International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health: 2014 Conference in Gothenburg

The International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health (ISSOP) held their 2014 Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden from June 16-18. Click here to see the outline of the conference and click here to get to a webpage to download any or all of the conference presentations.

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The conference was held at the Nordic School of Public Health. Sadly, at the end of 2014, the Nordic School of Public Health is closing its doors after being the oldest public health department for the Scandinavian countries.

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The venue however was great, as the backdrop to the conference was the North Sea (Skagerrak & Kattegat more specifically) allowing for many great sunsets to be seen.

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The conference consisted of 150-200 people, with main speakers presenting mainly on an overview of a certain topic, helpfully introducing the next parallel session. The great thing about the parallel sessions was that there were only two to choose from, meaning that each presenter had an audience of at least 60 people.

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Lisa presenting in one of the parallel sessions

Since the conference is so specific to a certain field, many of the people there (mainly researchers and bureaucrats) had excellent questions and insights.

The conference was also set up in such a way that there was plenty of downtime between the sessions (often an hour or more). This meant that it was easy to network and no need to rush off to try to get 5 minutes in with someone before the next session.

Lunches were rather plain, with simple sandwiches, but snacks/fika was also provided in the morning and afternoon. Typically this was fruit in the morning and something sweet in the afternoon.

However, the dinners were quite grandiose. The first night the participants were treated to a lovely boat excursion around part of Gothenburg’s archipelago (with a complimentary dinner and two alcoholic drinks served).

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The second night was at a Rådhuset (finger foods and one alcoholic drink served). Lots of time for mingling and networking.

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Overall the ISSOP conference is of high quality with a lot of interested people attending, coming from all over the world. But recognize that not all of the participants are researchers and therefore the presentations should be tailored as such.

Click here to read about my (Michael B. Wells’) presentation and poster, click here to read about my Social Pediatrics colleagues’ presentations, click here to read about how we brought our research to the streets of Gothenburg, and click here to see the pictures I took of Gothenburg.

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