Symplectic European User Conference 2019

University of Liverpool

2nd & 3rd July 2019

We are delighted to present our 2019 European User Conference, taking place at University of Liverpool, on July 2nd and 3rd, 2019. This is an annual gathering of members of Symplectic’s user community, with showcases of new and developing product features, interactive workshops, and opportunities to influence product development by giving feedback. Our event is open to institutions currently using or implementing Elements, as well as institutions wishing to learn more about our products and services.

In an effort to ensure our event meets your needs, we have decided to leave the last two sessions open. They will be confirmed after feedback from you and your peers! Your input will be needed in particular for the ‘unconference’ sessions which we will be running again this year. These form your opportunity to help shape the content of the conference and ensure its relevance to both you and others. Please see this page for more details.


Tuesday 2nd July

11.30-12.30 Registration & Lunch
12.30-13.00 Welcome & Symplectic Update
13.00-13.45 What's New: Elements Lighting Demo
13.45-14.30 Elements Roadmap and Beyond
14.30-15.00 Break
15.00-17.00 Un-conference Sessions (2 streams)
17.00-17.30 Un-conference Session Report Back
17.30- Evening Reception

Wednesday 3rd July

09.30 Client Lightning Talks
10.00-11.30 Workshop: Reporting
11.30-11.45 Break
11.45-12.45 Workshop Sessions
a. Impact
b. Discovery Module and Curating Public Profiles
12.45-13.30 Lunch
11.15-12.45 Workshop Sessions
a. REF
b. OA and Repositories
15.30-16.00 Break
16.00-17.00 Workshop and REF Sessions
a. REF Reporting
b. Symplectic Services
17.00 Wrap Up


The venue this year will be Foresight Centre, part of the University of Liverpool

Arriving by Car
From the M62: at the end of the motorway continue straight ahead onto Edge Lane (A5080 then A5047) and follow signs for Liverpool City Centre and the University.

Arriving by Rail
The venue is a ten minute walk from the nearest mainline station at Lime Street. Use the Merseyrail website or National Rail Enquiries to plan your journey.

Arriving by Air
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is eight miles from the city and is best reached by taxi or the express bus, directly outside the entrance to the airport terminal. You can also get buses 500, 86, 80A and 82A to Liverpool city centre. A train service runs between Manchester Airport and Liverpool Lime Street station. There is also a direct coach service which takes about 1 hour.

Please refer to the University website for further travel instructions.

Accommodation Options

We advise you to book the accommodation as soon as possible. Campus accommodation Albert Court is available to book on, which is a 5-minute walk to the venue and at a very affordable price (£40 per night).

Here are some more accommodation options near Lime Street and Central stations. They are about 10 minutes walk to the venue and have excellent reviews. The price is based on single occupancy for 1 night (2-3 July):
Holiday Inn Liverpool City Centre (Lime street): £107 per night
Premier Inn: £61 per night
The Liner at Liverpool: £61 per night
Seymour Terrace: £35 per night
Aachen Hotel: £35-45 per night
Seel Street Hotel: £55 per night

What is the experience?

A valuable forum for learning, sharing and networking, the conference is a great way to see how other institutions are tackling the challenges of research management, with workshops and demonstrations from colleagues and our team.

  • Learn more about Elements

    Our attendees will take home improved expertise, best practices that can be shared with colleagues, and greater enthusiasm for the system’s possibilities. Learn from others about implementations, data migrations, institutional adoption, user experience and researcher engagement.

  • Influence our roadmap

    Members of our product and business development teams will be present throughout the conference, so attendees will be able to discuss and provide feedback on Symplectic Elements. As with all our development, this feedback will directly influence our future initiatives.

  • Make new connections

    For all those involved in the use of Symplectic systems, this will be an invaluable meeting point, bringing together researchers, administrators, librarians, heads of department, and members of our team. Some of our colleagues from Digital Science will also be in attendance, providing further opportunities to meet innovators and influencers in the world of research technology.