Doing Conferences and Gaining Impact


Conferences are an incredible vehicle to grow your academic network, increase your impact and evolve your influence in the field.  It is an important place of discovery and a place of liberty to explore your academic opportunities. This workshop is planned to help participants prepare for and maximise future academic conferences through focusing on best practices in approaching conference experiences in terms of the phases of research, planning and participation.

The workshop aims to equip researchers to:

  • Identify the wider benefits of conferences beyond publishing
  • Approaches to funding your academic conference experience
  • Support academic ambitions through researching conference opportunities
  • Develop best practice in planning your conference experience
  • Assess pre, during and post conference engagement strategies
  • Explore approaches to better networking and participation in conferences

Develop a practical and planned approach to your next conference event


  • Dr John Bustard

    John’s career has benefited significantly from participation in academic conferences since his time as a PhD Researcher at Ulster.  Winner of the Impact Excellence Award (2017) in no small part due to success in building an international network through conferences.  His PhD and ongoing research are focused on event experiences, specifically digital impacts through co-creation pre, during and post event. He is currently lecturing in Digital Transformation for the Department of Management Leadership and Marketing at Ulster University focusing on Digital Marketing, Sales and Events.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain B of the Vitae Framework: Personal effectiveness which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • B1: Personal qualities
  • B2: Self-management
  • B3: Professional and Career Development
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework