Vitae news: CEDARS, conference, events & activities, other sector news & vacancies - February 2020





In February's edition of Vitae News you will find an update on the forthcoming 'CEDARS' survey of researchers and their managers, early bird bookings for our annual 'Getting to Grips' event for new researcher developers, and a new podcast on the 'Researcher of the future' recorded at last year's Vitae conference. Scroll down for all this and more.


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Introducing CEDARS

We are delighted to announce that the Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) will replace the former Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and Principal Investigators & Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) from this year.

CEDARS will gather anonymous data about the research culture, employment and professional development opportunities and experiences of research staff, as well as the experiences of managers of researchers. The new survey aligns to the Principles of the revised Researcher Development Concordat and will enable institutions to understand their baseline for implementation. It will be available for Vitae members to run from March to May 2020. Further information and register your interest at:

Read more about CEDARS


Connections: Getting to Grips

Bookings are now open for this event, which will take place on Thursday 14 May at the University of Coventry.

We welcome participants from anywhere in the world who have a new role (less than 18 months’ experience) in supporting the professional development of researchers.

A 25% Early Bird discount is available for Vitae members until 26 March. 

Book Connections

Events and activities 

Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2020


The call for content for workshops and posters for the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2020 is open until May and we invite you to share your examples of practice, strategic approaches, evidence of impact, and emerging ideas in researcher development.

The workshop panel will be looking for collaborative, novel and creative approaches that are of clearly-demonstrated value to delegates.

Read more about call for content

IPO live lecture for researchers

As part of the series of ‘IP for Research’ events that we are running in conjunction with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), a live lecture will be taking place on Thursday 2 April.

The lecture will help increase IP knowledge and skills of doctoral and early career researchers and facilitate relationships within institutions to support the management and development of IP.

The lecture is free of charge but requires you to register in advance.

Register for live lecture


 New podcast - 'Researcher of the future' 

Listen to our new podcast made in conjunction with Taylor & Francis and find out which four skills are likely to be needed by researchers of the future.

Listen to podcast


Other news

Qualitative research on barriers to progression for disabled scientists

The Careers Research & Advisory Centre (CRAC), the organisation that manages the Vitae programme, has been commissioned by The Royal Society to research barriers to progression for disabled scientists in STEM. If you are a disabled scientist and would like
 to take part this research via an anonymous survey, we would really like to her from you.

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The Careers Research & Advisory Centre (CRAC), currently has two vacancies available, working within the Vitae programme: a full time Professional Development Manager and a part time Learning and Development Coordinator. Feel free to forward these opportunities to those within your networks who may be interested. Closing 28 Feb and 13 March.

Read more & apply