Research Culture Enablers Network
RCEN meets every two months:
- Group networking 'roadmapping' activity around a specific research culture challenge
- Sector updates on Research Culture
- Presentations by RCEN members
- Presentations by external guest speakers
- Questions for the Network and informal networking
There will also be a hybrid event on 17 September 2024, as a satellite to the International Research Culture Conference.
Research Culture Enablers Network Aims
In the sign-up form, new members are encouraged to share what they would like the network achieve. A common theme is a desire to share knowledge, advocate for positive change, and develop support for those most affected by research culture issues:
- Knowledge exchange, both within the network and with external partners, leveraging our collective expertise and resources.
- Practical solutions, including guidance, tools, frameworks, metrics and evidence-based initiatives that can be evaluated and implemented to drive positive change.
- Focus on inclusivity, promoting diversity of participation and creating a sense of belonging and support.
The Way Forward
Network members have expressed a need for the following approaches:
- Identify who is most impacted by research culture issues and/or who is missing from current conversations
- Address other inequities eg. career stages, disciplinary silos and other areas of marginalisation
- Horizon scanning for research culture opportunities, including funding
- A discussion on current definitions of research culture and if we can add to these as a network
- Co-create tractable targets and meaningful measures for research culture
- Sharing best practice, especially 'easy wins' or initiatives that can be implemented with limited resources
- Training, with a view of improving thought leadership and career development of RCEN members
- Shadowing and mentoring within the network
- Leveraging our collective voices to drive change