Vitae Connections Week 2021

“The Vitae conference is always a great event to learn about what is going on in the sector - first hand - and to meet and learn from peers”

Participant, Vitae Connections Week 2020

Vitae Connections Week 2021 is our annual international researcher development conference reimagined as a fully online event. Access from anywhere, connect with colleagues, and be immersed in the latest policy and practice of researcher development.

View our plenary recordings

View our workshop recordings, slides and outputs

View our On Demand content

Last year, almost 300 participants came together virtually from 17 countries, spanning Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia. Building on that success, Vitae Connections Week (#VitaeCon2021) will return from 7 to 10 September 2021. We invite you to join us remotely for four days of keynote presentations, expert panels, roundtables, workshops, and social activities, as well as a collection of videos and documents available to browse on demand. Be ‘out of office’ while you meet participants, contributors, and exhibitors, or dip in and out to suit your other commitments or time zone. Either way, the Vitae team will be here to welcome you to this highly interactive and varied event.

“The platform was fantastic, I thought it was really easy to use and to find other people to network with (especially ahead of the session)”  Participant, Vitae Connections Week 2020

Researcher development policy and practice have made dramatic shifts over the past year; responding to accelerating trends such as demand for provision that is accessible to a distributed and remote audience, and supporting researchers facing unanticipated challenges and a rapidly changing working environment. We will review the short and potential longer term impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on researcher development, researchers and the wider context for research, and regroup to build on the potential positive outcomes and mitigate or recover from any negative outcomes.

“The different formats of the different sessions were excellent in maintaining interest and concentration. The content was also fab!”  Participant, Vitae Connections Week 2020

Bookings are now closed. 

The call for content is now closed for live interactive, on demand and social contributions. Deadline 6 May.

#VitaeCon2021 will enable participants to:

  • Share challenges and collectively solve problems
  • Showcase and build on successes
  • Engage in conversations and make new connections
  • Demonstrate the relevance and impact of researcher development

View our live and interactive agenda for the week

Coming soon

  • Keynote speakers
  • Details of the Vitae 3MT® competition 2021 final

Feedback from 2020 

“Most enjoyable - the speakers' perspectives, especially Amanda and Ottoline.  Most useful - the fact that I could structure sessions around my other commitments.  I dipped in and out.”

“It was good to know that international presenters and participants could access and contribute hugely to the event without the need to travel”

“I enjoyed the range of topics covered, from doctoral researchers careers to entrepreneurship and EDI.”

“Congratulations to the Vitae team; very well-organised and friendly event. This was obviously a lot of work and you did wonderfully!”



Ticket type



3-for-2 Week





Vitae Member



£100 per person

(booked as £300 per three people)






Rates exclude VAT (if applicable).