EARMA Trainers and Assessors

The pool of trainers and assessors is as follows:

Anna-Karin Frih

(Örebro, Sweden)

Anna-Karin Frih (PhD) works as a senior research advisor in Grants Office at Örebro University in Sweden. In the late 1990s she studied History and graduated with a teachers exam from Örebro University in Sweden. She then started her academic research career in History and wrote a thesis on The Girl in the Medicine in Medical History about children and health at the turn of the century 1900. After receiving her PhD she worked as a lecturer and researcher in History and Gender Studies at undergraduate level. She was also involved in two separate governmental investigations at the Ministry of Culture in Sweden and the Swedish Parliament Administration as a research assistant.  She has been working with research management and university administration since 2008. At the Grants Office she works with supporting researchers within the Humanities and Social Sciences and her responsibilities include pre-award services for national as well as EU-funding. She holds seminars for researchers on various topics such as grant writing, career development, research strategies and match making. Since 2014 she has represented the Swedish research advisor’s network in the national reference group for Societal Challenge 6: Europe in a Changing World in Horizon 2020. Her background in research and teaching in History and Gender Studies, combined with expertise in administrative support and counseling in external research funding, forms the basis of her interest and knowledge in issues concering gender, diversity and EU funding.

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Andrea Degen

(Zurich, Switzerland)

Founder of EUrelations AG research management agency in Technopark Zurich (www.eurelations.com). Andrea is qualified as a medical doctor and pursued trainings in project management IPMA. She acted as National Contact Point at www.euresearch.ch for the European Union’s Framework Programme for RTD form 2000-2005 and was an expert of the Swiss Federal Knowledge & Technology Transfer Initiative KTI-CTI www.kti-cti.ch from 2005-2011. Andrea is mainly responsible for the trainings within EUrelations and collaborates with external training experts to develop customised training programmes. She is of unique entrepreneurial spirit and can motivate people easily, completely in line with the company’s goal: Enabling the next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs. The company she is involved manages national and internationally funded research and innovation projects and programmes. The topics range from life sciences to manufacturing, logistics and renewable energy. Specific support actions to science range from interviewing high-tech companies in publicly funded R&D projects to international collaboration with China. Trainings related to fundraising in science, project management and career planning are offered on a regular basis for Swiss and European Universities and for ITN’s projects (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, H2020).

Patricia Ruiz Noppinger

(Dresden, Germany)

Patricia studied Biology in Madrid (Spain) and Salzburg (Austria) and received her PhD at the Basel Institute for Immunology (Switzerland) in 1994. Until 1998 she was EMBO and TMR-Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow in the department of Prof. W. Birchmeier at the Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin (Germany) before she took over a group leader position at the Department of Vertebrate Genomics at the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (Berlin). In 2002 she moved with her group to the Center for Cardiovascular Research, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and two years later became Associate Professor at the same institution. In 2010, she took on the role of Scientific Coordinator at the Deans Office and the Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center before changing gears in 2011 as Lead Scientific Affairs to the BASF affiliate Metanomics Health GmbH. In 2013 she moved to the Technische Universität Dresden where in her current position she heads the Department for Research Management at the Faculty of Medicine. In addition, Prof. Ruiz Noppinger holds a certified coaching training of the German Coaching Association and works as a freelance coach (http://www.coaching-mentoring-wissenschaft.net/).

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Frank Heemskerk

(Brussels, Belgium)

After an academic career in neurochemistry and pharmacology in the Netherlands (U Utrecht), USA (National Institutes of Health) and France (U Pasteur), he joined in the ‘90s a small Bio-pharmaceutical company in Belgium (Tibotec-Virco), world leader in R&D for HIV drug discovery, development and diagnostics. As Director Research Coordination & Funding he was responsible for the Co-ordination, Management and Administration of all publicly funded Research projects in the company and the Business Development aspects of the external Research collaborations. In this position he supported the growth of the company from 28 to more than 250 employees, through a merger, multiple private placements and finally an acquisition for 500 M€ by Johnson & Johnson. In 2002 he started Research & Innovation Management Services  as an independent service provider focused on building Open Innovation networks to bring Knowledge from Academia to the Market. His leadership positions as President of EARMA (www.earma.org, a network of research managers in hundreds of academic and industrial European organizations) and co-founder of ProTon Europe are valuable to assess trends across Europe and beyond. He serves regularly as a consultant and Expert Evaluator to the European Commission and is member of advisory board of several European organizations. He has been involved in >42 EU projects since FP4, serves on the Board of several start-up companies and is a well known trainer on research and Innovation management, EU funding, business development and knowledge transfer in Europe, L-America and Africa.

