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The 2024 Royster Global Conference will be held June 4-7, 2024, on the campus of King’s College London. The theme of this year’s conference is “Beyond the Research: Communities and Knowledge Equity.”

A large 6-story classical style stone building in London, England surrounded by ring of trees. A red double-decker bus is in front of the building.
King’s College London – Bush House Building, by Fil Brit, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The practice of research both implies and imagines those it intends to serve. Researchers are driven by questions that assume an engaged and vested population that regularly receives the direct and indirect impacts of the researcher’s work. But such assumptions often miss the benefits of active engagement with communities. In other words, when we design our studies, we assume what our research subjects expect or need, often without their active input or shared decision-making power. Furthermore, some research findings either never reach the breadth of their intended audiences or are never fully developed, lying forever on the proverbial dusty academic shelf.

What does it mean to do engaged or community-based research? What does it mean to create knowledge that has a real-world impact? How can we best work with communities to translate our findings? How is engaged knowledge production and dissemination mediated by technology?

The 2024 Royster Global Conference will explore these questions and more, focusing on the challenges of creating engaged, collaborative, and translational research with and for the communities we serve.