Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2013
The established annual Vitae Researcher Development International Conference is the largest dedicated event that brings together all those with a strategic and practical role in developing researchers.
The conference addressed the strategic and practical implications of the following themes:
- policy developments relating to the doctoral education and employing researchers
- building institutional capacity for researchers' professional development to maintain research excellence
- demonstrating the value of researcher development on research outputs, researcher careers, economic prosperity and society
- sustainable practice to support researcher skills, professional and career development.
Workshops addressed the conference themes, and in particular will cover:
- embedding training and development in the research environment
- the impact of researcher development and researcher careers
- implications of policy developments for higher education institutions
- developing the ‘global researcher'
- key transitions between academia and industry/other sectors, including employability and work experience and internships
- developing researchers for knowledge exchange, enterprise, public engagement and research in policy making
- developing researchers for leadership, multidisciplinary and collaborative working
- developing a supply of research talent, including widening participation and attractiveness of research degrees
- equality and diversity issues for research careers.
The 2013 conference included:
- the launch of the UK aggregate analysis of the Careers in Research Online Survey, being run by over 50 institutions
- the launch of the UK aggregate analysis of the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey, being run by over 40 institutions
- outcomes from the RCUK review of Review of Revised Funding Arrangements for Researcher Development and their Operation
- updates on the European Commission's feasibility study on a certification mechanism for good HR management of researchers linked to the European Charter and Code.
Participants at the conference:
- explored the political context for researcher development
- discussed strategic and practical ways of sustaining professional and career development for research staff and postgraduate researchers
- accessed the latest policy, information and research related to this field
- shared ideas and practice with a network of colleagues with a stake in developing the researchers.
"The conference was a great experience. I enjoyed meeting some very interesting people, the interest in our work was very encouraging and is opening up new networks and opportunities."
"This conference was much more than I expected, THANK YOU!"
"It was an inspiring event!"
2012 Conference participants