This symposium is offered by colleagues at the NIHR ARC North Thames Academy. Further details below:

Attendees will meet online on 2 November and in-person on 10-11 November in Bloomsbury, central London. 

Q-MIR 2022 will bring together internationally acknowledged speakers to explore the ways that qualitative methods make possible discovery research around implementation processes. The meeting has two main objectives: (a) to explore the role of qualitative research in building knowledge about evidence translation and implementation science, and (b) to explore how Normalization Process Theory, and other theoretical frameworks, can inform qualitative research on implementation. 

Q-MIR 2022 mobilises the best mix of hybrid delivery.

On 2 November our plenary speakers will give their talks as a webinar, open to all, and with discussants drawn from ARC NT and ARC NENC.

On 10 and 11 November we’ll offer in-person talks and workshops at a venue in Central London. Workshop attendance is limited and we aim to build a collegial and collaborative space for practitioners and researchers interested in thinking qualitatively about implementation research.  

Presentations and workshops at Q-MIR 2022 will focus on: 

  • Developing a shared understanding of opportunities and challenges in qualitative implementation research. 
  • Moving from descriptive qualitative research to theory-informed explanations of implementation processes and their outcomes.   
  • Introducing Normalization Process Theory (NPT) and show how it can be effectively used in qualitative research. 
  • Sharing best practice and applied examples from research currently underway, nationally and internationally. 

Please note that there are seperate registration and application forms for the online plenary discussions and the in-person event as the latter has limited numbers.

Online plenary discussions Attendance via Zoom, free for all attendees Wednesday 2 November, 1-3pm Chair Prof Carl May (LSHTM) Speakers Prof. Anne MacFarlane (University of Limerick) Dr. Cory Bradley (Washington University) How to register for the online plenary discussions Please register via the Eventbrite page. Joining links and details will be automatically sent to you via email.

In-person workshops and presentations Two days of in-person workshops and presentations in Bloomsbury, central London.

Thursday 10 November, 1.00-5.30pm Session 1 - Theory informed implementation research Friday 11 November, 9.00am-3.30pm Session 2 - Implementation in practice Session 3 - Implementation in policy Speakers Prof. Carl May (LSHTM) Prof. Fiona Stevenson (UCL, ARC NT ) Prof. Jill Manthorpe (Kings College London) Prof. Annette Boaz (LSHTM, ARC NT) Dr Lorelei Jones (Bangor University) 

Cost Attendance for the live event is £150. A limited number of bursaries will be available to members of ARC North Thames and ARC North East and North Cumbria (NENC) partner organisations at a reduced cost of £100. Cancellations must be requested by 21 October or the attendance fee will not be refunded.


Places for the in-person two-day event are limited so applicants will be shortlisted. Priority will be given to members of ARC North Thames and ARC North East and North Cumbria (NENC) partner organisations, along with applicants currently completing their PhD or in the early stages of their research career. To ensure you are able to fully participate in the in-person activities, you must attend the online plenary sessions or watch the recording to so that you optimally benefit from the symposium.

Attendees are expected to attend both days of the live activities (barring illness or other unexpected event) as well as the online plenary discussions on the 2 November to ensure optimal benefits from the symposium.

How to apply to attend the in-person symposium Please complete the application form by midnight 18 September 2022.  Successful applicants for the in-person two-day event will be notified by 7 October and must enrol by 21 October or the available place will be offered to another applicant.

Please note that there are seperate registration and application forms for the online plenary discussions and the in-person event as the latter has limited numbers.