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The 8th International Evidence Based Health Conference in Taormina, Sicily (25th to 28th October, 2017)

ESMI’s Rebecca Abbott headed to Sicily to talk about prioritisation and stakeholder engagement

Dr Rebecca Abbott recently attended the 8th International Evidence Based Health Conference in Taormina, Sicily (25th to 28th October, 2017). The theme of the conference was ‘The ecosystem of evidence: connecting generation, synthesis and translation’. Rebecca was invited to give two oral presentations. The first given in the plenary session on Day 1 was entitled ‘Reducing research waste the PenCLAHRC way’ and described how a number of steps within the PenCLAHRC prioritisation process help to reduce research waste. The second presentation, in the parallel session on day 2 was entitled ‘From evidence to practice: reflections on collaborating and co-producing with the Sensory Trust’. This talk, given on behalf of Dr Noreen Orr, reflected on the benefits and experiences of stakeholder engagement that have been gained from the ‘My Nature’ project.


When asked to comment on the conference, Rebecca summed it up very nicely: ‘One of the best conferences I have ever attended: dynamic, engaging, thought-provoking, friendly and set on the an idyllic Italian island…what’s not to love!”. Rebecca reflects further on the lessons learnt at the conference in her blog on the Evidence Synthesis Team blog.