INSPIRE Midday Roundtable
The INSPIRE midday roundtable will bring together behavioural scientists from various career stages. This is an opportunity for early career researchers to learn from the experiences of senior researchers at various stages and disciplines. Senior researchers will be asked to reflect on how they achieved milestones in their career and to provide advice for up-and-coming researchers within behavioural medicine. The roundtable will also provide an environment for interactive discussions and is a great chance to get some of your common career questions answered.
Are you presenting a poster at ICBM? Would you like to be matched with a mentor to discuss your research (or other issues) while at the congress? As an early career researcher you can indicate interest in being “visited” by a mentor during the poster sessions. It will be up to mentors/mentees to decide how long you’d like to chat, and the topics of conversation.
What past mentees have said about mentoring activities at ICBM… “It is a wonderful experience and I found it very beneficial” “It is a useful way of sharing your work with people more experienced in the field and hearing what they have to say about the type of work you’re involved in.”
Poster mentoring at ICBM 2014 is a great way to get connected with established researchers who will be attending the congress and builds on the successful mentoring activities INSPIRE and the Education and Training Committee have run in previous years.
INSPIRE was excited to be involved in the 2012 International Congress of Behavioral Medicine in Budapest. We were involved in three major activities during the congress.
- 2012 Satellite forum: Getting Research into Policy and Practice: Advancing the Science for Dissemination and Implementation in Behavioral Medicine
Jointly organized by the International Collaborative Studies Committee, the Organisation Liaison Committee and the INSPIRE special interest group, the ICBM 2012’s Pre-Congress Forum successfully drew on the knowledge and experience of expert speakers and forum participants from around the world, in order to learn more about research related to the implementation of research findings into policy and practice as applied to health issues in different settings and countries, theoretical frameworks, models, research approaches and measures that can be used to undertake dissemination and implementation research in behavioral medicine and to identify ways of working together in the future to further advance the evidence base for better implementation and translation of behavioural medicine interventions, globally.
- 2012 Speed mentoring
A one-hour opportunity for early career researchers to meet briefly with more established researchers in the field. Early career researchers rotated around the tables of mentors in a structured manner, asking any questions they have for each mentor (5 minutes with each mentor). This activity provided a low-commitment opportunity for more established researchers to provide support and advice to a wide variety of early career researchers.
- 2012 Social gathering
INSPIRE grew out of early career network activities at the 2010 International Congress of Behavioral Medicine in Washington DC. Early career network activities from that congress are described below:
- 2010 ECN pre-conference workshop: “Cross Cultural Research in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management” – Edwin B. Fisher, Brian Oldenburg, Renée I. Boothroyd, Carina K. Chan, Marisa Finn
Research on health promotion, prevention and management of chronic diseases provides numerous challenges, including the identification of appropriate outcomes and indicators of benefit (e.g., behavior change and/or clinical indicators and/or quality of life), identification of reliable measures that can be used efficiently in clinical or community settings, and developing ways to characterize key features of programs while allowing flexibility to tailor programs to organizational strengths and differences in cultural, population, and health system features. These challenges are heightened in international efforts to study and promote behavioral medicine interventions.
This workshop reviewed several approaches to addressing these challenges, while showing early career investigators how to enhance their contributions to global literature on health promotion and self management of chronic disease.
- 2010 Informal social gathering
- 2010 Early career network roundtable
If you would like to suggest INSPIRE activities from our next meeting – the 2014 International Congress of Behavioral Medicine please contact Carina Chan