23 Things International: Your Adventure in Research

Registration is now open for 23 Things International, 2024. Swansea University is a programme partner alongside universities and research groups from across the world. This unique global programme is specially tailored for researchers interested in learning new tools to enhance their research, build and engage in research communities and build their profile. It is open to postgraduate researchers and academics from all disciplines.

What is it?

23T is a self-directed online programme. Each week we release two blogs – Things – covering a topic that can enhance how you work. It’s an easy way to find out the basics, with time to experiment a little and resources for taking things further when you want. With fresh content from field experts every year, we’re responsive to current needs, issues and debates, as well as the latest tools/technology. For example, this year will feature using AI in your research, project planning for grants, creative sharing of research, and research community building. 

A huge benefit is that when you join the programme, we put you in a ‘Pod’ with other researchers from around the world; through our dedicated Discord server you can meet, share experiences and maybe plan for future collaborations. Essentially, we want to help you build up a mini-network that goes beyond the obvious links within your institution or field and connects you with people you might otherwise never meet. For 2024 we’re grouping people using the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals - now of central importance to many research programmes and funders - so whatever your discipline or career stage, you’ll be meeting people with similar passions and priorities.

The Pod creates an instant network of researchers with overlapping research interests and leads to fantastic collaborations and friendships. Some of the Things include small group tasks, helping you to explore topics further together.

On top of all this, there is a Discord channel for discussion and networking, and we’re mixing in some live events, too – cross-time-zone coffee socials and a 48-hour writing retreat.

Our partners are leading universities and networks:

The Africa Research Excellence Fund (UK & pan-Africa)

Latrobe University (AUS)

Wollongong University (AUS)

Auckland University of Technology (NZ)

University of Otago (NZ)

University of Bath (UK)

Royal Holloway University of London (UK)

Cambridge University (UK)

University of Surrey (UK)

University College Dublin (IRL)

Swansea University (UK)

James Cook University (AUS & SG)

Sydney International School of Technology (AUS)

Kings College London (UK)

Techne Doctoral Training Partnership (UK)

Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana (IDN)

The Whisper Collective (International)

 We expect to have around 800 participants for 2024, from all areas of research.