Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2013


4 September 2013 – 5 September 2013

Peter Street, Manchester

Event overview

The established annual Vitae Researcher Development International Conference is the largest dedicated event that brings together all those with a strategic and practical role in developing researchers.

Conference themes

The conference will address the strategic and practical implications of the following themes:

– Policy developments relating to the doctoral education and employing researchers
– Building institutional capacity for researchers’ professional development to maintain research excellence
– Demonstrating the value of researcher development on research outputs, researcher careers, economic prosperity and society
– Sustainable practice to support researcher skills, professional and career development 

Workshop themes

Workshops will address the conference themes, and in particular will cover:

– Embedding training and development in the research environment
– The impact of researcher development and researcher careers
– Implications of policy developments for higher education institutions
– Developing the ‘global researcher’
– Key transitions between academia and industry/other sectors, including employability and work experience and internships
– Developing researchers for knowledge exchange, enterprise, public engagement and research in policy making
– Developing researchers for leadership, multidisciplinary and collaborative working
– Developing a supply of research talent, including widening participation and attractiveness of research degrees
– Equality and diversity issues for research careers

Call for proposals for conference workshops

Once again, Vitae will be inviting colleagues to submit a proposal for a workshop or special interest session. Please visit the call for programme content page for further details.

The 2013 conference will include:

– The launch of the UK aggregate analysis of the Careers in Research Online Survey, being run by over 50 institutions
– The launch of the UK aggregate analysis of the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey, being run by over 40 institutions
– Outcomes from the RCUK review of Review of Revised Funding Arrangements for Researcher Development and their Operation
– Updates on the European Commission’s feasibility study on a certification mechanism for good HR management of researchers linked to the European Charter and Code

Participants at the conference will:

– explore the political context for researcher development
– discuss strategic and practical ways of sustaining professional and career development for research staff and postgraduate researchers
– access to the latest policy, information and research related to this field
– share ideas and practice with a network of colleagues with a stake in developing the researchers.

A full conference outline will be available shortly.

For more details, please check the conference website.


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