Background The dissemination of findings is a crucial part of research. There are many forms of dissemination and audiences differ depending on the focus of the dissemination. Aim To present using a recent experience as an example an overview of the benefits to vulnerable research participants of participating in the dissemination of research, as well as potential issues that may occur. Discussion There are many benefits to involving research participants in conference presentations. However, it is crucial to provide appropriate support and debriefing, and to put plans in place to ensure they are safe. Conclusion Multifaceted dissemination strategies are needed to meet the various audiences for research. Involving research participants can provide unique perspectives. However, careful planning is required to produce the best possible outcomes. Implications for practice Researchers preparing to disseminate research findings with research participants in a conference setting can use this article to assist with the recognition of benefits and challenges that may arise.