Thursday, 11 December 2014

52 weeks in public health research, part 49

Posted by Catt Turney Amelia Lake and Mark Welford

 Posted by Catt Turney: One of the photos taken by my colleague Britt Hallingberg at the DECIPHer symposium, where staff and students from the three partner universities (Cardiff, Bristol and Swansea) get together to discuss how our research is going and celebrate key achievements. As there are so many of us now we're only able to sympose once a year, and organising an ice-breaker at the beginning of the day is no mean feat. Luckily we had Dr. Jeremy Segrott (on the left, waving his arms in the air) on hand to conduct the task with aplomb. The ice-breaker involved a highly sophisticated and technically advanced approach to finding out our views on various subjects, by situating ourselves appropriately along a piece of string. This particular photo illustrates our views on mornings, about which we appear to have mixed feelings.
Posted by Amelia Lake: At this week's Fuse Members' Day - which was more popular? Fruit or crisps? (Disclaimer there were more bowls of crisps!!)
Posted by Mark Welford: Scott Lloyd demonstrating Mosaic, Experian's system for classification of UK households at the Fuse Members' Day. Mosaic is one of a number of commercially available geodemographic segmentation systems, applying the principles of geodemography to consumer household and individual data collated from a number of governmental and commercial sources. It's a bit scary how much it can churn out about you, your neighbours and where you live by simply entering a postcode!
Posted by Amelia Lake and Mark Welford: Fuse Director Ashley Adamson drawing to a close our Fuse Members' meeting at Durham University. A great meeting with lots of opportunities to catch up with colleagues from the five Fuse institutions and beyond!
The meeting was jointly hosted by the Fuse Communications Group and Knowledge Exchange Group and was centred around a blog post written by Scott Lloyd, Health Improvement Commissioning Lead, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.  He and his colleagues kindly agreed to give up there time to talk to us about improving partnerships, research and health.
This photo also shows off the new Fuse and AskFuse banners!
A reminder from the Fuse blog group:

Each Thursday of 2014 we’ll try and post around four pictures on the Fuse blog that capture our weeks in public health research, from the awe-inspiring to the everyday and mundane. Given that more of the latter than the former exists in most of our lives, we foresee problems compiling 208 images worth posting on our own. So this is going to have to be a group project. Send an image (or images) with a sentence or two describing what aspect of your week in public health research they sum up and we’ll post them as soon as we can. You don’t have to send four together – we can mix and match images from different people in the same week.

Normal rules apply: images you made yourself are best; if you use someone else’s image please check you’re allowed to first; if anyone’s identifiable in an image, make sure they’re happy for it to be posted; nothing rude; nothing that breaks research confidentiality etc.

Email your posts to or contact any member of the Fuse blog group.

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