This November SpotOn London returns, ready to push the boundaries of science communication and policy with another one-day conference.

The event will be held at the Crick Institute on Saturday, 18 November 2017.  Hosted by BMC, Nature Research & Digital Science, SpotOn17 will be a dynamic, highly interactive meeting of researchers, science communicators, technologists, and those interested in science policy.

At this year’s conference, the focus will be on What makes a great researcher: tools and skills.

What skills should be taught to academics, and who should be teaching them? What is the best way to make sure that we are developing ‘open’ skills, and how do we facilitate more effective collaboration? How can the research community keep abreast of the latest tools and technologies?

Our aim is to bring the research community together to share knowledge and expertise about the technological expertise that can complement any stage of the research process, and agree on the essential parts of a researcher’s toolbox. This could include research data management, research integrity best practice, or tools for diversity in science, to name just a few.

Come and join us to talk about the tools and skills that great researchers need. Sign up via spoton@biomedcentral.com to receive programme details, regular updates about the conference and post-conference summaries, or follow #SpotOn17. If you would like to get involved, you can read the call for proposals here.

The Francis Crick Institute - the home for this year's SpotOn London

What is SpotOn?

SpotOn is a series of community events for researchers, science communicators, technologists, and those interested in science policy.

Our flagship conference is the annual SpotOn event in London, formerly called Science Online London. This year will be our seventh session.

If you have any questions or would like to contribute to the SpotOn site, please email us: SpotOn@BioMedCentral.com.