In 2022, the 5th Implementation Science Research Conference theme is: “Beyond trials: the rise of pragmatic approaches to implementation science in health and social care research.” 

A multidisciplinary conference to improve health and care

Now in its fifth year, the 2022 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

Leading experts confirmed as plenary speakers

We have three leading international implementation science and public health policy experts confirmed as plenary speakers. They are:  

Paul Cairney, professor of politics and public policy, University of Stirling, UK (@Cairneypaul). Paul's research interests are in comparative public policypolicy analysis, and policy theories, applied to UK and devolved government policy, and the use of evidence in policy and policymaking

In his plenary lecture, Paul will discuss: Why do policymakers not listen to your evidence, and is it their fault?

Vanessa Carter

Vanessa Carter became an antimicrobial resistance and One Health advocate after surviving a serious car accident and multidrug-resistant MRSA infection. She is a patient advisor to several organisations including CIDRAP and the WHO Strategic Technical Advisory Group on AMR (STAG-AMR) as well as a civil society champion at the Africa CDC. She has won awards for her advocacy from the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FINDdx) and Antibiotic Guardian (UK) and further completed an e-Patient Scholarship at Stanford University Medicine X in the USA. She provides consulting services in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) research such as with the  ASPIRES  collaborative (Antibiotic use across Surgical Pathways - Investigating, Redesigning and Evaluating Systems).

In her plenary lecture, Vanessa will discuss: Valuing patient engagement to implement meaningful interventions for antimicrobial resistance.

Samantha Connolly

Samantha Connolly is an investigator at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) and a practicing clinical psychologist within the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System. She is an assistant professor within the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry and an associate editor of the Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science. Her research focuses on the implementation of phone and video telehealth. She recently completed a two-year VA Career Development Award studying uptake of telemental health care during the Covid-19 pandemic, and is the incoming recipient of a subsequent five-year national VA Health Services Career Development Award that will focus specifically on quality of telehealth care.

Donald M Hilty

Donald M. Hilty  is a scholar in psychiatric and medical education, health services, and telemedicine. He works as a professor of psychiatry at the UC Davis School of Medicine, with United Health Services and Heritage Oaks Hospital to develop virtual care and has assisted the Veterans Health Administration to implement technology. He speaks internationally and researches models of care, health services design, health economic outcomes and implementation of video, mobile health, sensors and other technologies. His current research is in implementation and evaluation of video, social media, mobile health and asynchronous competencies for psychiatry, behavioral health and medicine.

In their plenary lecture, Samantha and Donald will discuss critical components of telemental health implementation during the Covid-19 pandemic from patient, clinician, and system perspectives.

Jill Francis

Jill Francis  PhD, is professor of implementation science in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia, professor of health services research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Care Centre, Australia, and a senior scientist with the Centre for Implementation Research, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canada; formerly professor of health services research at City University of London, UK, and professor of health psychology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Jill is known for advancing theoretical and methodological developments in the field of implementation science in a wide range of clinical contexts. Jill has published over 225 papers in peer-reviewed journals. 

In her plenary lecture, Jill will explore: Implementation in the wild: three levers to support practice change.  

Great mix of lectures, talks, rapid sessions and posters. Funnily...online makes it easier to take notes/refs etc. Awesome organisation and chairing

A delegate from 2021

The conference programme 

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, question and answer sessions, and online networking.

Read the #ImpSci22 programme

The conference is organised to accommodate different time zones. In addition, all plenary lectures and poster presentations are available to watch for 60 days after the conference.  

You can read about last year's conference:

  • Read about last year's conference with over 130 international delegates and speakers exploring the role of implementation science in the Covid-19 response
  • View the proceedings of last year's conference published in Implementation Science
  • Read reflections from Dr Julia E Moore, executive director of the Center for Implementation, Canada on the 2020 conference.

Conference fees

Full fees are: £185

Discounts available for NHS staff / UK-IS members / ARC staff / charity and NGO staff / service users, students, and those from low- and middle-income countries. Full information

Register here for the conference

This year, we are also holding the Implementation Science Masterclass online in June 2022. 

Submit your abstract

We will share high-quality, original research from around the world at the conference. Please send us your abstracts for research that relates to this year's conference theme, as well as research more broadly related to implementation science applied to health and social care.

The deadline for abstract submissions has now passed. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please email arcshortcourses@kcl.ac.uk

For the latest updates on the conference, follow ARC South London on Twitter #ImpSci22

I loved the content. Thank you for inspiring me and reminding me why I love implementation science!

A delegate from 2021

I like that all sessions were recorded so that I could watch later in the day even if I couldn't be at all of them

A delegate from 2021

Conference organisers and supporters 

The conference is being organised by the Centre for Implementation Science at King’s College London. It is supported by NIHR ARC South London, the UK Implementation SocietyKing's Health PartnersFrontiers in Health Services and BMC, the publishers of Implementation Science