Conference participants from across the world praised the volunteer programme of the 3rd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Cape Town for the hospitality and service it provided. This was possible because of the tireless work of a dedicated, well-trained and well-organised team of local organisers and volunteers. As the co-ordinators of this volunteer programme, we seek in this blog to share our experiences with the organisers of similar conferences.
Researchers and educators from CHESAI are looking forward to a very active 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. As a collective, but also in collaboration with colleagues from other networks and organisations, we will be participating in a host of oral presentations, satelite & organised sessions, multimedia presentations and poster displays.
We would love to meet up with you in Vancouver. Please continue reading to see what we will be up to and where you can find us.
The previous edition of this blog reflected on the rewards and challenges of collective writing across academic disciplines, as a way of enriching one’s HPSR work and coping with the pressure to publish. Today, we focus on the organisation and benefits of writing retreats, one of CHESAI’s key strategies for stimulating collective writing.
Writing retreats are one of the backbone activities of academic practice. They provide academics with dedicated space to write, discuss, get to know each other, and reach out to colleagues, while making progress on those papers that are often pushed aside due to myriad assignments in the office.
As young academics and early-career researchers, the pressure of publishing to secure your post, status or promotion can be daunting. One way of overcoming this pressure is to write collaboratively with your supervisor, senior colleagues or fellow researchers. Collaborative writing can be very attractive and easy to initiate, but it can also be frustrating.
This blog reflects on our collaborative writing experience as CHESAI post-doctoral fellows in Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR). It is a reflection that derives from the various collaborative writing opportunities - together as fellows and with other senior HPSR researchers - that we have had and continue to enjoy. Many of these came about through engagement in CHESAI research and other activities, including participation in CHESAI writing retreats and workshops.
Dr Gina Teddy started as a participant in the annual Winter School of the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape after she joined the Health Policy and Systems Division at the University of Cape Town as a CHESAI post-doctoral fellow.
The following year she taught on one of the Winter School’s courses. Since then, she has established the Centre for Health Systems and Policy Research (CHESPOR) at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. In August 2015, 68 participants attended the first CHESPOR Winter School in Ghana.