Research in the 21st Century: Data, Analytics and Impact


You will be welcomed to the ReCon (Research Conference) in Edinburgh this June! This conference focuses on changes and developments in research communication in academia, including dealing with vast volumes of data, social networks, publishing and the use of metrics. A number of factors are influencing the way we communicate research in 2015 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. 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 will we deal with the large volume of data and research outputs that we are creating?


ReCon 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 includes speakers from government agencies, academics, publishers, people working in outreach and founders of start-ups working in the research space.


In addition to the main conference this year (19th June), we will be holding an optional free research communication hackathon the following day (20th June) at Codebase, the UK’s largest technology incubator, which houses over 60 technology companies.

We ran two previous highly successful events on disruption in publishing in June 2013 and June 2014 at the University of Edinburgh. Each year, the conference attracted over 200 delegates including entrepreneurs, students, investors, freelancers, writers and publishers and was broadcast live on the web. The talks are available to view online.

Steve Wheeler
Our Keynote speaker this year is Steve Wheeler.

To register to attend this event, just click here.



Joanna YoungJoanna 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 SteeleGraham 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 Foundation, and the Public Library of Science (PLOS). As of January 2015, he acts as Community Manager for ContentMine.

Jan WessnitzerJan Wessnitzer
In addition to being an independent statistics and machine learning consultant, 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.