This session, co-chaired by Professor Claire Foster from the University of Southampton, and Dr Kate Absolom from the British Psychosocial Oncology Society, will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted social and applied health research practices by challenging researchers to reconsider their designs, ethics and recruitment strategies. Speakers will cover issues such as navigating and conducting fieldwork, experiences of conducting large-scale programme grants, and trial design to optimise research delivery in the context of COVID-19.

By the end of this session, participants will have learnt more about the difficulties that researchers continue to face in response to the pandemic, how research practices have adapted, and how approaches may be irreversibly changed moving forward (such as increased use of virtual and digital platforms).


  • Ms Michelle Collinson – University of Leeds, UK (Trial design and methodologies in a pandemic)
  • Dr Alexandra Gilbert – Leeds Cancer Centre, UK (Trial design and methodologies in a pandemic)
  • Professor Eila Watson – Oxford Brookes University, UK (SWEET Programme)
  • Professor Deborah Lupton – University of New South Wales, Australia (Doing fieldwork in a pandemic)

2 category 1 (external) CPD for this session has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians. CPD Certificates will be sent to delegates automatically up to 10 days after the event date.

Who should attend?
Professionals interested in living with and beyond cancer research, including scientists, medical/clinical oncologists, social scientists/researchers, surgeons, early career researchers, nurses, allied health professionals, PhD and undergraduate students, research managers/funders, patient experts and carers (formally involved in research)


Sep 09 2021


10:30 am - 12:00 pm



In assocation with:

British Psychosocial Oncology Society
British Psychosocial Oncology Society