Vitae Connections Week 2020

"We should revel in the discomfort of the current moment to generate a 'new paradigm', not a 'new normal'"

Chime Asonye, Former Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals, Office of the Executive Governor of Abia State, Nigeria

Watch the recordings from our Plenary Sessions including keynote speeches by Minister Amanda Solloway and Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Due to ongoing restrictions on travel and social contact, Vitae Connections Week 2020 will take place online. This follows the postponement of the next physical Vitae Researcher Development International Conference to 2021 in Birmingham. As we develop the programme and plans, we will populate these pages in more detail. Please refer to our News page or subscribe to Vitae News to be notified of any updates.

Take part in Vitae Connections Week 2020 (#VitaeCon2020); a collection of live and on demand opportunities for knowledge and practice sharing, networking and discussion among those with an interest in researcher development globally. The week of online activities will run from 14 to 17 September and will include live-streamed keynote presentations, small-group interactive and discussion sessions, our popular poster session and exhibition area reimagined for remote access, as well as the Vitae 3MT competition 2020 final, sponsored by Taylor & Francis.

 #VitaeCon2020 will be an opportunity to celebrate the successes of a rapid transition to remote delivery of researcher development, as well as an opportunity to learn from peers, test out new platforms for online engagement, and consider the long-term implications of COVID-19 for the future of researcher development and research culture. Furthermore, by taking place online, with a mix of closed and open sessions, we are encouraging participation and networking to extend beyond the boundaries of the core programme, through to “fringe” activities and social media engagement. By providing this hub for the researcher development community, we aim to create links across institutions, job roles, countries, and time zones and increase the visibility of researcher development worldwide.

In these pressured times for higher education and research funding, it is more important than ever to demonstrate the place of researcher development in supporting researchers and research.

#VitaeCon2020 aims to provide those working in researcher development with opportunities to:

  • Share and solve challenges during this time of global crisis

  • Showcase and build on successes

  • Make new connections and join stimulating global conversations

  • Demonstrate the relevance and impact of researcher development to new audiences

#VitaeCon2020 will feature the 2020 UK Final of the Three Minute Thesis Competition 3MT®, that challenges doctoral candidates to present their research and its significance in just three minutes. 


Bookings are now open

The full programme for Vitae Connections Week 2020 is now online. There are options to purchase a ticket for the whole week or per session. Discounted rates are available for Vitae Members and contributors, and there will be a limited number of free places at some sessions.

Ticket types and rates (excl. VAT):

  • Vitae Member Connections Week ticket (whole week access)  £150
  • Vitae Member day ticket (specific day access)  £75
  • Vitae Member exhibition, posters and networking session ticket (limited places)  £0
  • Non-member Connections Week ticket (whole week access)  £250
  • Non-member day ticket (specific day access)  £125
  • Vitae 3MT competition final ticket  £0