Ideas Lab


The Ideas Lab is an interactive and free-thinking workshop event to bring together a unique mix of expertise from various disciplines to form research teams that produce high quality research proposals with the potential to deliver practical solutions to the challenges around mental health for children and adolescents.

The broad aims of the Ideas Lab are to generate research proposals which can:

  • Build a better understanding of the problems and challenges posed by mental illnesses and allow these to be framed in a clearer way.
  • Address the key research challenges that are identified.
  • Identify a common language between disciplines.
  • Facilitate interaction between key researchers and users and persons concerned.
  • Bring in multi-disciplinary perspectives to problems, thus increasing the innovation potential of the research teams.

The Ideas Lab will run over five days starting late afternoon on 24 May 2017 and finishing in the evening on 28 May 2017.

The Ideas Lab can be broken down into several stages:

  • Defining the scope of the challenges together with LBG
  • Evolving common languages and terminologies amongst people from a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines
  • Sharing understandings of the challenges, and the expertise brought by the participants to the Ideas Lab
  • Taking part in break-out sessions focusing on the challenges, using creative thinking techniques
  • Capturing the outputs in the form of highly innovative research projects
  • Formation of the research teams consisting of Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators
  • Selecting the projects using “real-time” peer review as well as a validation check remote review