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Registration open for Sex, Drugs and Scotland’s Health Conference

IReSH, HIV Scotland, and our partners are delighted to announce that registrations for the Sex, Drugs and Scotland’s Health conference have now opened!

Sex, Drugs & Scotland’s Health Virtual Conference: Get your ticket now! 


Click here for the full Conference Programme.

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?”