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Research Carnival 2023

11th - 13th September 2023, Copenhagen
Research Carnival: Learning from MHPSS in Climate Change, Conflict and Migration.

Over the last decade conflicts, instability and climate-related disasters such as those in Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Central America and the Ukraine have resulted in significant mass migration and had profoundly negative impacts on mental health and psychosocial wellbeing.  Different parts of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have responded along with other organisations. This Research Carnival provides an opportunity to bring together those who have been working in mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) to showcase and share their experiences of undertaking research, monitoring and evaluation in conflict and migration settings to assist with our learning for the future. The programme will include a keynote address by Wietse Tol, who will consider the priorities for a 10-year research agenda for MHPSS in Humanitarian Responses, and a series of presentations from people across the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and beyond.

The Research Carnival will begin at 14.00 Central European Time on Monday 11th September and conclude on Wednesday 13th September at 13.00 Central European Time (local time in Copenhagen).

The IFRC’s Psychosocial Reference Centre (IFRC PS Centre) will host the Research Carnival but those attending will need to pay for their meals, transfers, flights and hotels.


Registration is now closed. If you wish to get in touch with the organizers, please email Sarah Kate van der Walt, sawal@rodekors.dk, Sarah Davidson sdavidson@redcross.org.uk, and Anna Tarsetti, annat@rodekors.dk, with the subject “Research Carnival”.

Monday, September 11th

14.00                 Welcome and introductions - Facilitated by Sarah Davidson (British Red Cross) and Sarah Kate van der Walt (IFRC PS Centre)

15.00                 Keynote address: Wietse Tol. Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Crises: Consensus-Based Research Priorities for 2021-2030.

Q&A facilitated by Sarah Harrison (IFRC PS Centre)

15.45                 Break

16.15                 Panel One - Facilitated by Ferdinand Garoff (Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare)

  • Rebecca Horn: Reviewing and promoting MHPSS research in the RCRC Movement with a repository “how to” toolkit.
  • Ganna Goloktionova: Mental health and psychosocial support in Ukraine during the war. Desk review.

16.45                 Reflections and wrap up

17.15                 Finish


Tuesday, September 12th

09.30                 Welcome back and introduction to the day

09.45                 Workshop: Children and youth across different contexts - Facilitated by Sarah Kate van der Walt (IFRC PS Centre)

  • Deepali Pavagadhi and Ashley Nemiro: Wellbeing of Yazidi children in the aftermath of the 2014 genocide.
  • Barnabas John: Addressing ambiguous loss in Yola, Northeast, Nigeria.
  • Bethan McEvoy and Kateryna Kryklia: Community based psychosocial activities for children in Ukraine.
  • Hamed Seddighi: The impact of small-scale, continuous emergencies on children's psychosocial well-being.

10.45                 Discussion: Identifying overlapping themes and implications for practice

11.15                 Break

11.45                 Panel Two - Facilitated by Jessica Lambert (Dignity Denmark)

  • Jacqueline Ndlovu: Journey to Scale - SH+ 360: Scaling up an evidence-based mental health intervention.
  • Ida Andersen: ICRC MHPSS programmes for persons affected by violence: Retrospective cohort studies of 12,000 service users in Africa.

12.15                 Discussion

12.45                 Lunch

13.45                 Workshop: Migration and refugees - Facilitated by Ida Andersen (ICRC)

  • Marie Høgh Thøgersen: The development of a multicentre database for research in refugee mental health.
  • Viktoria Zöllner and Rilana Stöckli: Sui App – a peer guided digital approach to provide mental health and psychosocial support to enhance the quality of life of refugees in Switzerland.
  • Charlotta van Eggermont Arwidson: Experiences of living in collective accommodation centres in Sweden while waiting for asylum.
  • Ferdinand Garoff: Mental health screening of newly arrived asylum seeker adults in Finland.

14.45                 Discussion: Identifying overlapping themes and implications for practice

15.15                 Break

15.45                 Panel Three - Facilitated by Hamed Seddighi (Red Crescent Society of Iran)

  • Reo Morimitsu: Posttraumatic growth among internally displaced persons in Ukraine.
  • Maha Elsamahi: “We care for each other": Evidence on the role of social connections and psychosocial support during drought, conflict, and in displacement.

16.15                 Discussion

16.45                 Reflections on the day and takeaways

17.15                 Finish


Wednesday, September 13th

09.15                 Welcome back and introduction to the day

09.30                 Panel Four - Facilitated by Sarah Davidson (British Red Cross)

  • Frédérique Vallières: Using participatory action research to assess a new supervision model for MHPSS programs in humanitarian contexts.
  • Vanessa Yim: The effectiveness and feasibility of psychological interventions for populations under ongoing threat: A systematic review.
  • Deepali Pavagadhi, Ashley Nemiro and Maya Bachet: Multisectoral desk review of MHPSS activities and funding in Bangladesh and Palestine.

10.15                 Discussion

10.45                 Break

11.15                 Breakout groups: Application of lessons learned

12.00                 Reflections and takeaways

13.00                 End