Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2022

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Online event

Day 1: Tuesday 13 September 2022

UK Policy for researcher development

09:30 Plenary 1: UK policy perspectives and predictions
10:30 Break

Policy parallel contributor sessions A 

AHRC Guidance on training and developing early career researchers in the arts and humanities

Current and future trends in researcher development

Careers themed 'Watch Party'

11:45 Break
12:00 Summary and discussion from morning sessions 
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Plenary 2: Concordat implementation: Successes and systemic issues 
14:45 Break

Concordat implementation parallel contributor sessions B 

How do you tailor career development for postdocs? Prosper shares its approach

Toolkits for enhancing managers' support of ECRs' career development and progression: initial findings from a pilot study

16:00 Break
16:15 Summary and discussion from afternoon sessions 
17:00 End of Day

Day 2: Wednesday 14 September 2022

Global perspectives on the practice of developing researchers 

09:30 Plenary 3: Horizon scanning in researcher development  
10:30 Break 

Researcher development now and the future parallel contributor sessions C 

Mid-career researcher mentoring: A cross institutional model of career development for researchers achieved through collaboration between researcher developers

Researcher development by stealth 

What are the training and development needs for postdoc career pathways as we work towards a net-zero future?

11:45 Break
12:00 Summary and discussion from morning sessions 
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Plenary 4: Supporting researchers into, through and beyond the PhD
14:45 Break

Support for doctoral researcher's parallel contributor sessions D 

Supporting graduate teaching assistants during and beyond their PhD programmes

Supporting the needs of part-time postgraduate researchers: Connections across a region

Untangling the 'messiness' of research: Redressing the challenges to wellbeing, work-life balance and creative flow among doctoral students

16:00 Break
16:15 Summary and discussion from afternoon sessions 
17:00 End of day

Day 3: Thursday 15 September 2022

Cultures, environments, and impacts of researcher development  


Parallel sessions E 

Developing and sustaining effective researcher networks

Safeguarding the future of research: how can we support the careers of ECRs post-pandemic?

Capacity development for research - taking a strategic and holistic approach

10:30 Break

Parallel sessions F

Case study from the battery sector of the triumphs and challenges of creating bespoke initiatives to boost researcher professional development 

How to share a complex view of the Higher Education policy landscape through a researcher development programme

Evolving the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

11:45 Break
12:00 Vitae 3MT Final
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Plenary 5: Cultures, environments, and impacts of researcher development  
14:45 Break
15:00 Closing discussion and networking
17:00 End of Day

In Person event at County Hall, London

Day 4: Monday 26 September 2022

12:15 Networking lunch 

Welcome & Introduction  

Introduction: Prof David Oswell, Goldsmiths University of London

Keynote: Brigid Feeney, Place Team, SRI Directorate at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)


Workshop 1 

What does a positive research culture look like and how can we measure it?

Presented by Dr Emma Compton-Daw, University of Strathclyde & Dr Maria Weikum, University of Strathclyde

15:00 Refreshments and networking

Workshop 2

Improving research culture for all: An exploration of reward and recognition schemes for contract researchers and professional support staff 

Presented by Jennifer Brown, University of York, Liz Wands-Murray, University of York & Jack Garry, University of York



Presentation: Neil Jacobs, UK Reproducibility Network

Slides & Report

Closing remarks: Clare Viney, CEO Careers Research and Advisory Centre

17:00 Networking & refreshments
18:30 End of day

Day 5: Tuesday 27 September 2022


Networking breakfast



Introduction: Rachel Cox, Engagement and Policy Team Lead

Reflections on workshops from Day 4: Dr Tina Ramkalawan, Director of Graduate School, Brunel University London


Workshop 3 

Exploring practices to support researcher mental wellbeing throughout Europe

Presented by Brian Cahill, TIB - Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, Janet Metcalfe, CRAC,VitaeAdam Keszler, SciLink FoundationMelita Kovačević, University of Zagreb

11:00 Refreshments

Workshop 4

Evaluating your impact: going above and beyond the evaluation form

Presented by Sophie Morris, Edinburgh Napier University



Reflections from the contributors

Closing remarks from Dr Kate Jones, Vitae Head of Learning and Professional Development

13:15 Networking lunch
14:15 End of day