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The 11th

March 2020 for all our research enthusiasts was the date that was etched

in their minds as the last date, pre lockdown when we hosted the 7th


research conference as a live event - yes a live event - in the superb surroundings

of Belfast Castle. One year later 10th March 2021 Marie Roulston Director of Social

Care and Children in the HSCB welcomed delegates to our 8th Annual Social Work

and Social Care Research Conference - our first virtual event. Whilst not now a

unique experience with many organisations and countries well ahead in this respect

it was our first experience.

The criteria, for hosting the conference virtually, were that we would be able to offer

the same variety of key note inputs workshops and opportunities for those who had

carried out research to present.

The theme of the event was Building a Research Community - 'ongoing learning:

human, digital and organisational'. With our programme available at

8th Annual Social Work and Social Care Research in Practice Conference 2021 - 1

( Speakers and delegates were not disappointed.

"What the event lacked in the ambiance of the surroundings it totally made up for in both the

quality of the presentations from key note speakers and workshop presenters. We are delighted

that we proceeded with the virtual event". (Anne McGlade Social Care Research Lead organiser)

Some comments by way of illustration

"The final conference

programme looked

amazing - well done".

"It's been a pleasure to take part in

the conference and contribute.

Sincere thanks for all the work on the

research agenda. It is

monumental and really appreciated".

"It was a great event

that was extremely well


"I got to attend some of the

research conference - it

was great, well done to

everyone for pulling if off


"The day was an excellent

event and a great

opportunity for so many

people to join and connect

throughout the day".

The decision taken in August to host

the event virtually proved to be the

correct decision. Over 200 delegates

linked in and participated on the day it

also has the advantage that others can

also benefit from accessing after the



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