Call for content

Proposals should address at least one of the conference themes:

  • Trends in the wider research, employment, and policy environments and how these might affect researcher development strategy
  • Strategic opportunities and challenges for organisations in creating and sustaining environments where researchers can flourish
  • Innovative and practical approaches to the professional and career development of researchers across all career stages and institutional contexts
  • Evidence and evaluation of researcher careers and the impact of researcher development
  • Exploring the career development needs of researcher developers within the context of a new and evolving profession

Content formats

Applications should specify first choice of presentation format and indicate whether they would like to be considered for other formats.

Panel presentation

A presentation addressing a well-developed topic, idea, or outcome, relating to one of more of the conference themes in a maximum of 10 minutes. Presentations will take place within a panel addressing a common theme, where possible. Preference will be given to unique and diverse perspectives that are of clearly-demonstrated value to delegates.


A 45 or 90-minute workshop addressing a well-developed topic, idea, or outcome, relating to one or more of the conference themes. Submissions should specify the workshop format, which can include, but is not limited to, an interactive activity, taster session, round-table discussion or panel presentation. Preference will be given to collaborative, novel and creative approaches that are of clearly-demonstrated value to delegates.

Special interest session

A 25-minute session related to the conference themes, including specialist sub-topics. Sessions may be exploratory and/or present an initial or undeveloped idea, emerging outcomes, or a commercial product.

Poster presentation

Posters are an ideal way to communicate your ideas, projects and outcomes to a wider audience. Posters should relate to one of more of the conference themes with the aim of stimulating discussion, gathering feedback, providing an overview or exploring a theme in more detail. Posters of research into researcher development are especially welcome.

In recognition of the growing popularity of the poster section, we will be awarding a prize for the best poster for the first time this year.

Critical dates

The deadline for panel presentation, workshop, and special interest proposals is Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 17:00 (UK). We will let you know whether your proposal has been successful by Friday 31 May 2019.

Poster proposals will be accepted until Monday 1 July 2019 and will be notified by Friday 19 July 2019.

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

Submission forms

Panel presentations, workshops, and special interest sessions (CLOSED)

Poster submission

Information on presenters’ conference rates

Presenters of successful proposals can recieve up to 30% discount off residential and non-residential rates. Presenters will receive a promo code to book their conference place at a discounted rate. This cannot be combined with any other discount. However, Vitae membership discount still applies.

The reduced rate is restricted to a maximum of two presenters per submission. Additional presenters will be charged the full conference rate. All presenters will be asked to book their conference place online.