Vitae Newsflash: Mid- August Edition 2021

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Welcome to this Vitae Newsflash, bringing you the latest updates and marking the 8 week countdown to #VitaeCon2021.

#VitaeCon2021 speakers

Prof Hamish Coates

Firstly, we are delighted to welcome Prof Hamish Coates, Director of Higher Education Research Division and Deputy Director of Global Research Centre for the Assessment of College and Student Development, Institute of Education Tsinghua University.
Hamish has a breadth of experience working in higher education – particularly in Australia and China, including in the areas of research, policy and strategy, academic leadership and engagement. He has delivered new international approaches and system-wide policies and will be speaking to #VitaeCon2021 about ‘the future doctorate: Developments in Asia’ in our Wednesday plenary session. 
Magdalene Bak-Maier
We are also excited to announce that Magdalena Bak-Maier, Neuroscientist, Talent/Leadership Development Advisor and Productivity/Wellbeing Expert, will be presenting in our closing plenary about ‘inclusive researcher development plenary session’ on Friday 10 September.

Magdalena’s expertise lies in the links between neuroscience, education, leadership and wellbeing and she helps clients such as scientific leaders manage and balance their work, mindsets and careers. 
The biographies of our invited speakers and chairs can now be viewed on our event platform, with more soon to follow. As well as the opportunity to hear their thoughts and ask questions during the plenary sessions, participants will be able to connect with speakers through the event Community and meet them informally during the daily networking sessions.

Sessions at #Vitaecon2021

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The ‘live’ interactive sessions are now uploaded to the event site to browse and make your selection using the ‘save your seat’ function. Some sessions will have limited availability, so do book soon to avoid disappointment. 

Concordat platform of practice at #VitaeCon2021

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A reminder that we are collecting examples across different contexts and stakeholders of good practice relating to the implementation of the  Researcher Development Concordat Principles. The platform will form a digital library that will be launched during Vitae Connections Week. 

Three Minute Thesis® (3MT®) 


Quarter final process

All 61 3MT® video submissions have been allocated to our independent team of 21 judges for review in the quarter-final. Each video is scored separately by three judges using the University of Queensland criteria to determine the 12 entries to the semi-final.  

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3MT® semi-final

During the semi-final on the 29 July, 9 judges plus a Chair will review, discuss and in some cases debate which six will go forward to perform in the Vitae 3MT® 2021 final.

The chosen six will be asked to re-perform their presentation for the Vitae 3MT® competition final, sponsored by Taylor & Francis. The broadcast will take place on Friday 10 September between 12:15 and 1pm where the People’s Choice Winner will be open again for live voting! 

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3MT® final

Registration for the competition final and chance to vote is coming soon, and we are pleased to be able to make this free for all, not just those attending #VitaeCon2021.

Read more about 3MT® competition

Find out who the semi-final judges are