North American Conference 2017

Weill Cornell Medicine, New York City

August 1 & 2, 2017

Location Information:

Tuesday August 1

Weill Cornell Medicine, Main Building
1300 York Ave
New York, NY

Enter through the main entrance on York Ave, opposite E 69th Street.

Registration and breakfast will be in The Griffis Faculty Club on the first floor.
(Head forward after the entrance, then take a right after the library)

The conference will then begin in the Uris Auditorium, also on the first floor.
(On the left as you walk in the main entrance)

Wednesday August 2

All sessions, including registration, take place in:
Rooms A/B/C, Floor 2, Weill Greenberg Center
1305 York Ave

This is opposite the main building, towards 70th street.
We will have signs inside the venue to guide you.


We are delighted to present our 2017 North American Conference, taking place at Weill Cornell Medicine, NYC, August 1 & 2 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.



Tuesday August 1

09.00 Registration & Breakfast
09.30 Welcome
09.35 Company Update

Julia Hawks, Senior VP of Strategy & Business Development, will provide an update on recent company activity, highlight a number of new Digital Science integrations and summarise the company’s future development projects.
10.20 Client Panel Session: Beyond Publication Management

A panel comprising of representatives from Symplectic’s user community will share their experiences of reusing data captured within Elements in new and innovative ways, followed by a Q&A.
11.15 Break
11.30 The Power of Persistent Identifiers

Jonathan Breeze, CEO 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.
12.10 Visualising data captured in 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.
12.30 Reusing Elements data in Public Profile Platforms

Members of the Symplectic team will provide an overview of the various means by which Elements structured data can be repurposed to help better showcase institutional teaching and research activity in public facing websites.
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Client Lightning Demonstrations

Members of the Symplectic community will provide short demonstrations on how they are using the structured data captured in their respective Elements systems.
14.45 Update on the Assessment Module's new features

Demonstration of Elements' Assessment Module and how it can be used to support Annual Activity Reporting and other types of one-off data collection.
15.30 Break
15.45 Open Q&A

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

Wednesday August 2

08.30 Breakfast
09.00 Workshop 1 - Assessment

This will be an interactive workshop aimed at those interested in exploring new and emerging use cases for the Elements' Assessment Module. Technical expertise is not required, but this workshop will be best suited for business owners, research administrators, system administrators, or anyone with an interest in understanding and sharing both best practices and examples of faculty activity reporting generated with the Elements Assessment Module. We ask attendees to bring a laptop for this session.
10.25 Break
10.40 Workshop 2 - Reporting

This workshop will explore various aspects of Elements' reporting capabilities, including what can be accomplished with custom institutional reports, how to make templates, surfacing data with the Analytics Dashboard. Attendees should leave this session with increased understanding of what technical knowledge they need to utilise these features and what their next steps might be.
12.00 Lunch
12.45 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 7 blocks east of Central Park, Weill Cornell Medicine is centrally located and easily accessible on public transit.

For more information on transport and accessibility, please visit Weill Cornell Visitors.


Weill Cornell Medicine
1300 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065
United States of America