This talk was recorded live at DFTB18 in Melbourne, Australia. With the theme of ‘Science and Story’ we pushed our speakers to step out of their comfort zones and consider why we do what we do. Caring for children is not just about acquiring the scientific knowhow but also about taking a look beyond a diagnosis or clinical conundrum at the patient and their families. Tickets for DFTB19, which will be held in London, UK, are now on sale from www.dftb19.com.
It’s always nice to come across a paper that makes you pause. A paper that challenges, until you read it, what you know to be “true”.
Maybe you recognise the drill ……. you are tired, your frontline NHS job is tough, there is a list of jobs as long as your arm at home, you still need to book transport to attend this conference, and you’re not sure if work will provide any study funding. But you decide to go for it. You’re pretty sure there’ll be someone to sit with – but too late now. Within five minutes of arriving you are infected – the space has a buzz, the crowd has a buzz and there is great coffee and little mini muffins (an army marches on its stomach), and it only gets better from there.
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Team DFTB. Franz Babl: Behind the Scenes (Slide Design) – PREDICTing the Future, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
Researchers are delivering increasingly well designed studies, and validating them in multiple populations, in order to provide the evidence needed to improve care. Furthermore, increasing use of national, and international, research collaborations has improved our ability to test hypotheses and deliver interventions at an unprecedented scale. However while good practice guidance exists for the design, methodology and delivery stages of this research, there is often little practical guidance given to researchers on how best to present their research findings. While dissemination methodologies are widespread (creation of newsletters, embedding in national guidance etc.) a large amount of knowledge translation occurs at conferences between speakers and delegates. While grant awarding bodies and peer reviewers often cast an (objectively) critical eye over the delivery phase of studies the ‘conference’ dissemination phase is less well regulated. To be blunt, often people are afraid to feedback to the experienced researcher that their presentation of their research findings wasn’t very good.