2021 conference theme: Supporting the pandemic response? Implementation science in the time of Covid-19

Now in its fourth year, the 2021 conference will bring together online researchers, policymakers, clinicians, practitioners and service users from around the world. 

Together we will share the best ways to implement evidence-based health and social care research within services and systems to improve health and care outcomes. 

Smooth online delivery, great mix of science and practice, great global representation

A delegate from 2020

Implementation science in the time of Covid-19

This year's conference theme is 'Supporting the pandemic response? Implementation science in the time of Covid-19'. Under this theme, we will showcase implementation research that has directly informed the Covid-19 pandemic response as well as work that is more broadly relevant – for example, research that is supporting long-term changes in practice or public health policy.

We aim to be self-critical of the science – asking not only how implementation science has helped the pandemic response, but also how it may have done more or what it may have done differently. What lessons can we take from this in developing the field in the future?

Read this editorial published in Implementation Science, which explores some of these issues.  

Leading implementation experts confirmed as plenary speakers

We are delighted to announce that we have two leading international implementation science experts involved in the Covid-19 pandemic response in the UK confirmed as plenary speakers. They are:  

  • Professor Trish Greenhalgh, professor of primary care health sciences, University of Oxford. Trish is an internationally recognised academic in primary health care, who trained as a GP. Early in the pandemic, Trish played a leading role in arguing for the precautionary wearing of face masks, when this was not yet public health policy in the UK.  
  • Professor Susan Michie, professor of health psychology, and director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at UCL. Susan is a member of the UK's Covid-19 Behavioural Science Advisory Group and the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours, a sub-group of the Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). She also sits on the Independent SAGE committee, and frequently contributes to national news media. 

Other plenary speakers will be announced.  

The virtual format

The virtual conference will feature plenary lectures from leading international researchers.

It will also include oral and poster presentations organised under specialist themes, roundtable discussions, Q&A sessions and online networking. 

Further details, including fees, will be available shortly. You can also:

Register your interest 

This year, we will also hold the Implementation Science Masterclass online in June. Details to be confirmed. 

To register your interest for the Conference or Masterclass, email: arcshortcourses@kcl.ac.uk

Well organised given the complexity with online and times zones. Team very supportive. Speakers great quality! Great engagement during the sessions too. Will definitely attend even if we are still via Zoom in 2021!

A delegate from 2020

I was impressed by the speakers and quality of the talks, multitude of resources, posters, and the organisation of the conference

A delegate from 2020