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Conference Chair: Prof. Sotaro Kita

Conference Secretary: Dr. Rika Nair

09.40: Opening Statement and Welcome


Professor Caroline Meyer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Warwick

"Working Together to Set the Standard for Research Culture"
When it comes to research culture, universities are not islands, they are part of a larger community. To improve research culture, universities and their partners must coordinate, cooperate and share their good practices.

Caroline Meyer
is an experienced academic leader, with an international reputation for excellence and impact in mental health research. She recognises the huge impact wellbeing can have on the productivity of the research community. That is why she is committed to helping to build a compassionate and collaborative research culture.

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10.00: Invited Speaker

Dr Nikolay Ogryzko, UKRI

"Supporting people and teams"
UKRI is the UK’s largest public funder of research. In this session we’ll cover how our recently published action plan will support the people and teams essential to our investment in research and innovation and drive improvements to the environment and culture they work in.

Nik Ogryzko is Talent Programme Manager in the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) talent team. The team coordinates UKRI’s support for researchers, technicians and the range of similar roles who don’t necessarily identify with either label.

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10:40: Invited Speaker

Dr Ian Hancox, Director of Research Technology and Technical Strategy, University of Warwick

The Sector Progress Catalysed by the Technician Commitment

Since its launch in 2017, the Technician Commitment has led to significant progress across the sector, with new opportunities and increased visibility and recognition for technical staff. This talk explores the recent best practice across the sector and looks to the future with the newly launched UK Institute of Technical Skills and Strategy.

Ian Hancox
is the Director of Research Technology and Technical Strategy at the University of Warwick, and is the Co-Lead on both the Research England funded TALENT programme and UK Institute of Technical Skills and Strategy.

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Slides Only: Invited Speaker Prof. Kate Sang, Director of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Caucus, Heriot Watt University.

11.15: Coffee Break and Poster Session

12.00: Parallel sessions

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Session Towards a more inclusive Research Culture Empowering PGRs and ECRs Collaborative Research Culture Inclusive recognition
Location In person: Slate
In person: RAD25
In person: RAD26
In person: RAD33

1.a. Towards a more inclusive Research Culture

1. “EDI, Whiteness and Researcher Careers”

Prof Carola Boehm, Centre for Creative Industries and Creative Communities, Staffordshire University

2. “A Decolonising Approach to Policy Impact: Lessons for Research Culture”

Amanda Chukwudozie and Chris Sims, Institute for Policy and Engagement, University of Nottingham

3. “It doesn't just happen - Embedding Equality, Diversity & Inclusion into Leadership Development” (TBC)
Dr Katie Nicoll Baines & Dr Sara Shinton, Future Leaders Fellows Development Network

4. “INspire Programme at Warwick
Kulbir Shergill, Director of Inclusion, University of Warwick

1.b. Empowering PGRs and ECRs

1. "Developing the next generation through effective postdoctoral training programmes"
Dr Fiona Fisher, University of Warwick

2. "Building, maintaining, and repairing relationships between postgraduate researchers (PGRs) and supervisors."
Professor Jane Bryan (University of Warwick) Dr Deborah Cunninghame-Graham (Kings College London)

3. "Enhance Academic Progression: A Critical Reflection on the Impact of Training Opportunities on Post-Graduate Researchers’ Development"
Yiduo Wang and Ya He; University of Warwick; University of Sheffield

4. "Should researcher development programmes be involved in mental health literacy of Postgraduate researchers’ mental health and wellbeing?"
Dr Frane Vusio. University of Warwick

1.c. Collaborative Research Culture

1. “The language surrounding achievement, teams, and individuals within a research community”

Dr Taochen Zhou, Harry Moriarty, Prof Lynda Pratt, Prof Lucy Donaldson, University of Nottingham

2. “STEM Connections”

Prof Margaret Low, Dr Phil Jemmett, Caroline Cannon, WMG, University of Warwick

3. “Developing the University of Warwick’s Research Culture: Evaluating a department’s approach to work experience programs and enabling staff development to enhance the delivery through internal funding sources.”

Dr Craig Carnegie, Naomi Ogunkola, University of Warwick

4. “Empowering a global community through co-production of a global research and enterprise culture”

Prof Jemina Napier, Dr Fiona Armstrong, Catalina Bastidas, Heriot-Watt University

1.d. Inclusive recognition

1. Research Culture and Research Assessment: a workshop on the principles of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA) agreement.” (double session)

Yvonne Budden, Dr Sam Cole and Prof Noortje Marres, University of Warwick

2. “Research Culture: A Technician’s Perspective at the University of Warwick”

Dr Sarah Bennett, University of Warwick

3. “An (research) enabler? A person who encourages or enables negative or self-destructive behaviour in another?”
Stef Thorne, London College of Fashion, University Arts London

Delegates to return to the Slate.

