Aims and Themes: Archived Webpage from the First i2S Conference

This is an archived page from the website of the 2013 First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation.
Please note that this is a copy of a page from the original conference website which was hosted elsewhere; some links (eg to the conference venue) have been removed and some of the material within the page refers to functionality that is no longer available (eg references to material in the right-hand column).
A full site map of the archived website shows all the pages and elements that were on the original conference website. 



The overarching aim of the conference is to review what we know about research integration and implementation to establish a solid knowledge base for moving forward. We do this by bringing together currently unconnected communities of researchers with related interests.

This is explained in more detail in the video on the conference aims and background in the right hand column.

There are four conference themes:

  • Concepts and methods: useful ‘tools’ for bringing together diverse disciplinary and other knowledge, managing risk and other unknowns, and using research to support policy and practice change;
  • Case studies: illustrative examples of how research integration and implementation have been used in studies of complex real world problems;
  • Institutional barriers and enablers: empirical evidence of how organisations can support or block research integration and implementation;
  • Educating the next generation: descriptions and evaluations of undergraduate and postgraduate educational programs.

We’re interested in all kinds of problems – health, environment, security, education, you name it. But our focus is not on the problem. It is on more effective research methods for understanding and responding to complex real-world problems. Our starting point is that there are lots of researchers who are developing and applying such methods, who currently have only limited ways of connecting. A primary aim of the conference is to provide a forum for currently fragmented networks to meet and share ideas.


Because we aim to build a global community: we are conducting a hybrid conference, i.e. an online conference as well as gathering face-to-face.

Because we aim to link groups and individuals: we are supporting a range of activities that make it possible for people to connect in both the virtual and face-to-face realms.

Because we aim to ‘take stock’:

  • we are interested in past achievements as well as current work, so please tell us about your publications, completed projects and current undertakings;
  • we will use digital posters as a way to systematically collect your contributions;
  • digital posters will be available for viewing and comment as soon as they are accepted. They will be archived as an on-going open resource after the conference.

Another aspect of our conference which is different is that we will not have a call for abstracts. We will review completed digital posters and ask you to limit each digital poster to only one topic. You can submit as many digital posters as you wish.