Networking and boosting research skills in one: 23 Things International


If you're keen on learning about research tools and strategies AND get a bit of networking done, we have the ideal opportunity for you! 

La Trobe University is a program partner for the first time with 23 Things International. This unique global program is 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 doctoral and Masters by research students, their supervisors, and Early Career Researchers from all disciplines.

Registration is now open for 23 Things International 2024! 


23T is a self-directed online program. 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 program, 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 programs 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)
  • Auckland University of Technology (NZ)
  • University of Bath (UK)
  • Cambridge University (UK)
  • University College Dublin (IRL)
  • James Cook University (AUS & SG)
  • Kings College London (UK)
  • La Trobe University (AUS)
  • Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana (IDN)
  • Wollongong University (AUS)
  • University of Otago (NZ)
  • Royal Holloway University of London (UK)
  • University of Surrey (UK)
  • Sydney International School of Technology (AUS)
  • Techne Doctoral Training Partnership (UK)
  • The Whisper Collective (International)

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