Research Staff Conference 2023

Join us this year to celebrate our community of research staff working across the University of Liverpool via an action-packed day of talks dedicated to the theme of 'Merseyvision: Empowering research visionaries'.

Merseyvision: Empowering research visionaries

How to identify, define and enact your vision in the changing world

This annual conference is organised by the Research Staff Association in collaboration with the Academy. It will be an in-person event, with opportunities for virtual participation during the headline sessions across the day. This year’s theme, 'Merseyvision: Empowering research visionaries' will include talks and panel discussions to help research staff consider how they can define, fine-tune, and enact their research and career visions.

Within that theme, talks, panels and workshops will focus on how research staff can acknowledge and build on their strengths and skills to help maximise their personal and professional development, as well as the research practice of every researcher employed at the University of Liverpool. The talks will be aimed at a wide researcher audience and be of interest and relevance to the broad disciplinary range of our postdoc community. Speakers will share insights from which postdocs can take away value for their strengths, skills, development and professional practice. 

The conference will take place on Thursday 30 November. The event will bring together internal and external leaders to discuss how research staff can acknowledge and build on their strengths and skills to help maximise the personal development and professional and practice of every researcher employed at the University of Liverpool. 

The timetable of events and activities will run from 09:30am-4:00pm.

Click here to register for the Research Staff Conference

Images of Research Competition

2023 Theme: Research Vision - Envisioning the Impact of Your Research

The purpose of this year’s competition is to encourage researchers to express their research or the potential impact of their research in the coming years through captivating and thought-provoking images.

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Venue: Sherrington Building

2023 Programme


09:30 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00

10 minutes


Dr Saneeya Qureshi, Head of Researcher Development and Research Culture

10:00 - 10:30

30 minutes

Opening talk

Professor Georgina Endfield, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Research Environment and Postgraduate Research

10:30 - 10:50

20 minutes

Coffee break

Time to talk to your peers and make connections, and talk to sponsors, and view the Images of Research Competition

10:50 - 11:35

50 minutes

Parallel sessions:

1. Promoting yourself and staying on top of current research innovations through conference organisationSponsored by Club Liverpool

In this session participants will learn about how conferences can be a useful tool in promoting research and the benefits of this to individuals, universities, and the wider local economy.

They will hear how Liverpool City Council supports academics who want to bring an association conference to the city region and case studies from both a UoL Lecturer and Undergraduate who have been supported though this process to host successful events.

It is never too early to appreciate the power of these business events and the role they can play in career progression.


Jane Fawley – Club Liverpool Programme Manager – Marketing Liverpool

Rachael Molyneux – International Bidding manager - Marketing Liverpool

Ramin Torkizadah – Fourth Year Dentistry student, University of Liverpool

Dr Blandine Poulet - Lecturer, Department of Musculoskeletal and Ageing Science, University of Liverpool

2. Figuring out how to Prosper

Dr Stefania Silvestri

In this session, we'll guide through:

  • how to start unpacking some of the skills that you may be taking for granted,
  • the skills employers have told us matter to them,
  • how to identify what motivates you,
  • setting your own practical next step

11:40 - 12:30

50 minutes

Keynote - Dr Annette Bramley, Director, N8 Research Partnership

Redefining Research Leadership

12:30 - 13:40

60 minutes


Time to talk to your peers and sponsors and make connections, and view the Images of Research Competition

13:40 - 14:00

20 minutes

Images of Research prize-giving

14:00 - 15:00

60 minutes

Panel discussion

Decision-making and different career paths for researchers

Dr Srijan Jindal, Co-founder, PhenUtest

Dr Katy Roscoe, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Liverpool

Dr Thomas Horsley, Reader in Consitutional Law, University of Liverpool

15:00 - 15:15

15 minutes

Coffee break

Time to talk to your peers and make connections, and talk to sponsors

15:15 - 16:00

45 minutes


Research in the age of AI - Dr Edward Pyzer-Knapp, IBM

New this year: Well-being Space and Virtual Delegate Pack

This year, a well-being space will be available for the conference, which will include self-directed and guided mindfulness and well-being activities. These will be linked to a Virtual Delegate Pack, which will have speaker information, resources and further information to support attendees.

Engaging with your peers and community-building  

In addition to the listed programme, the conference will provide the space for networking with peers and conference speakers, and for coffee breaks providing the opportunity for researchers to have a chat with their colleagues from across the University’s Faculties.  

2023 Sponsors


Club Liverpool logo

Proteintech logo
Shimadzu logo
ThermoFisher Scientific logo

Academy Researcher Development Inclusivity Statement

The Academy is committed to providing an environment which recognises and values people's differences, capitalises on the strengths that those differences bring to the institution and supports all staff and students in maximising their potential to succeed. In line with the Academy's firm commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, we offer all postdoctoral and research-related opportunities to develop and network irrespective of a researcher’s gender, ethnicity, age, self-identification, disability, religious affiliation, or any other criteria used to separate and define.

Academy Code of Conduct

All events organised or facilitated by The Academy follow a Conduct of Conduct irrespective of the number of participants or session format. The Academy thanks all participants in advance for your cooperation to help ensure a safe and constructive environment for everybody. View the Code of Conduct.

Conference Organising Committee   

  • Dr Christof Baumgartel he/him | Faculty of Science & Engineering 
  • Dr Claire Wilson she/her | Faculty of Health & Life Sciences  
  • Dr Bengt Tegner he/him | Faculty of Science & Engineering 
  • Dr Sophie Jones she/her | Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences 
  • Dr Cordelia Dunai she/her | Faculty of Health & Life Sciences 
  • Dr Rishav Agrawal he/him | School of Engineering  
  • Dr Janette Greenhalgh she/her | Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
  • Dr Selina Johnson she/her | Faculty of Health & Life Sciences 
  • Dr Stella Morgana she/her| Department of Politics 
  • Dr Dakshat Trivedi he/him | Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology 
  • Dr Iaroslav Michurin he/him | Department of Chemistry 
  • Dr Saneeya Qureshi, Head of Researcher Development and Culture, The Academy
  • Dr Amy Birch, Senior Researcher Developer (Research Staff), The Academy
  • Dr Andrew Holmes, Researcher Developer (Research Staff), The Academy



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