Call for content

Call for content for Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2015

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The established 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 annual Vitae Researcher Development International Conference in 2015 will bring together over 300 UK and international professionals for a two-day programme of policy and strategic development, learning and practice sharing.

Conference content proposals

We invite proposals for workshop sessions and special interest sessions.

The conference will address the strategic and practical implications of the following themes:

  • Policy developments relating to 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

Choosing what to propose

The following information is designed to help you choose how you can best contribute to the information and practice sharing activities at the 2015 conference. If you would like to discuss the best format or suitable collaborators for your proposal, please contact 01223 448527.


Workshops must be well planned, structured sessions. They will have clear learning outcomes for participants and address an area of policy or practice in researcher development. How each workshop develops one or more of the conference themes will be easily identifiable.

There will be two different formats of workshop:

  1. A 55 minute workshop addressing an area of policy or providing information and discussion on a researcher development policy related topic.  These workshops will run on Tuesday 8 September.
  2. An 80 minute ‘interactive’ workshop addressing an area of practice in researcher development. These workshops will run on Wednesday 9 September.
Workshop themes
  • New approaches to enabling researchers to reach their potential and make powerful career choices
  • Working with PIs and supervisors to transform professional development for researchers and embed professional development in the research environment
  • Case studies and examples that mainstream equality and diversity for researchers and the research environment
  • Developing a pipeline of research talent, including widening participation issues and the strategies to attract the best candidates into research degrees
  • Leadership development for researchers
  • Researcher development and researcher careers evaluation and impact studies to further our understanding and knowledge of the researcher landscape
  • New and interesting ways of supporting mobility - international, intersectoral, interdisciplinary and virtual mobility
  • Researcher development within the cohort model: practice sharing from doctoral training centres/partnership and other cohort based models including European and international collaborations (e.g. ITNs)
  • Researchers' development across boundaries: learning from international collaborations, exploring inter-cultural competences and business/industry collaborations in developing researchers
The deadline for proposing a workshop is Monday 8 June 2015, we will let you know whether your proposal has been successful by Wednesday 8 July.

Special interest sessions

Special interest sessions will last 30 minutes and offer an opportunity to explore an area that does not clearly fit into a workshop because:

  • the topic relates to the conference themes, but is a specialist topic of interest to only some participants
  • the session structure is very flexible and/or has no predefined outcomes
  • the topic is a fledgling/undeveloped idea that you would like to develop further with other interested participants
  • you will have emerging outcomes/results from a project that you would like to discuss with other interested participants
  • the proposal is submitted after the workshop closure date