European User Conference 2017

Edward Boyle Library, University of Leeds

12th & 13th June 2017

We are delighted to present our 2017 European User Conference, taking place at the University of Leeds, June 12th & 13th, 2017. 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.


Monday 12th June

09.30 Registration
10.00 Welcome
10.10 Company Update

Jonathan Breeze, CEO will provide an update on recent company activity, highlight a number of new Digital Science integrations and summarise the company’s future development projects.
10.45 Client Stories

This session will comprise a number of short presentations and case studies provided by representatives of the Symplectic user community.
11.45 Break
12.00 Integrating Elements with multiple repository platforms

Kate Byrne, Repository Platforms Product Manager, will provide an update on our latest repository integration technology, including the ability to use Elements to deposit electronic files in multiple repositories, whilst also tracking open access engagement levels via a single tool.
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Visualising the Elements Reporting Database

Simon Porter, VP Academic Relations and Knowledge Architecture at Digital Science will explain how Digital Science’s Data Consulting team have helped Elements clients visualise their research networks.
14.40 Elements Product Demonstrations

Members of the Symplectic team will provide short demonstrations of latest Elements features.
15.15 Break
15.30 The Elements Public Portal

Members of the Symplectic team will introduce the thinking behind a new module that is targeted for release in 2018.
16.00 The power of persistent identifiers:

John Fearns, CTO of Symplectic will discuss the increased utility of persistent identifiers captured in Elements, including person identifiers such as ORCID and institutional identifiers sourced from GRID.
17.00 Close
17.15 Drinks & nibbles at a nearby location

Tuesday 13th June

09.45 Welcome
10.00 Demonstration workshops - please select one:

Assessment Module
Demonstration of the Assessment Module and how it can be used to support REF readiness projects and other types of one-off data collections.

Open Access Monitor
Chaired by representatives from the user community, this session will allow members of Symplectic's user community to discuss the Open Access Monitor and Symplectic's future RT2 plans.
12.00 What's next for the Impact Module

Members of the Symplectic team will provide an update on the company's future plans for the Elements Impact Module.
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Workshop: Elements and the next REF

Members of the Symplectic team will explain how UK clients can best configure Elements to support the next REF. Topics will include:
  • Findings of recent mini client REF consultation
  • Symplectic’s recent experience of working with NZ clients who are using the Assessment module to support their own government reporting called the PBRF
  • The importance of enabling SSRS to support REF reporting
  • Options for capturing UoA assignment of REF eligible staff
The session will close with a call for volunteers to help form a REF2021 Steering Group.
15.00 Open Q&A Session

Chaired by representatives from the user community, this is an opportunity for attendees to discuss topics not covered in the formal agenda.
15.30 Close

Why should you attend?

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.

AUS Conference

A great genuine way of engaging with Symplectic with an open and enquiring Symplectic staff. Well supported by relevant ‘associated’ providers and active practitioners.Australasia Conference, 2016
“I really appreciated the Symplectic team’s openness and receptiveness to feedback. The ability to share experiences as users and engage in dialogue was the most helpful part of the meeting.”
US Conference, 2016
This was my first Symplectic conference so I didn’t really know what to expect but I have been absolutely blown away by the whole experience! Brilliant presentations, wonderful workshops, a relaxed and supportive community feel like no other conference I have been to and most importantly a feeling that Symplectic (and attendees) are genuinely interested in seeking, receiving, listening to and providing feedback, suggestions, concerns, solutions… and much more! Thank you!UK Conference, 2016

The Venue

Located in the heart of the University of Leeds campus, the Edward Boyle Library is a short walk away from Leeds city centre, and easily accessible by public transport.

The Edward Boyle Library forms part of a much wider group of listed Brutalist buildings at the University of Leeds designed by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon and constructed in the 1960s and early ’70s. It has already received praise from conservation experts and has been shortlisted in the 2016 Leeds Architecture Awards.

For more information on Leeds’ public transport system, including a journey planner, please visit West Yorkshire Metro.


Edward Boyle Library,
University of Leeds,
United Kingdom