Symplectic EMEA User Group 2021

Our EMEA User Meeting will be held virtually on 13th – 15th July. This year we’ll be coming live to you in your front rooms, office spaces, and kitchen tables with a mixture of sessions from product specialists and research institutions.

Sessions are scheduled three hour blocks, from 3PM – 5PM BST. Please register for each block that you are interested in attending, but feel free to join at the session times that interest you. Don’t worry if you can’t make a session on the day: we’ll email you a recording of sessions you’ve signed up for following the event.

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*All times are in British Summer Time (London, GMT+1)


Day 1: Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Theme: Getting the Most Out of Elements


Recommended for: Elements System Admins, Research administrators, Library staff, Marketing staff

2:00 – 2:30 PM Symplectic Update (Jonathan Breeze, CEO)

2:30 – 3:00 PM Version 6 Updates (Kate Byrne, VP Product Development)

3:00 – 3:15 PM Break

3:15 – 3:45 PM Discovery and Public Profiles Update (Nick Anderson, Senior Client Success Manager)

3:45 – 4:00 PM Client showcase (University of Sussex)

4:00 – 4:30 PM Introduction to the Reporting Hub, Sam Gibbons-Frendo, Product Manager

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Day 2: Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Theme: The Future of Symplectic: From Research Information to Research Management

Recommended for: Elements System Admins, Research administrators, Library staff

2:00 – 2:45 PM Elements Roadmap and Functionality 2021-2022 (Kate Byrne, VP Product Development)

Kate discusses our strategic development themes and plans to expand the range of data captured within Elements including the introduction of our new Technologies Module. She also outlines our plans for further development on a number of key modules including Assessment, Impact and Discovery. 

2:45 – 3:00 PM Building on Public Profiles: Introducing the Equipment Module (Nick Anderson, Senior Client Success Manager)

3:00 – 3:30 PM Our plans for the Impact Module (Kate Byrne, VP Product Development)

3:30 – 3:45 PM Break

3:45 – 4:30 PM Introduction to Research Funding Solution (Manya Buchan, Senior Product Manager)

Recommended for: Elements System Admins, Research administrators, Grants Management staff

Manya gives an overview and demonstration of the new Solution. Many of our clients have asked about getting a first look at this exciting new suite of functionality to explore how further reduce the administrative burden on researchers, facilitate and track collaborative proposal development, and increase visibility of project statuses.

4:30 – 4:45 PM Client Showcase: Research Funding Solution Early Adopters (University College Dublin)

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Day 3: Thursday, July 15th, 2021
Theme: REF and Beyond

Recommended for: Research administrators, Elements systems operators, REF project managers, CTOs

2:30 – 3:00 PM Why make the move to hosting? (Geirmund Knutsen, VP Client Services)

3:00 – 3:15 PM Migrating from Repository Tools 1 to Repository Tools 2 (Ben Heartland, Client Integration Lead)

3:15 – 4:00 PM Symplectic Community Discussion: Reflecting on the REF (Manya Buchan with Phineas Wenlock, Research Systems Manager at University of Essex, and Tim Brooks, Head of Research Excellence & Enhancement at Anglia Ruskin University)

4:00 – 5:00 PM End of Day Networking and Meet the Symplectic Team: Your Chance to Ask Questions (Jonathan Breeze, Kate Byrne, Tom Letcher) at the Symplectic Virtual Coffee Shop on (invite will be sent separately).

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With this partnership, we have the opportunity to position ourselves as
a world leader in the development of the scholarly ecosystem.

Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries, Carnegie Mellon

I cannot overstate how pleased we have been.
We have to have confidence to work with a partner
for at least 5 years on a project of this size.

Caleb Smith, Senior Strategy Manager for Research Intelligence & Analytics, University of Michigan

“Faculty need only spend perhaps less than an hour a year to prepare and submit their annual reports.”

Associate Dean, Carnegie Mellon University at Qatar

"Leveraging the interoperability between Symplectic Elements and DSpace has increased policy-driven institutional repository deposits by over 350%."

Ellen Phillips, Open Access Specialist, Boston University

Elements elegantly connected our multi-university system providing a
single source of truth throughout OIEx.

Tim Cain, The Ohio Innovation Exchange (OIEx)

The University measures the individual research activity of academic staff. This Measure of Research Activity (MoRA) requires the collection of publication data from faculty. Symplectic Elements supports this beautifully.

Floris van der Leest, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

[Elements] will help to bring transparency to the richness of thought showcased within non-traditional publications, providing a more holistic representation of faculties’ scholarly work.

Caleb Smith, University of Michigan

Feedback to date has been extremely positive from all levels across the University, with individual academics and colleagues actively promoting the ease of use of the system.

Rachel Baird, Research Policy Analyst, University of Liverpool