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Day 1 Rolling Highlights Blog – 22nd RDA Plenary

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Tuesday 14th May

Breakout Sessions 1

The 22nd, fully virtual RDA Plenary kicked off with 5 breakout sessions organised and run by RDA Interest Groups and Working Groups, plus a Birds of a Feather session.

Topics included:

Opening Plenary

The Opening Plenary Session – “Why establish national and regional RDA nodes in Europe? The communities’ perspective” – focused on the benefits of the RDA to regions, and why regions are encouraged to establish a formal partnership with the RDA.  After an opening welcome from RDA Secretary General Hilary Hanahoe who gave context to the RDA Regional Memberships, we heard from Alex Delipalta from the RDA Europe office, who discussed the purpose of RDA Europe and its strategy to support RDA Regional Members in Europe.

View Hilary Hanahoe’s slides

View Alex Delipalta’s slides

On a national level, lightning talks were presented by European Partner Countries on their context, priorities and activities, their reasons to establish a partnership with RDA and the activities they would like to organise at the European level.

‘RDA is crucial to the international sustainable human infrastructure’

– Rachel Bruce, RDA UK

Breakout Sessions 2

The second group of breakout sessions included eight contributions from the RDA community, on topics including:


An important part of every RDA Plenary – whether virtual or in person – is networking! It was great to see members old and new coming together to connect and share experiences. Missed it? Join our next Networking Session on 16th May at 5:00 – 5:30 UTC.

Breakout Session 3

We ended the first day of VP22 with a final breakout of four sessions. The final sessions covered:

Day 1 of VP22 has come to a close.  Thanks to all who joined us.  If you missed it, no worries! There are plenty of opportunities to join us this week and next. We will be back in action at 07:00AM UTC tomorrow for more breakout sessions, networking opportunities and interactive plenaries.

Remember that registration is still open – secure your place and join us at VP22!