It has been a very exciting week for SDHI. Over the past 7 days, we hosted a major European conference on emergent themes in mental health and addiction with over 70 delegates from 13 countries at the University of St Andrews, we were principal collaborators in a Scottish Universities Insights Institute (SUII) funded 2 day workshop series at the International Futures Forum home turf in the boathouse in Aberdour on understanding and fostering cultures of transformative innovation using health and social care integration as an example with delegates from as far as Australia, ran a postgraduate and early career researcher annual retreat in Kindrogan with students and academics from multiple disciplines from Dundee and St Andrews universities, and chaired on behalf of the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC) a combined workshop and advisory group meeting with pharmacists, GPs, academics and members of third sector organisations and the public at large on two workstreams: physical activity promotion in community-dwelling older adults and medicines prescribing safety. Moreover, SDHI Associate Director Dr Ed Hall and Dr Irena Connon presented a Dundee University Cafe Arts presentation to the general public on the Innovate UK co-funded collaborative project with Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSE PD) on vulnerability and power failure.
The events and activities epitomise the diversity, vibrancy, creativity and organisational competence and expertise of SDHI. They are a reflection of the excitement, support, collaborative ethos and respect that the Institute has attracted over now more than 13 years. We just want to stop for a moment and thank our friends and colleagues for their engagement and support that make these events and activities so special.