Call for organizers: Researcher Skills Workshop 2019

Dave Hora
2 min readMar 27, 2019


participants at the Paris workshop beta run

This ResearchOps community project seeks to build and release a Researcher Skills Framework that helps researchers and their organizations to level up professionally.

One of our early aha moments was that a framework itself wasn’t going to move the needle. It was the reflection and conversations that happen around such artifacts that will set change in motion.

As such, a key phase of this project is a global series of workshops, where we’re inviting folks from around the world to host a Researcher Skills Workshop in their city.

This workshop offers:

  • For participants: The opportunity to reflect on our researcher paths, assess hard and soft(er) skills and exchange with fellow researchers about growth and future avenues
  • For workshop organizers: The chance to bring together members of your local community and generate interesting discussions
  • For the ResearchOps project team: Lots of data to lay the groundwork for the Researcher Skills Framework

As a workshop organizer, you’ll have access to:

  • The workshop kit, including printable worksheets and a facilitator guide
  • A Slack channel with fellow workshop organizers, where we’ll help each other out

As a workshop organizer, you’ll be responsible for:

  1. Finding a venue and inviting participants from your local community.
  2. Running the workshop itself. ResearchOps community guidelines will apply.
  3. Sending in data. There’s a worksheet that participants fill out at the end, and we ask you to collate the responses and send them in within a few days of your workshop ending.

Collected data will be made public under the Creative Commons License ShareAlike 4.0.

You can sign up here: Workshop organizer signup form

Frequently Asked Questions

(we’ll update questions here as they come in)

What happens after I sign up?

  1. We’ll reply with a Doodle to set up a organizer briefing call, where we’ll introduce the workshop kit and get to know each other
  2. If you decide to go ahead, we’ll add you to the Slack channels for organizers.
  3. When you have a date, let us know. We’ll help you promote it.

What do I need as a workshop host?

  • Plan for 3 hours of “active” workshop time, and 30–45 minutes to send back your workshop data.
  • You’ll also need to secure the following to run the workshop, and we’ll support as much as we (and our networks) are able:
  1. A comfortable room to hold your attendees, with a TV/projector
  2. Printed workbooks for each attendee + pens & scratch paper

Is there a workshop in my city?

How did this get started?



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