1st Conference of the Swiss Implementation Science Network (IMPACT)

January 21-22, 2021, Basel (Switzerland)

The IMPACT conference, originally planned on June 4-5, 2020, has been postponed to 21-22 January 2021 due to the CoVID-19 pandemic.

We warmly welcome you in Basel to be part of an exciting next phase in Swiss health care research!

The 1st IMPACT conference consists of two parts: 

In the late afternoon of January 21, we will celebrate the official start of the Swiss Implementation Science Network with a keynote lecture by Prof. Dr. Michel Wensing, chief editor of the journal ‘Implementation Science’ (University of Heidelberg, Germany). 

On January 22, we organize an Implementation Science Masterclass with contributions from international implementation science experts, Dr. Cynthia Vinson (National Cancer Institute, USA), Prof. Dr. Leah Zullig (Duke University, USA), Prof. Dr. Byron Powell (Washington University, St. Louis, USA) and Prof. Dr. Michel Wensing. The Masterclass provides a mix of theoretical lectures, practical examples of Swiss implementation science projects and roundtable discussions. 

» The full program can be found here (PDF)

The conference and masterclass will be in English.

IMPACT conference opening January 21, 2021 01.12.19 – 15.05.20 Free
(limited places / registration closed)
Early bird registration Masterclass 01.12.19 – 15.02.20 CHF 250
Regular registration Masterclass 16.02.20 – 15.12.20 CHF 320 » Register online
Late or on-site registration Masterclass 16.12.20 – 22.01.21 CHF 350

Conference location
Thursday, January 21, 2021: Grosser Hörsaal, «Schönes Haus», Nadelberg 6, 4051 Basel
Friday, January 22, 2021: Kleiner Hörsaal, Zentrum für Lehre & Forschung (ZLF), Hebelstrasse 20, 4031 Basel 

Scientific committee 
Nursing Science, University of Basel
Department Public Health, University of Basel
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute 

In the event of cancellation, a written notification must be sent to the conference organisation. In the event of cancellation before December 15, 2020, a processing fee of CHF 50.00 will be charged; from December 15, 2020 onwards, the full registration fee will be due. Replacement participants will be allowed to enter without written formalities (bring the receipt section of the payment slip with you).

Conference organisation 
Ms Juliane Barnick 
Nursing Science (INS), University of Basel 
Bernoullistrasse 28 – CH-4056 Basel 
Phone + 41 (0) 61 207 09 16 
Fax + 41 (0) 61 207 09 55 
Email impact-dph@unibas.ch 
Twitter @impact_swiss


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International speakers
We are pleased to introduce you to our international speakers:

Keynote speaker:
Michel Wensing, PhD, is a professor of health services research and implementation science at Heidelberg University, Germany. He is based in Heidelberg University Hospital, Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, and head of a Master of Science program for health services research. He has an affiliation with Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, Netherlands, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Implementation Science. After graduation in social science, he focused on health services research within the medical sciences. His work aims to enhance the development of primary care and implementation science in healthcare.

Cynthia A. Vinson, PhD, MPA, is a senior adviser for the Implementation Science Team in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She works on building and sustaining the field of implementation science to enhance the integration of evidence-based guidelines, programs, and policies for cancer control in public health and clinical practice. As a member of the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership she is responsible for working within NCI and with other agencies and organizations to translate research funded by DCCPS into practice. She has helped launch many of the current initiatives, including Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T., Research-Tested Intervention Programs, SPeeding Research INTerventions, and many funding opportunities conferences and trainings.

Leah L. Zullig, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor in the Duke Department of Population Health Sciences where she co-directs the Duke Population Health Sciences Implementation Core. She also directs a new doctoral program in Population Health Sciences. Dr. Zullig has experience leading and collaborating on projects using a broad range of research methods to implement, adapt, and scale up evidence-based interventions and practices. She works in a variety of setting including integrated health care systems, community-based clinics, and academic organizations, among others. Her overarching research interests address the reduction of healthcare disparities, improving cancer care delivery and quality, and promoting cancer survivorship and chronic disease self-management.

Byron Powell, PhD, LCSW, is an assistant professor and co-director of the Center for Mental Health Services Research at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. His scholarship focused on barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence-based practices; designing, tailoring, and assessing the effectiveness of implementation strategies; and advancing implementation research methods. His research has primarily been supported by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Powell has served as faculty for several training initiatives, including the Implementation Research Institute, Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) and Knowledge Translation Canada Summer Institute. He is president of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration, and is on the editorial boards of Implementation Science and Implementation Research and Practice.

Bianca Albers, MSc, MA, is a co-founder and the chair of the European Implementation Collaborative (EIC). She is a seasoned organizational leader, investigator, and project manager with extensive experience in promoting the use of evidence in policy and practice in child, youth, and family services in multiple Western countries. In her work, she focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of research-supported programs, practices, and service models and on building the capacity within organizations and services to establish and maintain evidence-based practice and policy cultures. A key element in this work is the identification, selection, and translation of current best and relevant evidence.