Surgical Speed-Meets: Call for Participants

April 2019

We're looking for surgeons to take part in our new series of public engagement events...

Surgery & Emotion is launching a new series of public-facing events. Our Surgical Speed-Meets will give members of the public a chance to interact 1:1 with surgeons. We aim to humanise and de-mystify surgical practice. Moving away from the stereotype of the detached surgeon, we want to open up conversations about the whole range of emotions involved in surgery, from joy to grief and curiosity to fear.

We’re planning five events, which will take place across the country over the next year and a half. The first will be in London, in association with the Hunterian Museum (Royal College of Surgeons of England), from 6-9pm on Tuesday 2 July. Future dates and locations will be announced in due course.

These informal evening events will run along the lines of a speed-dating format, with our attendees spending a few minutes speaking to each surgeon and rotating around the room. At the end of the event, we’ll come together as a group over refreshments to reflect on what we’ve learned. The events will involve a small group of around 30 participants (15 surgeons, 15 members of the public), and will also feature historical perspectives from our researchers.

If you’re a surgeon interested in taking part in these events (either in London or elsewhere), please get in touch with us at by Monday 17 June. Tell us your name, position, where you work, and why you’d like to be involved (up to 100 words).

We’re interested in hearing from trainees, currently practising or recently retired surgeons. We want a really diverse group, who would be comfortable chatting with people about their work. No prep is required, just come along ready for an evening of reflection. We can reimburse (local) travel expenses.

If you’re not a surgeon but would like to attend one of our events, watch this space – we’ll be advertising sign-ups shortly.

These events are supported by Wellcome Trust Research Enrichment - Public Engagement funding.