As last year, the event was aimed at research staff who are active in research staff associations or who wish to become so. Ninety such members of research staff attended and participated. In the plenary, Cathee Philips of the well-established American National Postdoc Association gave an overview of the current situation for research staff and research staff associations (RSAs) from national and international perspectives.
After the morning plenary there were eight highly interactive workshops designed to share practice or contribute to UKRSA research. The afternoon plenary featured Dr Jennifer Rohn, telling the inspirational story of how she was moved to start the Science is Vital and its campaigning activities. The networking session at the end of the day was lively and well attended. A new addition to the conference programme were ‘optional workshops' before the start of the main program. They were designed to support individual research staff development.
The key outcomes from the conference are available in the report.