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Lee-Ann Coleman


Dr Lee-Ann completed her PhD in visual system development at the University of Western Australia and undertook postdoctoral research in the USA and Oxford. After leaving the lab, she has worked in a number of sectors, always supporting research and researchers. She holds a postgraduate diploma in Institutional Management and Change in Higher Education from the University of Twente.  She has experienced the research grant sector both as a funder at the UK’s Medical Research Council and then supporting applicants at King’s College London. At the Association of Medical Research Charities she established a training programme for grant managers and administrators and, as Head of Policy, worked closely with charities to respond to issues affecting research, including Open Access, peer review, assessing impact, working with industry and funding research in universities. As Head of Science at the British Library she was an advocate for Open Access and making science more publicly accessible. She has been on a number of committees and boards, including ARMA. She is currently a Special Trustee of Moorfields Eye Hospital, appointed for her experience in research funding, policy and strategy.

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Henrik Engel--Hedager

(Copenahgen, Denmark)

Henrik, MSc Political Science from Aarhus University, has been working with research management and administration since 2008. His professional career also counts 7 years of employment in Danish Customs and Tax Administration (1999 – 2006), 1 year as EUROCUSTOMS Resident Advisor in Kyiv, Ukraine (2004) and 2 years in the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (2006 – 2008).   
He has been and is engaged in
 pre- and post-award functions in FP6, FP7 and H2020 projects and applications. Besides that Henriksupports researchers finding opportunities for fundingin the Danish, the regional and the international public and private funding landscape. During his present employment as Research Coordinator at the Technical University of Denmark, National Veterinary Institute (DTU Vet) Henrik also is working with improving the quality of research support services. Network form an important part of this - he is an active member of internal DTU network for research administrators and managers, DARMA and EARMA.

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Margarida Trindade 

(Lisbon, Portugal)

Margarida has over six years of experience in supporting researchers, faculty and institutions on the assembling of funding proposals, including strategic planning, finding opportunities, support throughout the application, contract negotiation and grant writing. Her experience spans several European and American, public and private agencies, such as the Horizon 2020, FP7 and the NIH, as well as Portuguese grant schemes. Presently she works for the Business Research Unit at ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon, which encompasses more than 100 PhD researchers in the areas of Economics, Finance, and Management. From 2008-2013, she acted as Pre-award Funding Coordinator at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, working closely with biomedical researchers. She is also an experience trainer on grant application and career development for graduate students, having lectured Master and PhD programs in Portugal and Brazil. In parallel, she acted as expert evaluator for the European Commission FP7 program and recently joined the Horizon 2020 Marie S. Curie Actions Advisory Group. Margarida obtained her PhD on Developmental Biology at the University College London in 2000.

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Dr. Bodil Formark

Umeå, Sweden

Dr. Bodil Formark works as an International Research Coordinator at Grants Office, Umeå University in Sweden. In her work at Grants Office Formark primarily works with Horizon 2020 and, due to her research background, with a particular interest in issues concering SSH-integration and the integration of gender within the framework programme. Dr. Formark’s activities as a researcher have primarily been within the fields of History, Gender Studies and Girlhood Studies. She currently also works part of her time at Umeå Centre for Gender Studies as coordinator of FlickForsk! Nordic Network for Girlhood Studies.

Rob Johnson

(Nottingham, UK)

A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Rob began his career at KPMG, the international professional services firm, working with higher education institutions in both the UK and New Zealand.  He then moved to the University of Nottingham as Research Financial Controller, and subsequently Head of Research Operations.  His responsibilities at Nottingham included pre- and post-award management of research, negotiation with key customers on high value/high risk contracts, research reporting/management information and development of research business processes and systems.  Rob also served as Company Secretary for the University’s IP commercialisation company, Eminate Limited, and UNIP Management Limited, which operates the University’s Innovation Park.  He holds an MSc in Management (Higher Education Administration) from Loughborough University.  On leaving the University of Nottingham in early 2013, Rob founded Research Consulting which provides a professional consultancy service to clients in higher education, industry and academic publishing.  He now supports a wide range of organisations in professionalising their approach to the management of research, and has delivered training sessions in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

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