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Digital Research Infrastructure Retreat 2024

We are hosting a five-day retreat comprising of panel discussions and group sessions for technology specialists to develop soft skills and network with peers. This national event is open to software engineers, infrastructure engineers, and data managers at any stage of their careers and encourages those new to these fields to attend. Registration for the event has now closed but you can find event information on its events page.

Pendulum Hotel and Manchester Conference Centre
18 Mar 2024 noon — 5 p.m.
19 Mar 2024 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.
20 Mar 2024 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.
21 Mar 2024 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.
22 Mar 2024 9 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Due to the success of the 2022 Digital Research Infrastructure Retreat, the N8 Centre of Excellence in Computationally Intensive Research (N8 CIR) is again hosting an event to support the development of soft skills amongst the research support community. 

This five-day event will help technology specialists, such as research software engineers, research infrastructure engineers, and research data managers, develop additional professional skills to support researchers and accelerate discovery. With sessions entirely based around panel discussions there will be plenty of time for questions during the sessions. Time is set aside at the end of each day to allow for small group discussions with panellists and networking. 

Taking place in person at the Pendulum Hotel, Manchester, sessions will give participants the time and space to engage fully with colleagues across a variety of research domains. Accommodation, breakfast and lunch are included for delegates attending in person.  An option to attend online is available but in-person attendance is encouraged.


Monday - The DRI Landscape

The DRI context | The DRI Landscape

Tuesday - Engagement

Academic perspectives, Intake interviews | Mapping researchers needs to DRI skills and infrastructure | Helping each other as DRI professionals | Industry panel

Wednesday - Facilitation

DRI systems components | What lies ahead for DRI tech | Novel technologies | Portfolio management | Unconference session

Thursday - Leadership

The funding landscape | Grant writing | Teams, culture and diversity | Strategic thinking and vision | Developing a profession

Friday - Friends and Collaborators

Fostering positive vendor relationships | Stories from the trenches | Wrap up

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