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IReSH events Autumn/Winter 2023

We warmly invite you to our upcoming Autumn/Winter network 2023 meetings.

Network meetings include a presentation followed by Q&A, and time for further discussion and networking.

Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in SHBBV research in Scotland – please do save the following dates in your diary, and share with others who might be interested. All welcome!

The schedule for all upcoming IReSH meetings is as follows:

  • Tuesday 5th September:
    Speaker: Ese Johnson (Waverley Care). Discussing HIV testing and PrEP in culturally sensitive ways with People of Ethnic Minority
  • Tuesday 3rd October:
    Speaker: Dr. Chase Ledin (University of Edinburgh). Exploring Imagined Futures of Sexual Health in Scotland
  • Tuesday 7th November:
    Speakers: Dr. Rebecah MacGilleEathain (University of Highlands and Islands) and Isabel Steele (Senior Health Improvement Officer (Sexual Health, BBV & Youth Health), Western Isles). Sexual wellbeing among young people in remote and rural communities: research and service perspectives
  • Tues 5th December: 
    [speaker/s TBC]

All meetings are at 12-1pm on Zoom, with meeting links circulated via the IReSH mailing list. If you are not currently on the mailing list for the IReSH network, you can sign up here.


IRESH events in 2023

We warmly invite you to our Spring/Summer 2023 meetings, now with newly confirmed speakers. In light of industrial action, we have had to reschedule some of the previously announced dates, including the decision to cancel the February date entirely.

The schedule for all upcoming IReSH meetings is as follows:

Tues 14th March: 

  • Speaker: Marie Larsson (Lund University, Sweden). Investigating young people’s experiences of pregnancy and/or STI prevention through the concept of “Contraceptive Work”​

Thurs 20th April: 

  • Speaker: Lesley Maxwell (NHS GGC). PrEP service delivery at the Sandyford Sexual Health Service: Moving on from COVID

Thurs 25th May: 

  • Speakers: Dr. Carrie Purcell & Professor Lesley Hoggart, Open University. Social connectedness and supported self-management of early medication abortion: Experiences from the Covid-19 pandemic and learning for the future (seminar co-hosted with the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships)

Tues 20th June: [speaker/s TBC]

All meetings are at 12-1pm on Zoom. 

Monthly IReSH meetings (online)

After a quieter period in 2022, we are planning to restart monthly meetings for the (IReSH) Interdisciplinary Research in Sexual Health network in 2023.

Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in sexual health research in Scotland.

Please join us to discuss sexual health research happening across academic, policy and practice sectors, and to connect with others within Scotland’s sexual health community. Each meeting will include a 15 minute presentation followed by Q&A/discussion, and time for further discussion and networking. If you would like to share your research on one of the upcoming dates, please do get in touch!

Meetings will be 12-1pm on Zoom. Please do save the following dates in your diary!

  • Thurs 26th January: Presenters: Jill Wilson (NHS GGC) and Rachel Barr (NHS Lothian): “Moving from research about sexual consent communication into action – development of the Awkward Moments campaign
  • Tues 21st February: [speaker/s TBC]
  • Thurs 23rd March: [speaker/s TBC]
  • Thurs 20th April: [speaker/s TBC]
  • Thurs 25th May: [speaker/s TBC]
  • Tues 20th June: [speaker/s TBC]

Wishing you a restful break over the holidays, and we look forward to seeing you in 2023.


Sex, Drugs & Scotland’s Health Conference: Programme Launched

We are pleased to announce that the programme for the Sex, Drugs & Scotland’s Health virtual conference is now live!

Running virtually from the 19th until the 21st of October, this cross-sector conference will ask the question ‘Where do we go next for Scotland’s Health?’ At its heart will be discussion and debate around sexual health, blood-borne viruses and sexual wellbeing in Scotland.

You can read the full programme here.

To register your interest for the conference and further information please visit the conference website:

Registration for the conference will open in the coming days. Keep an eye on this site or our twitter account @IReSH_Scot where we will be announcing when registration is open.


Save the Date! 19-21 October: Sex, Drugs & Scotland’s Health

IReSH, HIV Scotland and our partners are delighted to announce that our Sex, Drugs and Scotland’s Health Conference will be held on 19-21 October 2021. Originally planned to take place in Dundee, our conference will take place online, providing our attendees with a virtual slice of the city!

Where do we go next for sexual health in Scotland? Organised by a cross-sector partnership, this brand new biennial conference will be used to highlight new and emerging issues and research, support workforce development and connect communities and those working within the SHBBV field in Scotland, the UK and internationally. At its heart will be discussion and debate around sexual health and blood-borne viruses in Scotland.

Further information about our exciting new conference is available now at this link.

The conference will bring together third sector organisations, academics, researchers and healthcare professionals who are committed to making Scotland a healthier country.

The time is now to share amongst your peers and colleagues before the abstract submission process goes live. More information on our submission guidelines are available here.

Calls for abstracts and general registration for the conference will open shortly, details will be posted to the Conference Information Page.

Follow Sex, Drugs and Scotland’s Health 2021 on Twitter via @HIVScotland and @IReSH_Scot, and join the online conversation using our official event hashtag #shbbvscot


VIDEO: Keynote by Dr Peter Keogh (Apr 2019)

In April 2019, we ran our IReSH Spring Conference in Edinburgh, entitled Doing sexual health research in Scotland: collaboration, innovation & community participation? At this conference, we were pleased to feature a keynote lecture by Dr Peter Keogh, Lead for the Reproduction, Sexualities and Sexual Health Research Group at the Open University. Peter’s talk – The knowledge problem in reproductive and sexual health: filling the pedagogic space – explored the potential usefulness of an approach that blurs the lines between research and practice, problematises the notions of ‘evidence for’ or ‘evaluation of’ and thinks instead about ‘communities of knowledge production’ and ‘praxis’. Peter suggested that this approach has the potential to strike a better balance between the political and the technical dimensions of our work. We are now able to share this keynote by Dr Peter Keogh, and follow up discussion and welcome your comments and engagement with these ideas below this post, on YouTube and Twitter

What are IReSH Events?

One of the main aims of IReSH is to bring its members together to meet each other, share ideas and research, and to spark collaborations in relation to sexual health and BBV research. Over the past few years, we’ve run a number of different events to help make this happen.

We run conferences for IReSH members to present on research and practice, and to engage with and across the sector. Continue reading “What are IReSH Events?”