13.00: Networking Lunch

14.00: Parallel sessions

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Session Measuring Research Culture Promoting a Research Culture of Integrity Institutional Research Culture Initiatives Researcher and Research Enabler development
Location In person: Slate
In person: RAD25

In person: RAD26
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In person: RAD33
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2.a. Measuring Research Culture

1. "Data-Driven Insights for a Holistic Understanding of the Researcher's Journey"
Maria Prince, Prof Ann Campbell Ulster University, Digital Science

2. "Identifying Metrics for Assessing Research Culture"
Dr Shareefa Fadhel, Dr Gaynor Miller and, Prof Cat Davies Research and Innovation Services, University of Leeds

3. "How to do a research culture survey"
Prof Candy Rowe, Dean of Research Culture and Strategy, Newcastle University and Prof Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Dean of Research Environment and Culture, Cardiff University

4. "Inclusion and quantitative surveys"
Dr Hannah Griffin-James, Independent Researcher

2.b. Promoting a Research Culture of Integrity

1. “Preprints mean peer review can be reimagined as it should always have been”
Dr Stuart RF King, Research Culture Manager, eLife, Cambridge

2. “The Moral Imperative to Developing Research Culture: Advocating for caught, taught and sought approaches”
Dr Aidan P Thompson, University of Warwick

3. “Transfer of Training on Responsible Research and Open Science into Everyday Research Practice”
Dr Christiane Wetzel, Ina Frenzel, Sarah Wendt, BIH QUEST Center for Responsible Research at Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

4. “Research Culture's Role in Contributing to Research Waste: Lessons from Systematic Reviewlution”
Dr Lesley Uttley, Louise Falzon , Christopher Carroll , Daniel Quintana , Paul Montgomery , Matthew Page , David Moher
University of Sheffield, UK; University of Oslo, Norway; University of Birmingham, UK; Monash University, Australia; University of Ottawa, Canada

2.c. Institutional Research Culture Initiatives

1. “Putting research practice at the heart of research excellence at the University of Oxford”
Dr Sarah Callaghan, Dr Monica Palmero Fernandez, Kathryn Dally, Jackie Thompson, Dr Tanita Casci, Dr Laura Fortunato, Prof Susanna-Assunta Sansone, University of Oxford

2. “Engaging with our Researcher Community: putting our money where our mouth is”
Dr Nicola Simcock, Helen Gray, Newcastle University

3. “Working towards an inclusive research culture through EDI education, engagement and empowerment of researchers.”
Prof Rachel L Cowen, Sarah Williams, Maria Marsh, Di Zhang, Prof Michael Dixon, University of Manchester

4. “Enhancing Warwick Medical School’s (WMS) Research Culture through Co-Production and Active Community Engagement.”
Prof Kirstie Haywood, Adele Kenny, University of Warwick


2.d. Researcher and Research Enabler Development

1. "Enhancing Research Culture through an Interdisciplinary Team Research training and development programme pilot"
Ruth Norris and Charlotte Stockton-Powdrell, University of Manchester

2. "A novel approach to peer-support for academic researchers and enhance research culture"
Dr Sahar Khodabakhsh (1), Christin Hoffmann (2), Sarah Sauchelli Toran (2), Gogyu Shi (3), Alexandra Mitchell (2) 1: School for Policy Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Bristol

3. "Building a community vision for developing and recognising collegial research leadership"
Dr Kay Guccione, University of Glasgow

4. "Leadership Development for Technicians – prepare, support and develop technical leaders for now and the future".
Sandy Sparks and Dr Ian Hancox Affiliation MI TALENT, University of Warwick and University of Nottingham

4. "Enhancing Research Culture through an Interdisciplinary Team Research training and development programme pilot"
Ruth Norris and Charlotte Stockton-Powdrell, University of Manchester

Delegates to return to the Slate.

15.00: Coffee Break and Poster Session

15.45: Invited Speaker

Professor Marcus Munafo, Chair of the UK Reproducibility Network steering group

"Transparency, Trustworthiness and Research Culture: Lessons from Open Research"
Open research is increasingly required by funders, and has been argued to promote research quality by allowing for greater scrutiny of the research process, and in turn creating incentives for more robust processes. The UK Reproducibility Network ( is leading an Open Research Programme, funded by Research England, to support, promote and incentivise uptake of open research practices across the sector. However, transparency as a guiding principle can be extended to other elements of a positive research culture. Can we use this principle to enhance research culture more generally?

Marcus Munafo is Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research Culture and Professor of Biological Psychology and MRC Investigator, University of Bristol. Marcus is currently leading a programme of research culture activity at the University of Bristol. He also established the UK Reproducibility Network to bring together communities of researchers, institutions, and a range of sectoral organisations, with the aim of improving research practice.

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16.30: Wrap up discussion: Next steps for research culture; poster prizes; Informal networking

17.00: Conference close