers.

There was an evident energy and buzz throughout the 2 days – a common occurrence when researchers come together! The energy levels heightened at certain points. in particular, following the Plenary by Helen Bevan on day 1 when she discussed ‘The change agents of the future: curating knowledge and making connections”. A presentation that stimulated, inspired, thought-provoked and rebelled!!





With over 24 workshops delivered by leading researchers, academics and clinicians, the delegates were able to experience a whole range of research topics. This was supported by a schedule of workshops focusing on improving the ‘softer skills’ and more real-life aspects of research.

See below images from workshops including; The Art of Procrastination (Dr Will Medd), Strategic Networking (L Goodacre), Influence and Impact (Dominic Rickhards, Vox Coaching).

For the 2015 Let’s Talk Research Conference we invited the submission of abstracts based on the following themes

  • Findings of completed clinically focused research undertaken as part of a postgraduate research degree (Masters or PhD), or clinical research
  • Work undertaken within organisations or teams within the NHS to promote a culture of research and innovation.
  • Novel and innovative approaches to communicating research

For this first time that year we sought the submission of abstracts for:

  • 1 hour workshops which provide the opportunity to explore a topic in details
  • 20 minute oral presentations
  • Poster presentation

Guidance for abstracts completion and abstract submission forms are below:

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