The International Network for Research on Inequalities in Child Health (INRICH) met for the 6th year on June 12th & 13th, 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Led by the Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS), between 50-60 people attended the workshop. Despite the small number of attendees, the conference truly was international, comprising people from at least 13 countries, including: Sweden (host country), Brazil, Canada, USA, China, England, Spain, Scotland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Australia, Denmark, and Finland.
Unlike a typical conference, each speaker speaks to the entire audience. This is great because the audience gets to hear all of the latest findings and the direction of the various fields, as well as all of the questions that the audiences asks of the speaker (the Q & A portion typically lasted 15 minutes, so plenty of time for good questions to be posed).
Meanwhile, the speaker has a very attentive and full audience. Perhaps this is why the talks were of such high quality. Click here to see the complete program.
Coffee breaks and lunches yielded great times to mingle and meet others. They also had an evening dinner and a boat excursion to the archipelago that were optional retreats. Click here to see the materials and excursions offered.
I had one of three posters (and only one of those two others were actually posted on the wall)–this meant that I was easily in the minority, since most people were there to give talks. But since they organized coffee and snacks in the same room as the posters, many people read my poster, and sought me out (when I wasn’t standing next to the poster).
In other words–this small workshop group was highly involved and interactive with each other, making the INRICH Workshop productive in collecting similar research-minded people together from around the world.