The Vitae Research Staff Conference in 2010 was for members of research staff who are active in research staff associations (RSAs) or who wish to become so. People who have an interest in setting up RSAs were also invited to attend. The event aimed to empower individuals through a greater understanding of policy and practice to make an impact on the experiences and careers of research staff within their own institutions and influence national agendas. Last year's inaugural conference resulted in the establishment of the UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA) and launched Vitae's successful Research Staff Blog. This year, even more than last, the emphasis was on the exchange of views by members of research staff alongside input on local, national and international developments.