Reimagine Research Townhall: Dundee

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


In September 2019, Wellcome launched a major new initiative aimed at improving the working culture of research. Building on a growing sense of a need for change in the research community Wellcome’s Director Jeremy Farrar said that he wants to see funders, institutions and individuals value not just what is achieved, but also how it is achieved. He aims to plant this concept at the heart of everything that Wellcome does.
Wellcome wanted to undertake this transformation in partnership with the wider research community, and they ran a major survey which received an unprecedented response. Representatives from Wellcome shared the results of that survey, and wanted to hear the thoughts of the research community on how all parts of the research system, including Wellcome, can change.
In partnership with the University of Dundee, Wellcome is hosted a Townhall event to share and discuss the survey’s findings, describe what a better culture would look like, and begin formulating ideas which can help them all reach those aims. The Townhall was also an opportunity to celebrate the good practice already happening, and work out how we can get this to spread further. Wellcome ran a number of these events across the UK, and each discussion will feed directly into their work to craft a set of clear goals for a great research culture, and inform the changes Wellcome will be making.
Wellcome wanted to hear from everyone who supports research, including those at different local institutions, different career stages, different supporting roles, and different disciplines.
Following registration, the session kicked off with a facilitated, interactive discussion inspired by the survey findings, finishing with a panel Q&A followed by a reception.
Period12 Feb 2020
Event typeOther
LocationDundee, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal