How all researchers are leaders #vitaechat

From an early stage in their career, researchers are acting as supervisors and mentors, planning and managing projects, and leading the creation of new knowledge. But what should and could researchers do with their leadership experience?

"Leadership is the ability to inspire or influence others towards the leader's goal it is not Management or Directing" Professor Chris Firth, Thales UK

During this live Twitter chat, the host will lead participants through a discussion of influence, authority and responsibility for researchers and their potential as a future leader in academia, in other employment sectors and of societal change.
The chat will address questions such as 

  • Are you actually leading in some situations even though you (or others) may not have recognised that?
  • How can you create opportunities to exert influence even where you are not the formal leader?
  • What are your wider leadership responsibilities as a researcher? Such as knowledge creation and transfer, influencing policy, and leading societal change?

Join us on the 7 April, on 11 am (BST) on the #vitaechat stream to reflect on your leadership achievements so far and to understand how to prepare yourself for future leadership opportunities.


This Twitter chat is part of our Leadership theme, including an event on 28 April 2016: Leadership in researcher development: Vitae Connections.

Visit our Focus On page for resources and information to help you achieve your leadership goals. 


What is a Twitter chat and how do I participate?

A Twitter chat is a live discussion on a set day and time, usually facilitated by a designated person, around a particular topic. If you have never used Twitter or taken part in a Twitter chat before, there are a lot of helpful guides around (e.g. 10 Commandments for Twitter and Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities)

How do I join in?

  1. Log in to Twitter (you will need a Twitter account) at 11am (UK time) on Thursday April 7 2016
  2. Search for the hashtag #vitaechat on Twitter and select the “Live” tab
  3. Follow @vitae_news
  4. Our #vitaechat moderator, Katie Wheat, will post a series of discussion questions from the @vitae_news account
  5. Tweet your replies to the discussion questions and add your thoughts around the topic
  6. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #vitaechat to each of your tweets so that it shows up in the discussion stream

Why should I join?

Twitter chats are an open discussion, allowing participants from around the globe to meet and chat in real time around a shared interest. They are often fast-paced and exciting, with lots of different conversations happening simultaneously.

Benefits of joining a Twitter chat include the opportunity to

  • broaden your network outside of your usual circles
  • find out more about a new topic
  • be exposed to different perspectives on a familiar topic
  • offer advice, share your expertise, and contribute to a pool of knowledge.

What if I can’t make it at that time?

We will record the tweet chat and post a summary of it here afterwards so that you can view the chat if you missed it. 

Register, if you would like to be notified about future Vitae events