Meetings and events

Prior to 2017, there was no focus for palliative and end of life care research at University of Bristol or across the South West; researchers and clinicians in different disciplines, institutions and settings were isolated, with no forum for networking and support and little collaboration to further larger grant applications.

Recognising the need for a regional hub, Drs Lucy Selman and Lucy Pocock established the Palliative and End of Life Care Research Network South West in January 2017, with the following aims:

  • Facilitating cross-institution and interdisciplinary connections, networking and collaboration
  • Generating/developing research ideas
  • Supporting clinicians and clinical services to become research active
  • Providing mentoring and support for junior researchers
  • Disseminating current/planned research, increasing impact and relevance 

We hold around 3 meetings each year and anyone with an interest in this area is welcome to attend. To be added to the mailing list for future events, please contact

In 2020 we are collaborating with charities, bereavement services and cultural venues across the city to host a new festival, Good Grief, Bristol. The festival aims to help people talk, think and learn about grief in Bristol and will take place in May during Dying Matters Awareness Week. It will involve dozens of scheduled events across the city - including a full weekend of events at Colston Hall, a conference at the University of Bristol and film screenings at Watershed. The initial programme will be announced in late January. Find out more here.

Read more about our 2019 'Death and dying in an age of denial' event here.

Forthcoming meetings and events:

22 January 2020: 

12:30-16:30 Please join us for the first research meeting of 2020. As always, we will start with a free lunch, and there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion. Register to attend here.


11-17 May 2020: 

Good Grief, Bristol: A festival of love and loss. A week-long festival to help people talk, think and learn about grief, bringing together speakers, film screenings, exhibitions, workshops, music, spoken word, a pop-up shop and a Memory Kitchen. Find out more here.

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