Propose and Chair a D&I Symposium!

February 17, 2020


The Center for Dissemination and Implementation solicits proposals from Institute for Public Health Faculty Scholars for inter-, cross-, and multi-disciplinary, one-day symposia to be held at Washington University in St. Louis with the aim of advancing Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Research.

While definitions of D&I exist, the necessity of perspectives from many disciplines is a common thread. The use of knowledge that comes from economics, sociology and psychology for example, form the basis of many of the foundational concepts in Dissemination and Implementation research. Extending and exploring these intersections are crucial to the advancement of D&I science.

Focusing on a method or substantive topic, Faculty Scholars are encouraged to submit a proposal for a symposium consisting of a couple rounds of several brief presentations followed by discussion and the solicitation of papers.

For example, a symposium on adaptation could include perspectives and experts from design, anthropology and biostatistics. The topics might center on a particular substantive problem. Example: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis with antiretroviral medications in HIV is thought to be highly efficacious, yet worldwide use remains low.  A symposium could draw from perspectives in sociology, economics and or psychology as well as health expertise. If it is more functional to work with a different format for a particular method or topic, the  format suggested is flexible .

Please submit proposals as follows:

  • Name(s) and discipline(s) of the chair or co-chairs
  • A description of the topic and its importance
  • A target date (or month) for the symposium
  • Planned internal and external experts including school and disciplines
  • Anticipated products (papers/grant applications (if applicable)
  • Benefits to a community or society (if applicable)

The Center for Dissemination and Implementation at the Institute for Public Health will cover expenses for travel by external symposia experts as well as accommodations, refreshments, and a $1,500 stipend for the chair (or divided among co-chairs.)

Each symposium should plan for approximately 20 to 40 attendees. Up to $10,000 in total costs per symposium will be covered.

Two symposia will be scheduled in the next 12 months, then, symposia will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Center for Dissemination and Implementation will assist with the logistical work of arranging for travel reimbursement, space for the symposium and promoting the symposium.

*Applicants must be an Institute for Public Health Faculty Scholar. Applicants with scholar applications under review are also eligible to apply. Apply to become an Institute for Public Health Faculty Scholar.