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Research culture: Changing expectations



The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Research culture: Changing expectations will bring together intertwined debates around research assessment, career progression, researcher development, research dissemination and research integrity. This conference will showcase initiatives and work across the research landscape to continue to create and improve the cultural conditions and environments in which excellent research and researchers can flourish.

Research culture: Changing expectations

This landmark event, compèred by Professor Mark Miodownik, will give attendees the opportunity to think creatively about how the culture of research can be different, to share and build on best practice across the sector, and develop new networks with individuals across the research landscape. Across the two days attendees will be invited to explore how the system and the behaviours of individuals in it can help to catalyse change. The conference will be the culmination of the Royal Society’s two year programme on research culture.

The Pitch: ideas to positively change research culture

This competition is an exclusive opportunity to pitch an idea or scheme to improve research culture in the UK and potentially receive a small grant to support its implementation. Submitted ideas will be shortlisted and the groups or individuals behind the top three will be invited to pitch them on stage at the Research culture: Changing expectations event. A panel of judges will challenge and probe the pitches before deciding whether to award a small grant to support its implementation. Find full details on how to enter the competition.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Jim Al-Khalili FRS (theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster)
  • Dr Eugenia Cheng (Scientist In Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
  • Margaret Heffernan (author of Beyond measure; the big impact of small changes)
  • Liz Nicholl (Chief Executive UK Sport)
  • Professor Venki Ramakrishnan PRS
  • Dr Adam Rutherford (presenter of BBC's Inside Science)
  • Robert-Jan Smits (Open Access Envoy of the European Commission)
  • Dr Magdelena Skipper (Editor in Chief Nature)
  • Dame Julia Slingo FRS
  • Dame Angela Strank FRS (head of downstream technology and chief scientist of BP)
  • David Sweeney (Executive Chair Research England)
  • Sir Mark Walport FRS (Chief Executive UKRI)


Download the outline programme (PDF).

Attending the event

  • Attendance is by either by invite or registration of interest
  • If you register your interest, in order to ensure there is balance in the room, your place will be confirmed by 14 September 2018
  • Priority will be given to people who register earlier
  • Childcare grants available for attendees

For all enquiries, please contact

Research culture: Changing expectations

Landmark conference to discuss what an 'ideal' future research culture looks like and how we could get there.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK