A Blended Conference

For over 30 years, Common Ground has been invested in developing technologies that seek to break down barriers of access in scholarly communication. In each phase, we’ve built media platforms to support spaces for interdisciplinary dialogue, before such approaches were in vogue; connected international voices, when disciplines were too often isolated in national silos; and supported an agenda of access and equality, by offering pathways and opportunities for diverse voices.
We now propose another kind of intervention -- to build a scholarly communication infrastructure for a blended future.
Our blended model seeks to transcend physical boundaries by offering a platform to extend in-person conference content online, while ensuring online-only delegates are afforded equal participatory and experiential spaces within the platform. At the same time, the model offers participants a legacy resource to which they can return in the Event application, with access to a social space in our Community application where fellow participants can keep connected long after the conference ends.

Conference Themes and Special Focus

Founded in 2011, the Health, Wellness, & Society Research Network is brought together by a common concern in the fields of human health and wellness, and in particular their social interconnections and implications. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Twelfth International Conference on Health, Wellness, & Society features research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2022 Special Focus—Government and Society Collaborations: Responding to Pandemics
  • Theme 1: The Physiology, Kinesiology, and Psychology of Wellness in its Social Context
  • Theme 2: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
  • Theme 3: Public Health Policies and Practices
  • Theme 4: Health Promotion and Education

Conference Partner

Local Organizing Committee

  • Busisiwe Nkala-Dlamini (Dr), Senior Lecturer Researcher, School of Human and Community Development/Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Hlologelo Malatji, SARCHI PhD Fellow,
    Centre for Health Policy, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Kelebogile Tadi, Public Relations Officer, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Laetitia Petersen, Lecturer PhD Candidate, Social Work Department, School of Human and Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Lerato Moroeng, Financial Officer, School of Human and Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Makgotso Maja, Employee Assistance Programme Clinician, Momentum Holdings
  • Mamakiri Mulaudzi, Senior Research and PhD Candidate, Perinatal HIV Research Unit
  • Nkosiyazi Dube (Dr), Lecturer and Researcher, Social Work Department Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), University of the Witwatersrand
  • Reshma Lakha-Singh, Campaign and PR Manager, Development and Fundraising,University of the Witwatersrand,
  • Sello Tshabalala, Senior IT Technician, School of Human and Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Sinazo Pato, Senior Outreach Specialist, International Partnership for Microbicides
  • Thobeka Nkomo (Dr), Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Social Work, University of the Witwatersrand

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