The Young Foundation announces new peer research conference, with a call for submissions

Date: 12 November 2021

On 23-24 March 2022, The Young Foundation will host its first peer research conference, Hive.

The conference will bring people involved in commissioning, delivering and responding to peer research together to discuss a range of issues facing the sector.

Today’s call is an invitation to submit a presentation, other media, or roundtable idea.

Conference streams

Submissions for oral presentations are invited for each of the six conference streams:

  • Youth – from young children to young adults
  • Health – both physical and mental health
  • Communities and place – issues of levelling up, place-making, social cohesion and integration, housing and regeneration, local economies or other issues which pertain to where we live and how we relate
  • Welfare and social justice – issues which affect those who are marginalised in society, whether that be homelessness, fuel poverty, digital exclusion, welfare reform or other issues
  • Creative methods – showcasing examples of particularly creative peer research, regardless of the research topic
  • Methodological innovation – covering topics such as how technology and digital methods are changing peer research, analysis of peer research at scale, evaluation of peer research and more.

We invite submissions from commissioners and funders, academia, third sector and other organisations training and supporting peer researchers, and peer researchers themselves. Joint presentations from groups that cut across roles and sectors are particularly welcome.

Roundtables

Submissions for roundtable sessions should be convened by an individual, group of individuals or a committee with a set of speakers who are invited to speak on and debate a specific issue. This part of the programme is intended to focus on polemical or challenging issues in peer research. Suggestions are provided but applicants are welcome to suggest their own topics.

  • What is peer research? For example, exploring the boundaries of peer research, citizen science and Public and Patient Involvement
  • Ethical issues in peer research 
  • The impact of peer research on policy and practice
  • Progression and the profession. For example, when do peer researchers become professionalised? Is the social research profession gate-keeping and restricting access to those who gain the skills outside of a traditional academic setting?

Posters and creative media

In addition to the traditional papers for presentations and roundtables, we welcome submissions for posters in relation to any of the conference streams. We particularly encourage contributions from peer researchers showcasing their own research, students and early career researchers.

In a break with academic tradition, we also welcome submissions in formats other than the classical academic poster. We welcome non-traditional posters and artwork, short films that can be played on a loop (suggested maximum three minutes) or any other creative media. The only requirement is that your submission must be able to tell its story ‘standalone’ without requiring a presenter.

There will be dedicated ‘poster’ sessions at the conference and a ‘virtual gallery’.

PechaKucha

PechaKucha sessions will include presentations of 20 images shown for 20 seconds each for a total of six minutes and 40 seconds. Presentations can cover any of the conference themes, celebrate success or failure, or tackle challenging issues in peer research.

Submissions and deadlines

Please submit the session or poster title, author names, contact details, and a brief abstract (max 500 words) by email to: peerresearch@youngfoundation.org with the email subject line ‘2022 conference submission – followed by the relevant category [presentation/roundtable/poster/PechaKucha]’

  • Abstract submission deadline for presentations and roundtables: 17 January 2022
  • Abstract submission deadline for posters, other creative media and PechaKucha: 31 January 2022
  • Notification of acceptance for presentations and roundtables: 18 February 2022
  • Notification of acceptance for posters, other creative media and PechaKucha: 25 February 2022

The deadline on all submission dates is 23.59 BST.

Find out more here and register your interest in attending here