Vitae are organising their first national research staff conference which will be held in London on 5 November 2009.
This one day national conference will enable attendees to
- consider the research environment and examine issues that impact on research staff across institutional and disciplinary barriers
- examine issues around researcher’s career paths and discuss how professional development activity for researchers should be organised
- discuss how research staff can get their voices heard more effectively in national and local policy discussions
- develop an action plan for a wider community of research staff who want to make an impact in their own institutions and nationally
- This one day national conference will bring together up to 100 postdocs and other research staff from across institutions and disciplines to discuss the researcher experience. The day will consist of plenary sessions and a choice of interactive workshops and will include opportunities to network with other researchers and policy makers.
The conference will focus on the following themes: * Developing researcher communities * How can researchers get their voice heard around national policy issues? * The changing research environment * Careers and professional development The conference is open to all members of research staff in higher education.
In particular the conference is designed for researchers who can represent a wide range of different institutions and subjects. Members of local research staff networks, UCU activists or co-ordinators of subject based networks are encouraged to attend and then subsequently engage their own networks.
Places on the event are free. Participants will need to cover their own travel costs.