The European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) held its annual research congress in University College Dublin from the 8th to the 11th of June 2016. All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) hosted a stand at the conference and the KINDLE Project was represented at the stand. The event saw over 1300 delegates from all over the world come together to discuss current research developments in palliative care.
AIIHPC held a very successful social media initiative at the event called #whywedoresearch where over 50 researchers attending the conference wrote down the things that motivate them to do research in palliative care. Photos of all of the researchers were posted on the @AIIHPC twitter account with the hashtag #whywedoresearch. Check out a selection of the photos below!
The KINDLE Project generated a great amount of interest from researchers and practitioners alike with much discussion focusing on the value of knowledge transfer and exchange in health and social research. The work of the Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) was also a central discussion piece during these talks given the aim of the KINDLE Project is to maximise the impact of the evidence contained with the PCRN. We were encouraged to hear that other research teams and institutes are also adopting a range of knowledge transfer initiatives and activities to ensure the learning from their research portfolios reaches target audiences.
The PCRN’s Early Career Researchers Forum (ECRF) Annual Seminar also took place at this event where Dr Helen Dixon from Queen’s University Belfast gave an insightful talk on “Communicating your research using social media: insights, tool, and possibilities”. The key talking points from this session were the means with which researchers can use social media to enhance knowledge transfer of their work and using Altmetrics to detect the impact of your dissemination materials. It was an inspirational event for young researchers who want to make their mark and Helen left us with many encouraging words that I will leave you with here…..
“Be Brief, Be vivid, Be connected” –Dr Helen Dixon