Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2020

What got you here, won’t get you there - Marshall Goldsmith

The 2019 Vitae conference brought together almost 400 delegates from 19 countries for two days of strategic and practical sharing and discussions around researcher development. One of the strengths of the 2019 conference was bringing together a range of perspectives — researcher developers, academics, institutional senior leaders, representatives of funders and researchers themselves — to explore trends in research, employment, and policy and how these are addressed through researcher development strategy and practice. As a result, many further questions were raised, which have informed the themes of this year’s conference. As we learnt in last year’s closing plenary, we cannot predict the future, but we can endeavour to prepare ourselves. Therefore, we invite all those with an interest in researcher development to join us for in-depth discussions and shared learning around the themes below and other new and emerging questions.

Conference themes

  • In light of the changing research environment, is it time to change the nature of the doctorate itself; would radical changes be possible, and what is the role of researcher development in this context?
  • How do we embed responsibility for culture change at all levels of the research system, and support leaders, managers and supervisors with their responsibilities for research integrity, wellbeing and mental health, and career development?
  • How can we best prepare researchers to be flexible, adaptable, mobile, open and professional, and to thrive within their current and future careers?
  • What are the measures of success of researcher development; what is its impact, and to what extent does this align with researcher and employer expectations?
  • What have we learnt from the continued evolution of strategy, profession and practice in researcher development; how can we ensure continued relevance and value for the next decade of researcher development?

The conference will feature the 2020 UK Final of the Three Minute Thesis Competition 3MT®, that challenges doctoral candidates to present their research and its significance in just three minutes.