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.  

A multidisciplinary conference to improve health and care

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

Leading implementation experts confirmed as plenary speakers

We have two leading international implementation science experts involved in the Covid-19 pandemic response confirmed as plenary speakers (others to be announced). They are:  

Professor Trish Greenhalgh

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 (read more about Trish's Covid research on this Twitter thread).  

Professor Susan Michie

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 media. 

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, question and answer sessions, and online networking. 

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.  

Further details, including new plenary speakers, will be published here. You can also:

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.

Download the abstract submission form and guidance here 

Deadline for submission: Monday 3 May 2021, 12pm GMT.

If your abstract is accepted, it will be published in the journal Implementation Science.

Conference fees

Full fees are: £165

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 and July. 

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 #ImpSci21

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

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

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 Society, King's Health Partners, and BMC, the publishers of Implementation Science