Call for content 2022

Content submissions to the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2022 are now open!

The call for content is open and we invite you to submit your proposal for peer review. Proposals can relate to an online activity, discussion or presentation, on demand content in the form of a short video or document, or an in person activity, discussion or presentation. 

Proposals should aim to enhance #VitaeCon2022 by:  

  • Moving the collective conversations of researcher development forwards 
  • Building on past and current experiences to predict future goals and challenges 
  • Showcasing examples of policy and practice and enabling participants to embed them 
  • Bringing together diverse perspectives to create shared learning 

Proposals must relate to at least one of the following themes: 

  • Cultures, environments, and impacts of researcher development
  • Horizon scanning in researcher development (post-Covid 19 and beyond)
  • Supporting researchers into, through and beyond the PhD 
  • Researcher Development Concordat implementation; successes and systemic issues 
  • UK policy for researcher development; perspectives and predictions 

Further information and the forms to submit your abstract can be found below by content type. 

We welcome submissions by those who are new to the conference. If you would like to speak to someone about preparing your submission, please email Hannah Russell at events@vitae.ac.uk   

Online sessions 

Online sessions will feature content to be delivered in a live and interactive way during Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 September 2022. Online sessions will primarily take place in parallel, within thematic blocks A-D, and additionally blocks E and F. 

Online sessions could be an interactive workshop (e.g. a taster session or professional development activity), a presentation, or a roundtable discussion. Abstracts should clearly describe the session format so that participants come prepared to interact, listen or discuss. Abstracts must also describe the intended outcomes for participants and relationship to the conference themes. If prior knowledge is expected or suggested, please provide links to appropriate resources, such as blogs, recordings of past sessions, or research papers. Session contributors are encouraged to provide new knowledge, examples and perspectives that create learning opportunities for all participants. 

All proposals for online sessions will be peer reviewed by an external panel who will be aiming to create a varied programme, both in theme and format. Submissions not accepted for an online session may be offered an alternative format. 

The lead proposer is responsible for providing sufficient information for the peer review panel to judge how the session would enhance the experience of #VitaeCon2022 participants. If accepted, the lead proposer will also be responsible for providing the following to the #VitaeCon2022 events team: 

  • Their own and any additional contributor biographies and photos 
  • Final abstract and any supporting materials 
  • PowerPoint slides, if using 
  • Online meeting/session access details (e.g. Zoom link) 
  • Recording and/or summary after the event 

Online sessions may be hosted on contributors’ own platforms (e.g. Zoom, MS Teams). Please state which platform you intend to use, or whether you will need access to a Vitae hosted platform (limited licences are available). Thematic blocks and parallel session times are shown in the draft programme however we will do our best to accommodate timing requests, for example due to time zone or other responsibilities. 

If accepted, the lead proposer and any additional contributors will be provided with a code to access the discounted contributor rate to attend the whole event. Additional contributors will not automatically be able to access the rest of the event without booking a ticket. 

Full guidelines, deadlines and an invitation to a briefing meeting will be provided to all accepted contributors. 

On demand content 

On demand content is an ideal way to make the most of the online event format by sharing examples of policy and practice through a short video, written submission, set of slides, or digital poster to be viewed by participants whenever is convenient for them. On demand content will be published on the event platform and made available to participants before, during and after #VitaeCon2022. It will be promoted during the live sessions and participants will be encouraged to view the content in preparation for the conference and as a resource to use following the conference. 

To make the most of networking opportunities during the conference, on demand contributors are encouraged to update their profile on the #VitaeCon2022 event platform and check and respond to instant messages from participants. A networking and discussion session will take place on Thursday 15 September, where contributors and participants can meet. 

Content should be designed to stimulate thought and encourage discussion throughout the event. Planned content should be kept brief, such as a 2 to 5-minute video, 3 to 5 slides, or a 1-page PDF. Links to further content (articles, websites, longer videos) can be provided in the abstract. 

All proposals for on demand content will be peer reviewed by the #VitaeCon2022 team, who will be aiming to create a varied event programme, both in theme and format. Submissions may be offered an alternative format. 

The lead proposer is responsible for providing sufficient information for the reviewers to judge how the content would enhance the experience of #VitaeCon2022 participants. If accepted, the lead proposer will also be responsible for providing the following to the #VitaeCon2022 events team: 

  • Their own and additional contributor biographies and photos 
  • Final abstract 
  • Content files for publication 

If accepted, the lead proposer and up to one additional contributor will be provided with a code to access the discounted contributor rate to attend the whole event. Contributors will not automatically be able to access the rest of the event without booking a ticket. 

Full guidelines and content submission deadlines will be provided to all accepted on demand content contributors. 

In person 

This year, the main online conference will be followed by an opportunity to meet in person, taking place on Monday 26 September (pm) and Tuesday 27 September (am). We welcome submissions to contribute to this learning, networking and social event. 

The in person event will take place in one large room with cabaret seating. Submissions should therefore be compatible with this format and could include, for example, presentations, facilitated table discussions, and interactive activities. Abstracts should describe the proposed duration and format, as well as highlighting how meeting in person will enhance the delivery of your session or activity. 

All proposals for in person activities will be peer reviewed by an external panel who will be aiming to create a varied event programme, both in theme and format. Submissions may be offered an alternative format. 

The lead proposer is responsible for providing sufficient information for the reviewers to judge how the activity or session would enhance the experience of #VitaeCon2022 participants. If accepted, the lead proposer will also be responsible for providing the following to the #VitaeCon2022 events team: 

  • Their own and additional contributor biographies and photos 
  • Final abstract 
  • PowerPoint slides and any supporting materials, if using 
  • Summary after the event 

If accepted, the lead proposer and up to one additional contributor will be provided with a code to access the discounted contributor rate to attend the whole event. Contributors will not automatically be able to access the rest of the event without booking a ticket. 

Full guidelines and deadlines will be provided to all accepted contributors. 

Critical dates 

The deadline for online and in person proposals has been extended to Monday 23 May 2022, and for on demand content the deadline is Wednesday 15 June 2022. We will let you know whether your proposal has been successful in June. 

If successful, the information you have provided will be published for participants. 

Submission Forms

Online sessions

On demand content

In person