Between 2021 and 2022 we hosted monthly lunchtime Open Lab meetings for our network to come together, hear the latest research, and join the conversation.
As per the name, the sessions were ‘open’ to all network members, and we encouraged anyone with an interest in research focused on children and young people’s mental health to attend.
Each Open Lab was slightly different, but was always a friendly and informal space that allowed participants a chance to get to know each other and form useful connections. A session might include:
Short research presentations
Short presentations on a practical topic e.g. methodology, securing grants, communications, etc.
An opportunity to ask questions of the speakers
Breakout sessions to allow participants to discuss topics raised informally with one another.