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NHS Research Scotland (NRS) COVID-19 Research Talks

An evolving series of talks exploring the research response to COVID-19 in Scotland.

Hosted by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) and NHS Scotland Research – Central Management Team (NRS-CMT), with input from the NRS Infectious Disease Network; new talks will be regularly published by expert researchers working in Scotland and will cover the length and breadth of Scottish research into COVID-19.

We encourage and invite all researchers working on COVID-19 in Scotland to get involved and submit their work for consideration.  

Once published, talks and linked content will be available to view on-demand.

For further information, please email

Submit your work

We anticipate a substantial response to this request. To be as fair as possible to all potential contributors we will use the following two-stage procedure to select, categorise and plan the publishing of talks.

Before beginning the submission process, please read and note the full guidance in this section. If you have any queries regarding the below, please contact in the first instance.

Stage 1 - All potential speakers must:

Two-minute talks will be published online and used to identify and plan full 15-minute talks.

Stage 2 - Contributors will be contacted to:

  • Discuss and establish readiness to submit a full 15-minute talk
  • Submit a full 15-minute talk on your research by an agreed date
  • Provide responses to questions/comments collated 1-week following talk

Please record your talks using the following instructions:

Recording and uploading your talk(s)

If researchers feel they are ready to provide a full 15-minute talk immediately, email for discussion. General queries before uploading can be directed to

2-minute recorded talks

  • Should summarise your work, be no more than 4-slides and must be 2-minutes or less

15-minute recorded talks

  • Have no slide limit and can be a little shorter or longer than 15-minutes, talks longer than 20-minutes will be not be accepted
  • Should contain introduction, methods, results/findings, discussion and conclusions, and be contrasted with any related work
  • Should be pitched at a non-specialist scientific level, please consider limiting or explaining detailed technical language

An example of a short summary talk on NRS can be found on the NRS video platform.

  • Please name your files using the following format: COVID-19 Research Talk – Presenters Name – Title of Talk
  • Please use one of the following channels to upload your talk:

I am interested in listening to the talks

All talks will be available on-demand wherever you are, at a time convenient to you. If you would like to keep up to date when talks are made available, subscribe to our COVID-19 research talks newsletter.

  • Speakers will be notified when talks will publish
  • All talks will be promoted via NHS Research Scotland and partner networks
  • Join in the conversation online using #NRSTalks
  • Follow us on Twitter, @NHSResearchScot, or on LinkedIn