ReCon (Research Conference) is designed to raise and discuss current issues to do with research communication in academia and beyond. These issues range from the use of metrics for evaluating research, access to publications, how to share and store data, government policy to how this affects careers and incentives for researchers. ReCon will include speakers from government agencies, academics, publishers, people working in outreach and founders of startups working in the research space.

In addition to the main conference next year (30th June), we will be holding an optional free hackathon the following day (1st July).

A number of factors are influencing the way we communicate research in 2016 including new technologies, publishing policies, the variety of research outputs and the assessment of research impact. This conference aims to explore the evolution of research communication and the rising interest in and requirement for data visualisation. What incentives are required for researchers to change how they communicate their work? What role will metrics play in the future at the journal level, article level and researcher level? How can researchers present and share their work in a visual format and what tools are they required to learn?

Data visualisation is a field that spans all disciplines, yet it is not always done well and visual representations are not used as often as they could be. This may be due to time constraints, publishing limitations or lack of training in the correct graphics or statistics software; how can we combat these issues? How can researchers use visualisations to communicate their work and complement their publications?


jo Joanna Young

Jo is the founder and director of The Scientific Editing Company, a publishing services    and researcher training consultancy. Prior to this, she completed her Ph.D. and  postdoctoral research at the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of several research publications, various blog posts and many tweets. She also runs the Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club and an annual careers conference for PhD students and postdocs, NEON21.

graham Graham Steel

Graham  has been actively involved in Patient Advocacy work in his spare time since  2001.  More recently, his activities have been focused mainly on Neurodegenerative conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease. He is also involved in advocating for Open Access/Science/Data and acts in advisory capacities to the Open Knowledge International,  and the Public Library of Science (PLOS). As of January 2015, he acted as Community Manager (then Social Media Manager) for ContentMine.

jan Jan Wessnitzer

In addition to being a co-founder at technology company Machines with Vision, Jan manages the data analysis projects at The Scientific Editing Company. Prior to this, he  completed his Ph.D. and postdoctoral research in robotics and machine learning at the  School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, where he was involved in several open source projects and authored many research papers.


If you have any questions about the event then please get in touch with us by emailing joyoung21 [at] gmail.com or tweet one of us:

@joysci (Joanna Young)

@McDawg (Graham Steel)

@jwessnit (Jan Wessnitzer)

@ReConEvent (event)