Virtual Research Environments Workshop: Catalysts of Change


Knowledge Exchange organised an international workshop on “Virtual Research Environments: Catalysts of change" on 17 and 18 November 2011 in Birmingham at the Aston Conference Centre.


Following the success of Virtual Research Environments: The next steps in Rotterdam, 2010, this Knowledge Exchange workshop focused on how Virtual Research Environments support the changes in researchers’ behaviour and practice.

Workshop participantsChanging research behaviour and practice have repercussions for funding programmes, policy and technology infrastructures. The development of tools has the potential to transform research practice, but as these tools become part of the digital infrastructure, challenges of use, maintenance and sustainably inevitably arise.

This workshop allowed Knowledge Exchange and its partners to share their experience and understanding with leading experts, influencers and funders, including members of the European Commission.

The workshop offered new perspectives and debate on: 

  • changing researcher behaviours
  • policies in the creation and use of VREs
  • sustainability
  • re-use of tools and technologies. 

The following documentation is now available: the reportprogramme, presentations, photographs and a list of participants.






A full report on the workshop is available for download here.

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