Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) Retreat March 2022

Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) Retreat

Manchester and online

Mon 28th March – Fri 1st April 2022

Join the N8 Centre of Excellence in Computationally Intensive Research (N8 CIR; this month for an exciting new event taking place online and in-person from Monday 28 March – Friday 1 April.

Designed for people working at the interface between research and technology and infrastructure, the event aims to help technology specialists, such as research software and research infrastructure engineers, to develop additional professional skills to support researchers and accelerate discovery.

The 5 day event will feature more than 40 speakers and panellists who will discuss all aspects of the Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) landscape, taking you on a journey from the first contact you may have with a researcher, through identifying and meeting their needs, developing leadership and working with vendors.

We are pleased to say that the event is free to attend due to generous funding from EPSRC, regardless of your research area, funding source, UK university or research institute.

The event is themed over the 5 days as follows:

  • Monday 28 March, The DRI Landscape
  • Tuesday 29 March, Engagement
  • Wednesday 30 March, Facilitation
  • Thursday 31 March, Leadership
  • Friday 1 April, Friends and Collaborators

The event will be fully hybrid, with in-person sessions taking place at the University of Manchester’s Barnes Wallis conference venue and remote attendees joining us via the Airmeet platform.

Join Us In-Person

You are invited to join us in Manchester for as many days as you wish. Overnight accommodation is available to attendees free of charge on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. There is also a conference dinner on the Wednesday night open to all in-person attendees.

A number of travel bursaries are also available - please e-mail for details of how to apply.

Join Us Online

There’s a strong offer for online attendees too. You will have complete flexibility to attend as many sessions as you wish over the 5 days via our Airmeet platform. Airmeet will allow you to fully interact with the in-person attendees and panellists in an immersive environment.


An overview of the programme can be found at: Digital Research Infrastructure Retreat Details of speakers are currently being added so watch this space!

The deadline for registration for in-person attendance is Thursday 17 March, with remote registration closing on Thursday 24 March. Register now at Digital Research Infrastructure Retreat

We look forward to seeing you in Manchester (or online!) later this month.

Dr Gillian Sinclair

N8 CIR Programme Manager

University of Manchester