Vitae Connections: Supporting Open Researchers

FINAL speakers announced!

Vitae logo A Vitae event

The Queens Hotel, Leeds
Tuesday 1 December 2015

Membership discount available for this event 

Event preview

Researchers are under increasing pressure to be more ‘open’ in their research, through open access publication, open data, and their social media presence. What are the practical implications of providing appropriate professional development and support to ‘open researchers’? How does the pressure to be more open change behaviours? What to make of such factors as the requirements of funding bodies and the REF?

This one-day professional development event will focus on developing knowledge and understanding through theory and practice, as well as providing opportunities for networking and discussion. The content will be delivered through expert panel discussions, round table discussions, and interactive workshop sessions.

This event is open to all stakeholders with interest in the professional development of researchers in an open research environment, including researcher developers, staff developers, careers advisors, representatives of funding councils and charities, senior academics and managers, research managers and administrators as well as academic and research librarians.

Programme highlights

  • Researchers’ perceptions of ‘open’ – feedback from the recent #vitaechat
  • How does open access change behaviours? Helen Blanchett, Jisc
  • Implications for researcher development from the changing culture of research,  Professor Stephen Curry, Imperial College London
  • Career opportunities for researchers in an open research environment
  • European policy, funding, and research integrity
  • The development of competences for an open, networked research environment
  • Engaging the public throughout the research lifecycle, Derek Stewart OBE, National Institute for Health Research
  • How researchers can help the public to be more critical of research, Max Goldman and Donna Littlewood, Sense About Science and Ask for Evidence
  • A personal experience of developing the open researcher, Dr Rob Daley, Heriot-Watt University
  • A draft Open Research Lens on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF), Alison Mitchell and Dr Katie Wheat

Vitae Connections

The ‘Vitae Connections’ series of events is designed to provide insights, tools and tactics to be more effective in a researcher development role and to support the continuing professional development of staff supporting researchers.

Vitae CPD certification is available for this event and would provide appropriate evidence against the Careers Framework for Researcher Developers (CFRD), for example, in ‘Underpinning Knowledge’ and ‘Planning and Strategy’.

This event is part of our Open Researcher theme, including a Twitter chat for researchers, which took place on the #vitaechat channel, 23 October: “Open doors in your career through open research”. Please share this information with researchers at your institution and visit our Focus On page from the 19 October for even more resources and information related to open research.