CEBP Conference – Bridging the Gap: Translating Interdisciplinary Research into Evidence-Based Practice


Ms. Charmaine LEE Pui-sze (left), Deputy Head of Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office, HKSAR, and Professor Catherine SUN

The Centre of Interdisciplinary Research in Evidence-Based Practice (CEBP) convened the first Institutional Development Scheme International Conference, “Bridging the Gap: Translating Interdisciplinary Research into Evidence-Based Practice”, on 3rd and 4th May at Hong Kong Shue Yan University. The conference served as the hub of discussion and innovation which gathered academic scholars, graduate students and industry practitioners around the world to translate research into practice.

Deputy Head of Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office (PICO) from the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Ms. Charmaine LEE Pui-sze was invited to kick start the conference. She mentioned in her opening remarks that evidence-based practice (EBP) is innovative and practical solution for the complex socio-economic problems. Our government can have a wider area of policy options to respond various social demands with support of evidence-based research. She commented “the conference today certainly will give us much food for thought in terms of how good to translate research outcome into practice.”

Four keynote speakers

Following the work of PICO and how our government encourages EBP to form innovative policy for social, economic and technological development, four keynote speeches and five panel discussion sessions were held. Professor John CARPENTER, the Emeritus Professor of Social Work from School for Policy Studies at University of Bristol and the Emeritus Professor of Social Work from School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University, was the first keynote speaker. He elaborated “Interprofessional Education and Training” with its researches on effectiveness and outcomes in United Kingdom.

Professor John CARPENTER

The second keynote speaker was Dr. Matt BOWLER, who is the MBA Director and Associate Professor of Management from Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He translated two decades of experience and research into practical application for both future research directions and management practice.


The following keynote speaker was Professor Ian SHAW, who is the S R Nathan Professor of Social Work from National University of Singapore and the Emeritus Professor of Social Work from University of York. He discussed the critical responses to EBP development and illustrated the cultural diversity, modernity and holism of transferring EBP to disciplines and professions.

Professor Ian SHAW

The last keynote speaker was Dr. Jason LODGE, who is the Associate Professor of Educational Psychology from School of Education and Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation at the University of Queensland. He introduced the research methods used in the learning sciences and how research from the laboratory can inform the improvement of education in the classroom.

Dr. Jason LODGE

Five panel discussions

In response to the themes of the conference “interdisciplinary research in evidence-based practice” and “research methods and localization of evidence-based practice”, the conference held five panel sessions for discussing the latest researches and practices in the following areas: occupational well-being, parenting, child protection, mediation and e-learning. Besides, there was an equipment demonstration session to showcase the recent research works at Shue Yan University. The conference also strives to support and encourage scholars in developing high impact researches. Thirty-seven papers were presented in oral and poster with topics related to criminology, education, health care, parenting, psychology, occupational safety, etc. These fruitful presentations showed that evidence-based practice is getting a larger involvement in various disciplines. All participants including invited local and international panelists, staff, students and practitioners has been fully involved in the conference, and has gained lots of insight into their research and practice.

The practical implication from research could benefit the community and provide the most suitable decision to policy makers. CEBP will continue to promote EBP and follow the slogan of the conference, “bridge research and practice”, by organizing a variety of EBP-related seminars, lectures and workshops. For latest events, please visit: http://bit.ly/CEBP-Events.

Group photo

Equipment demonstration

Poster display

Source: May Issue 2019

Bookmark and Share