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We are pleased to announce the theme of the 6th Implementation Science Research Conference 2023:

Sustaining health and public services in an uncertain future: what role for implementation science?

Now in its sixth year, the 2023 conference will bring together scientists, researchers, policymakers, clinicians, practitioners, service users and the public from around the world.

Together, we will discuss how implementation science can help to sustain and develop health and public services, against a background of social, geopolitical, technological and environmental change.    

We are especially interested in research relating to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including health and wellbeing, education, climate change and reducing inequalities.

We want to explore ways to implement evidence-based research into policy and practice, helping to develop resilient systems, and to bring about sustainable change to improve health and public services.

We welcome colleagues interested in the role of implementation science in fields including environmental research, education, climate change, policy, and health and social care.

    Great variety of topics. Lots of opportunities to discuss and exchange

    A delegate from 2022

    The conference programme 

    The hybrid interdisciplinary 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.

    The conference will be organised to accommodate different time zones. 

    Leading experts as plenary speakers

    We will be inviting leading international implementation science and public policy experts as plenary speakers. We are pleased to confirm that the first plenary speaker is: 

      Enola Proctor, professor of social work research, Washington University, USA. Enola’s research is motivated by the question, how do we ensure that people receive the very best possible care? She has studied this question in a variety of social work, public health, and health care settings, ranging from hospitals to community agencies. 

      A hybrid event

      For the first time, we will be holding the UK implementation science research conference as a hybrid event, with the opportunity to participate both in person and online.

      We are very pleased to be working with our partners at the Health Implementation Science and Technology Cluster (HIST) at the University of Limerick, Ireland, (Limerick pictured below) who will be hosting the event.  

      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 environmental research, education, climate change, policy, and health and social care.

      The deadline for abstract submissions is Tuesday 2 May 2023. 

      Please submit your abstract by completing this form 

      Further details on the conference programme, fees and how to join, either in person or online, will be available soon. In the meantime, please register your interest:

      Contact us

      • For more information or enquiries, please email: arcshortcourses@kcl.ac.uk
      • For the latest updates on the conference, follow ARC South London on Twitter #ImpSci23

      You can also read about last year's conference:

      • Read about last year's conference with over 120 international delegates and speakers exploring pragmatic approaches to implementation science in health and social care
      • Read reflections from Caitlin Wilson, a paramedic at the University of Leeds/North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, and winner of the best oral presentation, on the 2022 conference.  

      There was a good mix of formats, with oral presentations and posters presentations. The plenary talks were excellent. While I don't like singling any out, Jill Francis's plenary was really insightful and informative, with something for everyone working in this field. And Vanessa Carter's plenary was so engaging and thought provoking. Meet the expert sessions are a good opportunity to just 'come along' and ask questions, or just hear the discussions

      A delegate from 2022

      Conference organisers and supporters

      The conference is being organised by the Centre for Implementation Science at King’s College London and the Health Implementation Science and Technology Cluster (HIST) at the University of Limerick.

      It is supported by NIHR ARC South London, the UK Implementation Society, King's Health Partners, Frontiers in Health Services and BMC, the publishers of Implementation Science.

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