IntroductionBridging the gap between research, policy and practice: The importance of intermediaries (knowledge brokers) in producing research impact
Proposals are invited for a conference to take place in London, 7 December 2011, on “knowledge brokers” – intermediaries whose role is to promote the use of academic research by non-academics, including policymakers, professionals, charitable organisations, business, industry and the general public.
Proposals may relate to any aspect of knowledge brokerage – the facilitation of knowledge exchange by intermediary individuals or organisations. We are keen to include contributions from both knowledge exchange practitioners and researchers – for instance, project presentations and case studies as well as traditional academic papers.
Submissions may include proposals for:
- Posters (research or project)
- Individual presentations (can have multiple authors)
- Panels (3-4 presentations around a single theme)
- Roundtables (informal discussion with several leaders on a particular topic)
- Workshops (interactive session providing some training and opportunity for collective thought and creativity)
The focus of this event is knowledge exchange in the social sciences, but there will be sessions available for discussion of knowledge exchange in other fields (for instance, the sciences, arts and humanities). You are encouraged to submit a proposal no matter what discipline you work in.