Local Authority Public Health Research Network conference 2024: Abstract decisions announced

26 Feb 2024

Update: This event took place on March 26 2024.

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The Local Authority Public Health Research Network (LAPHRN) 2024 conference is now only a month away.

The conference will bring together our partners and supporters, to share knowledge, showcase the range of applied research and evaluation going on across London and North Thames, and help public health professionals with an interest in research to build networks and access career development opportunities.

The programme will be announced in the next couple of weeks and about the speakers and the breakout sessions.

We are particularly excited about the content submitted from the public health community in London and North Thames. In total, 75 abstracts were submitted from councils and universities, and health protection, NHS and third sector settings. Content from these abstracts will form an important part of the day – as presentations, contributions to roundtable discussions, posters and content in the conference booklet.

Below is further information about the abstract submission process, to help guide current and future submissions.

How were abstract decisions made?

The abstract review team had a tough task: how best to decide how the rich and varied abstract content would be best showcased at the conference?

The team reviewed abstracts according to the following principles:

  • Fairness and inclusion – we’ve sought to provide an opportunity for as many as possible to meaningfully share their research and to balance contributions across organisations, to showcase work from as many settings as possible. In some cases, this has meant we have asked contributors who submitted several abstracts to merge content into one poster or presentation to ensure there is space for as many as possible to share their research
  • Relevance to local authority-based public health research – we’ve reviewed the abstracts to identify how local authorities were involved in the research if they weren’t leading it, or what the learning was for local authorities.
  • Opportunities to stimulate research collaboration – a key goal for the conference is to foster collaborations. In our decisions, therefore, we took into account where there was greatest potential for cross-setting collaborations. For example, as a result of the rich selection of abstracts submitted on food, we have developed a breakout session on Food and Hunger.

I've had my abstract accepted – any tips on what I should include in my presentation or poster?

The conference seeks to:

  • build collaborations – so, consider including questions or priorities you’d like to address as well as what you’ve already found.
  • showcase local authority based public health research – so, highlight how local authorities were involved in your work if it’s not immediately obvious (e.g. your research took place in an NHS setting).

I submitted an abstract but I don’t have a decision

Abstract decision emails were sent on 19 February 2024. If you haven’t received an email, check your spam folder. If you still haven’t received an email, contact us on dahr.laphrn(at)ucl.ac.uk with the title of your abstract and the name of the presenting author.

I’m not registered for the conference – can I still come?

The conference is currently fully subscribed. We are seeking opportunities for as many people to attend as possible, so we have a waiting list.

We ask if you’ve registered but find you can no longer attend for all or part of the day to get in touch with us dahr.laphrn(at)ucl.ac.uk asap. We can then offer your place for the full or part of the day to someone else. 

If you’ve submitted an abstract but haven’t registered, you should have been offered some options to attend for part of the day or to nominate a delegate to present in your place. Do get in touch with us dahr.laphrn(at)ucl.ac.uk if you’d like to discuss this.

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