Vitae News: Connections Week and latest 3MT updates





With three weeks to go until Vitae Connections Week, we have quite a few updates for you.  

We recommend places are booked at your earliest opportunity in order to benefit from the many knowledge and practice sharing discussions and activities taking place during the week.  

Vitae Connections Week #VitaeCon2020 

#VitaeCon2020 'live' and 'on demand' content available to view

Our 22 ‘live’ Vitae Connections Week contributor sessions are currently being added to our events platform so you can view the full details and register for your preferred sessions.

Some sessions will have limited capacity, so book early to ensure you can attend your favourite.

All ticket holders (including free Vitae member tickets) will be able to browse our 27 ‘on demand’ presentations, posters and articles, plus register for exhibition roundtable discussions (topics now available). 

Explore the #VitaeCon2020 programme 
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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) request community input for their session

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will be running a session during #VitaeCon2020 around their Concordat action plan implementation (session A1). 


To tailor their talk to the needs of the community and further explore how they, as a funder and employer, can help support and develop your staff. You are invited to complete this pre-session questionnaire.  

Register to attend A1 session

Opportunity to run a fringe activity

A fringe session could be the ideal opportunity for you to engage others if you are working on a project that you think would benefit from community input. Ideas for fringe activities can be much more flexible, radical or commercial than submissions for our standard ‘call for content’ submissions.  

Interested in running fringe activity?

Researcher Twitterchat to be hosted by UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA)

On Tuesday 8 September, the UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA) will be leading a Twitterchat around researcher networks and practice-sharing tips about undertaking research online. The chat will take place between 12-1pm GMT +1. Look out for registration to go live soon.   

3MT® competition

Final presenter and judges

We are delighted that Dr Suze Kundu will present the 3MT® final. Suze is a cheerleader for greater diversity in science, and is also an experienced science communicator, delivering live shows and demo lectures, as a science presenter on the Discovery Channel, and as a science writer for Forbes.

We are very pleased to reveal the judges of the 3MT® competition final, sponsored by Taylor & Francis, are as follows:

Chair of judges: Drs Astrid Wissenburg, Chair of CRAC/Vitae and Director of Research, University of Exeter

Leon Heward-Mills, Managing Director Researcher Services, Taylor & Francis 

Prof Alastair McEwan, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Training) and Dean, Graduate School,University of Queensland and Convenor, Australian Council of Graduate Research 

Joy Owango, Non-Executive Director, Training Centre in Communication, University of Nairobi 

Dr Steve Scott,Public Engagement Lead, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Dr Karen Clegg,Head of Research Excellence Training, University of York 

People's Choice voting

Remember that researchers in your networks are encouraged to cast their 3MT® People’s Choice Vote too and can do so by: 

booking any paid ticket option for #VitaeCon2020
booking free #VitaeCon2020 member ticket to exhibition &  roundtable discussion
or registering directly for a free 3MT® ticket 

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