Vitae News: May 2022

Vitae News: May 2022


Welcome to the May edition of the Vitae News. This month, we feature a Vitae International Researcher Development Conference special edition, as well as upcoming Vitae member events and other news.

Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 

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Bookings opened this month

A variety of ticket types are currently available for the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference (#VitaeCon2022). For the ‘in person’ networking event taking place on the 26 and 27 September, tickets are available separately or as a 5-day combined ticket for the entire conference. 

Accepted contributors will receive further information about how to access special discounted rates following the peer-review panel meeting in June.

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#VitaeCon2022 networking event venue confirmed 

The in person event will be held at ‘etc.venues, County Hall’ in central London. We warmly welcome international participants and the opportunity to see many of you again or meet you in person for the first time. 

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Exhibitor opportunities

For those of our subscribers who represent an organisation providing a product or service for researchers or researcher developers, our Bronze, Silver and Gold conference exhibitor packages are now available to book too. 

The packages have been designed to maximise promotional opportunities for you extending beyond our event platform, such as visibility via social media and content included in our online participant pack, whilst the Gold package also includes attendance at our in person event.

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Deadline for call for ‘on demand’ content

Whilst the call for content deadline for online and in person proposals has now passed, the deadline for ‘on demand’ content is Wednesday 15 June 2022. We are especially keen to receive submissions relating to the conference themes from outside the UK to help bring together diverse perspectives and shared learning from around the world.

Read more and submit on ‘demand’ content

Upcoming Vitae member events

Ten is Zen: Counting 10 days of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 

The last few places are available to Vitae members for our member event ‘Ten is Zen: Counting 10 days of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)’, taking place tomorrow 27 May. 

Join us to explore what constitutes a ‘credible’ CPD activity, how CPD can be maximised for the benefit of researchers and their careers, and how we can create a culture of ownership where researchers take responsibility for planning their time spent undertaking CPD. 

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Wellbeing Working Group event to explore what influences supervision 

Bookings are now open for our latest Wellbeing Member Working Group event taking place on 22 June 14.30-15.30 GMT+1 for Vitae members. The event considers factors that influence how supervisors of doctoral candidates conduct their supervision. Dr. Kirsten Riches-Suman, Associate Professor, and Dr. Russell Delderfield, Postgraduate Researcher Development, both from the University of Bradford, will be presenting.  

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Other news

New playlist on YouTube 

As Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) finals take place throughout member institutions, our latest inspirational playlists on the Vitae YouTube channel include 3MT top tips, the institutional finalists from 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018. Good luck to all involved in organising and participating in the Vitae 3MT competition 2022!

View 2021 broadcast

Presentation Skills for researchers

We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with to host a webinar entitled ‘Presentation Skills for Researchers’ on 22 June 2022. The event is aimed at Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to help them improve both face-to face presentation skills as well as tips for online delivery. Dr. Mhairi Towler, Founder and CEO of animation production company Vivomotion, will be sharing her experience around a variety of relevant topic areas, including constructing a narrative, building confidence and attending job interviews. 

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Recruitment opportunities

We are seeking a new of Head of Engagement and Policy, to drive Vitae’s membership programme, community development, communications and events, as well as a Researcher Development Manager to join our Learning and Development team, providing excellent services in researcher development to our global clients.

The Trustees of the Careers Research & Advisory Centre (CRAC), who manage the Vitae programme, have recently agreed substantial investment in the future direction of the charity and with a global focus on people and culture, so it is an exciting time to join us.

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In preparation for her farewell, Dr Katie Wheat, current Head of Engagement & Policy, has written a blog about her career journey at CRAC/Vitae and the interesting opportunities she has encountered along the way. 

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Next month: Look out for next month’s Vitae News when we will be sharing more details about the speakers and programme for the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2022