HSRPP Workshop Themes

There will be four HSRPP workshops held at Newcastle University during the second day of the conference (Friday 13th April). The workshops are designed to help academics develop a specific skill through teaching and learning in an interactive environment. Active participation from attendees is encouraged, and activities will be conducted to keep the participants engaged and to ensure maximum productivity and output.

HSRPP Workshop 1 – “Using qualitative research methods and the person-based approach”

Leaders – Dr Kate Greenwell and Rosie Essery

The workshop will explain how to implement the Person-Based Approach (PBA) to intervention development. The leaders will introduce the PBA and show how it can be used to:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the perspectives of people who will use the intervention to enhance feasibility and relevance
  • Help identify how to optimise interventions to address key behavioural issues and improve acceptability
  • Complement evidence and theory-based approaches to enhance uptake, adherence and outcomes in digital and non-digital interventions.

This workshop will be suitable for people who are new to the PBA, or those who would like to know more about how to use it in practice.

HSRPP Workshop 2 – “Introduction to Public Engagement”

Leader – Elin Roberts

This workshop is tailored for people who are looking to improve their presentation skill for face to face public engagement. It will include tips and tricks for better presenting, understanding your audience and dealing with potentially awkward questions, giving you simple storytelling techniques to help make your presentations interesting, thought provoking and memorable.

HSRPP Workshop 3 – Understanding big data using machine learning and visualization

Leaders – Professor Paul Watson and Nick Holliman

Machine learning: Deep learning provides an automatic tool for processing and classifying large data sets, it can sort data into categories and predict future trends from those results. It has recently had great success in classifying images, playing structured games like Go. We introduce how deep learning works, what type of data you need to use deep learning and the potential benefits and limitations of its results.

Visualization for Exploratory Data Analytics: Visualization tools for understanding big data are now more powerful and easy to use than ever before, they provide support for initial exploratory data analytics and also have advanced presentation methods built into them. We will demonstrate live the use of one desktop visualization tool using John Snow’s historical data set from the 1854 cholera outbreak in London.

HSRPP Workshop 4 – “Critical Writing Skills”

Leader – Susan Mitchell

A 90-minute session (60-minute lecture plus 30 minutes questions and answers) on how to critically assess one’s own and other people’s academic text succinctly and lucidly when writing for publication and submitting papers to conferences. The workshop will also deal with the negative aspects of research writing: identifying and commenting on a paper’s weaknesses, limitations, errors, breaks in logic and bias.

Tickets for HSRPP can be bought here until Monday 19th March

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