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calls for suggestions for workshops and training events

Our next call for IDRN proposals is likely to be autumn 2010. However, we can accept suggestions for workshops and other activity at our July steering group meeting. Contact for more information.


We would like to invite the research community to send in suggestions for IDRN activity for 2010, specifically workshops or training events - these can be on any infection-related topic. See below for more information and examples of our previous work. All submissions will be discussed at our next steering group meeting at the end of November, and we will contact individuals again in early December.

The next call for submissions is likely to be autumn 2010

Click here to submit your event suggestion.

More information about the Infectious Disease Research Network

The IDRN aims to promote multi-disciplinary collaborations, provide multidisciplinary training opportunities, and act as a forum for encouraging high quality infectious disease research. Our focus is on UK-based research, although we welcome international collaborators. See the About Us page for more information on our overall objectives.

One of the methods we use to achieve this is to run research workshops and training events, that are designed to bring people together, provide an update on existing research, and pointers for priority areas of research that needs to be done, and develop new collaborations and foster existing relationships.

What support will the IDRN provide?

If you wish us to provide all the administrative support required to run a workshop or event, then we'd be more than happy to do so. This may include setting up a webpage, with all event details and online registration. We can process registrations and payments, book the venue and catering, liaise with speakers, and deal with delegate queries, as well as advertise the event through our website and mailing list, and contact other relevant professional bodies and societies to highlight the event to their members and contact too.

Post-event, we typically create a permanent webpage, where we post the presentations (with speakers permission) and any notes or resources from the event.

We are flexible in our approach, and all event-related requests will be considered.

What do the IDRN charge for events?

We typically charge a subsidised fee of approx £50 per delegate per day (excepting speakers and organisers). Essentially, our consumables budget is not large, and gaining some income from events allows us to cover some costs and run more events. This is still far cheaper than most conferences, and in our experience, does not put people off from attending. We are happy to discuss suitable delegate prices for each event individually, and tailor the prices accordingly.

Tips and requirements

  • All workshops must take place in the UK.
  • All submissions must be sent through the above link. We will not accept suggestions though any other route.
  • Provide as much information as possible. The form has fields for you to indicate topic area, possible speakers, likely outputs etc. You do not have to fill in all fields, but the more detail, the better. We typically receive around 10-12 suggestions each time we run this call, and at least two or three are always lacking in any detail at all.
  • Most of our beter workshops have successfully combined academic/clinical leadership from yourselves and your partners, and our expertise in running the event. See below for a couple of good examples of this.
  • We typically reimburse speakers their travel (and if required, accommodation) expenses. Usually we will only refund UK-based individuals, but we can sometimes reimburse european speakers. If international speakers from outside Europe are desirable, then we ask that their expenses be covered by Industry sponsorship.
  • Some of our recent events have had the proceedings turned into a journal article or editorial and published in peer-reviewed journals. See below for an example of this, and also this pdf article. This is an excellent output for a workshop, so if yourselves or enthusiastic colleagues have the time to put something like this together.
  • Allow a 3 month timeframe from putting together a programme to the date of the workshop, e.g. planning an event in December that will take place in late March or April is sensible.

Example of a recent IDRN workshop

Mucosal Perspectives in Pneumococcal Disease
30 April 2009
Liverpool Medical Institute

We were initially approached by colleagues in the Immunology department at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Using their contacts, they led on putting together the scientific programme. The IDRN liaised with the speakers and the venue, organised the registration of delegates, and provided all other support to ensure the event was a success.

Delegate fee was around £50 per person (speakers and organisers were not charged). Around 70 delegates attended, which was an excellent turnout, and feedback from the event has been excellent. The lead academic on this workshop, Adam Wright, has written a workshop summary which has been accepted for publication in the journal Vaccine, and will appear in print in the next month or two.

Emails from attendees have also illustrated a number of collaborations, both formal and informal, have occurred or been set-up as a result of the workshop. These have included the development and submission of grant proposals, sharing of data and techniques and even the recruitment of a new member of staff!

This is the post-event webpage -

Click here to see the feedback from the event.

List of previous IDRN workshops

The EU Directive on Clinical Trials
Antibiotic Resistance and Public Health
Antibiotic Resistance: food & resistance and novel interventions to combat resistance
Epidemiological and programmatic research in tuberculosis
New vaccines & childhood tuberculosis, latent infection diagnosis, rapid diagnostic tests and TB/HIV
HBV, HCV and HCV/HIV co-infection
Bioterrorism - Early Detection & Response
Health research needs of prisoners both in and outside prisons
Methods in Molecular Microbiology (2005, 2006 and 2007)
Food Safety Research Strategy Workshop
Sexual Health Research Strategy workshop
Acinetobacter/ESBL-producing organisms
Grant-writing workshop
Human Tissue Act training event
UK CRC Challenge workshop (research priorities in HCAIs and AMR)
Health Protection Interventions event
Behavioural Sciences workshop
Research during outbreaks and incidents workshop
Lymphocyte kinetics in health and disease - an international workshop
Invasive human mycoses
Evolution and adaptation of foodborne pathogens
Scabies as a healthcare-associated infection
Mucosal Perspectives in Pneumococcal Disease

IDRN research outcomes

Click here to see a list of our outputs, illustrated by topic area.

Want to send in a suggestion?

Then do complete this online form. Reminder of the deadline for submissions - Thursday 19 November 2009.

In case of queries...

Contact Mike Head, or 020 7830 2239

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