Some of the highlights from ReConEvent* over the years.
Biomedical Physicist Lewis MacKenzie at University of Leeds gave an excellent talk which was also very popular.
In 2017, we also experimented for the first time with Unconference sessions. The first one was by Nicola Osbourne: EDINA, University Of Edinburgh.
Over the years, we’ve had a number of speakers either from Digital Science or from one of their portfolio companies. The most recent speaker we’ve had from Digital Science was Phill Jones, Director of Publishing Innovation.
Jean Liu, Product Development Manager for Altmetric delivered a great talk for us.
Some external coverage of our 2017 conference.
Nicola Osbourne live blogged it (she is Scotland’s finest person at doing such a thing in our opinion).
Seems like a lot to take in? If you want to explore further, you can check out all of ReCon’s video coverage from a broad range of speakers on their blog. Inspired by ReCon, the UofG Library Team will also be holding an event for researchers on 27 October with tours, talks and tools to help you with research communication!
By far, our most popular talk from 2016 was delivered by Geoffey Bilder from CrossRef.
In addition to the conference, we also held a hackday the day after it. Summary here.
The hackday was sponsored by CrossRef & JISC.
External coverage of our 2016 conference by Frank Norman, a Librarian, Information Services at the Crick Institute..
ReCon has become my favourite small conference about publishing and research. It’s held each June in Edinburgh. I attended it in 2015 and really enjoyed it. There were stimulating presentations on non-trivial topics, and plenty of interesting conversations over coffee and lunch. So I went again this year with high expectations that were not disappointed.
Some highlights from our event in 2015. Stephen Curry, Professor of Structural Biology at Imperial College gave the following popular talk for us.
The hackday was sponsored by GitHub & Mendeley.
At the time, Timo Hannay was Managing Director at Digital Science (prior to that, Timo was the publishing director of Web Publishing at Nature Publishing Group). He spoke for us in 2014 and delivered an excellent Keynote talk.
*In 2013 and 2014, the event was branded with the name EdinPubConf (EPC) and our excellent team consisted of Joanna Young, Graham Steel, Rachel Willmer & Jan Wessnitzer.
Altmetrics, publishing data, being open and learning styles were all discussed at ReCon this year! The conference was a huge success and we were even trending (#ReCon_15) on Twitter in the UK and Germany for the majority of the morning! All the The conference was followed by a hackday, sponsored by GitHub, at Codebase, the UK’s largest technology incubator. Projects included citizen science for spotting animals, an automatic infographic generator and geotagging research. Our hackday winners (Pen-Yuan Hsing and team, TinDeer, left) and runners up (Erin Nolan, James Billingham and team, TL;DR Space, including onesie, right) are pictured below!
Naturally there was plenty of time to enjoy the prizes, including Scottish whisky and a onesie, while eating (the very popular) haggis pizza… and a peek out of the window revealed Edinburgh Castle looming above… We are looking forward to next year’s conference and would like to say another huge thank you to our sponsors: GitHub (conference and hackday), Mendeley and The Scientific Editing Company!