Symplectic North America User Group 2021

Our North America User Meeting will be held virtually on  5 – 7 October, 2021. 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.

Please register for each session that you are interested in attending, but feel free to join at the 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.


*All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-4)

Introductory Session 

Recommended for: VPs, IT & Technology, Finance & Procurement, Research administrators, Library staff, Marketing staff

New to Symplectic Elements, or want a refresher ahead of the User Meeting? This on-demand webinar from Julia Hawks, Senior VP of Strategy & Business Development, is a perfect introduction to our platform, highlighting its key use cases and most-used features.

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Day 1: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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

12:00 – 12:30 PM Symplectic Update (Jonathan Breeze, CEO)

12:30 – 1:00 PM Version 6 Updates (Kate Byrne, VP Product Development)

1:00 – 1:45 PM Discovery and Public Profiles Update (Nick Anderson, Senior Client Success Manager)

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Day 2: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

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

12:00 – 12:45 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. 

12:45 – 1:15 PM Use Cases for the Assessment Module (Sam Gibbons-Frendo, Product Manager)

1:15 – 1:30 PM Client Showcase: Streamlining Faculty Annual Reports Using the Assessment Module and Custom Reports (Boston University)

Steve Marois, Director of Faculty Actions, and Maura Monahan, Business Analyst, will share Boston University’s process for streamlining the Faculty Annual Report using a hybrid assessment/custom report method which served them well and might be of interest to other institutions.

1:30 – 2:00 PM Introduction to the Reporting Hub (Sam Gibbons-Frendo, Product Manager)

2:00 – 2:30 PM Figments: Bidirectional Integration Between Elements & Figshare as a Institutional Repository (Dan Valen, Figshare, & Kate Byrne, Elements)

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Day 3: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Recommended for: Research administrators, Elements systems operators, CTOs

12:00 – 12:20 PM Our plans for the Impact Module (Kate Byrne, VP Product Development)

12:20 – 12:40 PM Tracking Sustainable Development Goals with Elements & Discovery (Tzu-I Liao, Junior Product Manager)

12:45 – 1:15 PM Introduction to New Privacy Features (Kate Byrne, VP Product Development)

1:15 – 1:30 PM Client Showcase:  Privacy and Research Information Management Systems (Clarke Iakovakis and Megan Macken, Oklahoma State University)

1:30 – 2:00 PM Why Move to Hosting? (Geirmund Knutsen, VP Client Services)

2:00 – 2:30 PM Please join us for virtual networking in the Symplectic ‘coffee shop’ on

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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