Vitae News: August 2023

Vitae News: August 2023



Welcome to the August Vitae News. With only days to go until the online element of the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference, the final preparations are being made. We also bring news of other activities and events taking place in the sector. 


It is with great pleasure to announce that the inaugural Vitae Impact, Culture and Engagement (ICE) Awards will be sponsored by Wellcome and UK Research and Innovation. Winners of the four categories will be announced and prizes given during the #VitaeCon2023 Gala dinner in the Manchester Revolution Gallery. For those of you attending, please note that places for the Gala dinner are limited and may need to be booked additionally for some conference ticket types. 


National Postdoc Conference (NPDC) 2023 – a Concordat themed roundtable event for researchers

If you are a member of research staff, you may be interested in attending an upcoming virtual round table event centred around the Researcher Development Concordat.

The Concordat is an agreement between higher education and research institutes and funders of research, with the majority of UK HE institutions and national funding bodies being signatories.

It sets out principles for the employment and professional and career development of researchers, as well as the environment and culture in which they work. Organised as part of the lead-up to the National Postdoc Conference (NPDC) 2023, the roundtable will take place on Friday 8 September and we are delighted that it will include Dr Yolana Pringle, Vitae Policy and Evidence Manager. 

NPDC 2023 will take place on Tuesday 19 September at Loughborough University and is free to attend, including pre-conference social activities on the evening of Monday 18 September. Institutional travel grants are still available for researchers wanting to attend, so apply today to secure funding. 

Mentoring opportunities for Early Career Researchers 

Building on previous success, the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS) is holding a Mentoring Programme for Early Stage Researchers running from October 2023 to June 2024. If you are an Early Stage Researcher wanting to receive guidance and grow professionally and personally as a mentee, check out the call for submissions. The deadline to apply is 17 September  and CVs should be sent to

Vitae International Researcher Development Conference - #VitaeCon2023

Next week we will be hosting the online element of VitaeCon2023 – there’s still time to book your ticket and join us for two days of online plenaries, workshops and special interest sessions (full details on the conference agenda).

Our plenary sessions boast some fantastic speakers and include a range of engaging topics including:
•           Nothing about us without us: challenging ableism in researcher careers
•           Developing talent globally
•           Leveraging policy for positive change
For those joining us, remember to register to ‘save a seat’ via the conference agenda for all sessions that you wish to attend to avoid disappointment, as some will have capacity limits.
Note: Tickets sales for the in-person element will close on Friday 8 September.

#VitaeCon2023 exhibitor booths open 

The #VitaeCon2023 event platform also hosts the conference online exhibition and the exhibitor booths are already open to visit. We particularly welcome our gold exhibitors: Epigeum, Innovation-to-Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe), ScientifyRESEARCH, Skillfluence and Taylor & Francis.

Don’t forget to join the dedicated 15-minute exhibitor sessions featured on the agenda and utilise the event platform community to network and interact directly with #VitaeCon2023 exhibitors in the run up, during and following the event to find out about the products and services that you might benefit from.

Member benefits

Vitae Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) platform open to watch and vote 

The six finalists have been selected by the independent judging panel and the Vitae 3MT® 2023 competition final, sponsored by Taylor & Francis, will be broadcast on Friday 15 September at 12:00 GMT +1.

To watch and vote for the People’s Choice Winner, please register on the Vitae 3MT® platform and feel free to share the platform link amongst your networks and fellow researchers.  

To get a flavour of the competition this year, all the videos from the institutional finalists except the final six, can be watched via the Vitae YouTube channel. 

The fifth recording of our 3MT® series gives advice for doctoral researchers planning to take part in a future 3MT® competition.

Latest Practice Pathway launched: Pathways to creating cultures in which researchers can flourish

Since last month’s Vitae News, the latest edition of Practice Pathways has been launched for Vitae members. Our topic this quarter aligns with the sector’s focus on research culture along with Vitae’s policy objective to show how researcher development can be a lever for research culture change.

Improving research culture

Vitae article on research culture and the REF published 

Dr Yolana Pringle’s thoughts in her latest member policy brief have sparked interest with Research Professional news, who have shared a version with their audience. Yolana presents research culture enhancement and the REF as an exciting opportunity for collaborative and coordinated action but cautions that it will require multiple stakeholders to come together.  


Vitae support for Hidden REF  

Vitae is delighted to be a Supporter of the Hidden REF, the volunteer-led campaign to recognise all research outputs and every role that makes research possible. Hidden REF’s mission aligns with Vitae’s key aims around redefining what it means to be a successful researcher, as well as the work we are doing in research assessment reform through the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA).  


CoARA Boost and working groups  

The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC), which manages the Vitae programme, is proud to be a part of the consortium for CoARA Boost - a European Union-funded project to enhance CoARA’s operational capacity and provide means to investigate and implement new models for research assessment. We are delighted to have a role in the formation of two related working groups.  


Reviews on researcher careers in Europe published  

The Sustainable Careers for Researcher Empowerment (SECURE) project, in which CRAC is a partner, has recently released two reviews of the practices and policies that affect researcher careers in Europe. Take a look at the reviews that are now publicly available: State of the Art on Research Career Frameworks and State of the Art on Tenure Track-Like Models. 


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