Researcher Realities is an umbrella initiative that invites conversations among and across the research community about the hows of research – how researchers do what they do. Conversations can be about developing projects, applying for funding, navigating challenges, transitioning into a new role, handling rejections, building teams, having difficult conversations, supporting others, strategizing, collaborating, planning with risks, mentoring, founding a network, bouncing back from when things go wrong, launching a new academic journal and much more. We encourage these conversations in different formats and settings, including an annual virtual event, pop-up in-person events and a curated blog series. To shift the focus from outputs and outcomes to research processes supports our ambition to create and foster an open, transparent, and inclusive research environment. These conversations are envisioned to allow best-practice sharing, championing unheard and underrepresented voices, and building community. There are rich opportunities to take #ResearcherRealities into your local contexts and we invite you to take this umbrella initiative and make it relevant to your realities. Theme ideas could be #PostdocResearcherRealities; #PIResearcherRealities; #TechniciansResearcherRealities; #NeurodivergentResearcherRealities; #ParentingResearcherRealities. Launch Event, 30th May 2023 The inaugural Researcher Realities event ran on 30th May 2023 as a 1-day online event that featured 4 sessions in relation to researcher careers, funding, interdisciplinary collaborations, and being a PI. Researchers of different career stages shared their career journey experiences with the aim to create more visibility for the complexities and realities of researchers' daily work beyond outputs. Below are the recordings from each session at the event. Researcher Career Journeys Researchers share their career journeys, opportunities and challenges, including experiences of precarity in video recordings from the Researcher Realities launch event in May 2023. Journeys to Funding Researchers share their funding experiences and offer top tips for securing fellowships or grants in video recordings from the Researcher Realities launch event in May 2023. Interdisciplinary Collaborations Researchers share how they got interdisciplinary collaborations off the ground in video recordings from the Researcher Realities launch event in May 2023. Notes from the Principal Investigator Researchers share their best practices and challenges, as well as the rewards of being a Principal Investigator in video recordings from the Researcher Realities launch event in May 2023. How to get involved If you wish to run a local event, we are happy to support your initiative and advice on how to set up these sessions, and assist in promotion. Do get in touch with your ideas for events or blog series with Dr Anna Pilz (email@example.com).