Call for content - VitaeCon2024

The call for content for the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2024 (#VitaeCon2024) is now open!  

#VitaeCon2024 branding

The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday 3 May 2024.

The Vitae conference brings together a global community of those supporting the development of researchers to share diverse and varied perspectives, making progress for the wider research culture agenda through the sharing of policy and practice. The Vitae conference aims to be inclusive of all parts of our community, particularly from an international perspective.  

This year #VitaeCon2024 will focus on recognition. We will consider the importance of broadening what and who is recognised in the research endeavour, fostering a sense of belonging, and how leadership at all levels can create transformative change. 

We encourage submissions that relate to the #VitaeCon2024 focus. This could include, but are by no means limited to: 

  • The core themes of recognition, belonging and leadership 

  • Fostering inclusive research teams 

  • Our community influence on research culture 

  • Supporting mid-career researchers 

  • Growing as a professional researcher developer 

  • Exploring employability and diverse career pathways 

  • Valuing failure and risk taking 

  • Harnessing AI for researcher development 

  • Encouraging equitable collaboration and exchange within a global community 

  • Evaluation and evidence for influencing internal stakeholders 

Proposals should aim to enhance #VitaeCon2024 by:   

  • Moving the collective conversations of researcher development and research culture forwards; 

  • Building on past and current experiences to predict future challenges and set aims; 

  • Showcasing examples of policy and practice and enabling participants to embed them; 

  • Bringing together diverse perspectives to create shared learning.  

We warmly invite submissions for peer review for sessions in the form of: 

  • Online sessions; for example, an interactive workshop, roundtable, panel discussion or presentation;  

  • In-person sessions; for example, an interactive workshop, special interest session, networking activity or discussion forum.  

  • Multimedia content; (will be made available on demand online); for example, a short video, recorded presentation or document;  

  • Poster Perspectives: Showcase your insight; in addition to our multimedia content this year we are encouraging poster submissions in relation to the #VitaeCon2024 focus and themes. A select few of the posters will be showcased at the in-person element of the conference. 

To submit a proposal please click on your chosen submission type, this will take you to the correct form.

If you would like to view the submission forms in word format before completing your application, please contact events@vitae.ac.uk.

If you would like to speak to someone about preparing your submission, please email Hannah Russell at events@vitae.ac.uk. 

Further information 

All proposals will be peer reviewed by an external panel who through their expertise and advice will support Vitae to develop a varied and inclusive programme, both in theme, format and representation.  

Submissions not accepted in your proposed format may be offered in an alternative format.  We welcome session lengths between 30 and 60 minutes. If you want to propose a longer session, please indicate in the proposal.  

Online sessions will primarily take place in a parallel format during the online element of the conference, to be delivered on Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 September. If your proposal is successful, the date and time of your session will be confirmed with you prior to the event.  

In-person sessions may take place in parallel or world café style, depending on the content, at the in-person element of #VitaeCon2024 taking place at Millennium Point, Birmingham, UK on Monday  23 September and Tuesday 24 September. If your proposal is successful, the date and time of your session will be confirmed with you prior to the event. 

Multimedia content will be accessible via our event platform and can be viewed by participants before, during and after #VitaeCon2024. It will be promoted during sessions and participants will be encouraged to view the content in preparation for the conference and as well as continuing to be promoted after the event along with recordings of online sessions.  

Poster submissions will be accessible via our event platform before, during and after #VitaeCon2024. They will be promoted during sessions and participants will be encouraged to view the posters in preparation for the conference and as well as continuing to be promoted after the event along with recordings of online sessions.  A select few of the posters will be showcased at the in-person element of the conference. 

The lead proposer is responsible for providing sufficient information in the submission forms for the peer review panel to judge how the session or content would enhance the experience of #VitaeCon2024 for participants.  

If submissions are accepted, the lead proposer will be provided with a date by which to provide the #VitaeCon2024 events team with: 

  • Profile picture of themselves, as well as for any additional contributors  

  • PowerPoint slides, if applicable - Online and in-person sessions only 

  • Online meeting/session access details (e.g. Zoom link) – Online sessions only 

  • Content files for publication and Content imageMultimedia content only 

  • Poster – Poster submissions only 

  • Recording of workshop – Online sessions only 

  • Post-event summary - Online and in-person sessions only 

If accepted, the lead proposer and up to 2 additional contributors will be provided with a code to access the discounted contributor rate to attend the full online or in-person event (depending on which element your workshop takes place in). Contributors will not automatically be able to access the rest of the event without booking a ticket.  

Important dates  

The deadline to submit your proposal is Friday 3 May 2024. 

If you have submitted a proposal, you will be informed if it has been successful following the peer review process in June.  

All contributors will need to sign the ‘Vitae Contributor Agreement’, this will be provided when the outcome of the submission is shared. 

Full briefing and guidance will be provided to all accepted contributors.  

If successful, the information you have provided in your proposal will be published for participants (unless stated otherwise in the proposal form).