In 1994, the concept of a global meeting to address significant issues facing our research was put forward by the director who identified a working group to establish the series which began in 1996. The objective of these Hopkinton Conferences was to distinguish the Research Institute as a pre-eminent leader on key methodological issues within our disciplines in occupational safety, injury and disability. The Conference involved:
- The creation of a special, intimate community of researchers on a methodological topic.
- Development of manuscripts on key scientific aspects.
- A 2-day conference to review, debate, revise; examine global issues and research priorities.
- Dissemination through a special issue of leading peer-reviewed scientific journal.
- Potential research output extension into monographs, books,etc.
- The Hopkinton Conference served as a stimulus for further collaboration, and contributors form a new research network
Clearly, this objective demanded considerable effort and time and was not intended to be an annual event. In this period three conferences were held:
three more were organized in the later period: