Vitae member updates - August 2022


One month to go until #VitaeCon2022 and we have lots of updates for you. Following Research England’s recent announcement confirming £30m of ongoing research culture funding, the core theme of research culture running through the conference has increased prevalence.

Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2022 

We have seen increased demand this year for conference tickets, owing to the dual format of online and in person elements, with only a handful of combined tickets now remaining. If you have not yet booked your member tickets for the Vitae International Researcher Developer conference, we advise that you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

Speaker announcements

We are delighted to announce that Professor Manuel Heitor, Full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, and Director of the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, will be speaking in plenary three: Horizon scanning in researcher development on Wednesday 14 September 09:30 - 10:30 GMT +1. We also welcome Professor Farzana Shain, Head of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths University, who will be speaking in plenary four: Supporting researchers into, through and beyond the PhD, on Wednesday 14 September 13:45 - 14:45 GMT+1. Last but not least, we are pleased to announce that Jo O'Leary, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, UKRI and Olya Vvedenskaya, Dragonfly Mental Health will be speaking in plenary five on Thursday 15 September 13:45 - 14:45 GMT+1 covering topics connected to research cultures, environments, and the impact of researcher development. 

Our online agenda contains all the latest updates. We recommend using the ‘save a seat’ function to reserve a place in your preferred sessions, as popular sessions can get booked up! 

Conference exhibition 

We are pleased to welcome the following gold exhibitors who will be showcased in the online exhibition hall: 


Find out more about the relevance of their products and services to researcher development by dropping in to their online exhibitor booths that will be published before the end of this week. You can connect with them directly via the conference Community or join one of the exhibition sessions for a chat on how they could help you. 

Vitae Three Minute Thesis® competition 

Now that the six 3MT® finalists have been selected from the 12 semi-finalists, preparations are gathering momentum for the 3MT® final which will be broadcast on Thursday 15 September 2022 at 12:00 GMT +1. The Judges Choice Winner will be announced and you can register for free to participate in the People’s Choice Vote which will take place during the broadcast. 

If you have already registered for #VitaeCon2022 you will automatically be registered to the 3MT® platform that will host the final, giving you the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award. In this instance, your registration details will be emailed from, so look out for these details. 

For those not attending #VitaeCon2022, you can register for free on the competition platform to watch the final and cast your vote. We welcome all researchers and those with an interest in research communication - please share this invitation widely with your peers and networks and encourage them to attend what is set to be another thrilling and inspiring final. 

New blog post 

Contesting boundaries: researcher networks as inclusive and exclusive spaces  

The soon-to-be launched ‘Toolbox for Developing and Sustaining Effective Researcher Networks’ has led the Researcher Networks working group to consider the boundaries of membership when developing networks. As a result, Dr. Nicola Palmer, Head of Doctoral Training, Doctoral School, Sheffield Hallam University has blogged her reflections on networks as ‘spaces of inclusion and exclusion’. An interesting piece for consideration particularly for those of you who will be attending the ‘Developing and sustaining effective researcher networks’ webinar on Thursday 15 September at 09:30 - 10:30 GMT+1. Feel free to register to this event and pass on to your networks, including researchers, who you think might be interested. 

Researcher Development Manager vacancy 

Do you have a passion for the career and professional development of researchers? Are you interested in the practices, policies and structures that shape the Higher Education research culture and environment globally? We seek a talented Researcher Development Manager to join our Learning and Development team; the post holder would work closely with the Learning and Development team and across the wider organisation to help to build our UK and international business in Higher Education by providing excellent services to our clients across the world. For more information see the Careers Research & Advisory Centre (CRAC) Ltd website

That’s it for now, I look forward to the opportunity to connect with you at our conference in just under four weeks’ time!

Kind regards,

Rachel Cox
Engagement and Policy Team Lead