Leadership in research – Delivering Excellent Research Management and Administration

  • 23 Apr 2017
  • 11:00 AM
  • 24 Apr 2017
  • 3:00 PM
  • Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta

Leadership in research –

Delivering Excellent Research Management and Administration

April 23-24 2017 - Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta

The purpose of the seminar is to discuss, learn and develop your leadership skills as head of a research office. You will network with colleagues from Europe’s most outstanding research institutions. The outcome of the seminar is new knowledge, documented and shared among the participants. The seminar aims at enabling you to tackle some of the most pressing challenges for you as head of the research office.

Who should attend Leaders of units like research offices and grant offices are the key target group; this includes administrative leaders at e.g. centers of excellence, key personnel at a University’s central administration, and key staff at research funding organizations such as Research Councils. Typically, they will have worked in research administration for 7 years or more.


The seminar 2017 will focus on three main themes:

1.   Research Administration Services

Many research administration services are considering reorganization to meet new challenges in the funding landscape and the political contexts. High quality support services can and must, be organized differently, depending on the context and organizational culture of the institution. How to develop dynamic and forward looking services that suits your organization best? From presenters and among the participants, different models of support services will be investigated, and tools for analyzing services, such as benchmarking and indicators, will be presented.

2.   External Research Benchmarking

Excellent research support requires engagement in developing strategies for profiling and focusing of the research activity at your institution. This entails working closely with the academic leadership and staff, balancing different roles and using tools and techniques that supports the leadership and researchers to develop projects and applications that contributes to meet the academic objectives of the institution. How to prepare for strategic research reviews and what are the relevant tools and techniques?

3.   Open Science and its relation to societal impact of research

Open Science is the new kid on the block. What are the challenges for the Research Office and how is the concept of open science linked to the increased focus on societal impact of research? Presenters will give us updated insight behind the headlines and the group will work on how this field might change the way we work, strategically and practically, to support the research activity/our researchers in the future.


Day 1 Sunday April 23, 2017:

11:00 – Welcome Jan Andersen, Technical University of Denmark, EARMA Board

11:15 – Setting the scene - Introduction to the seminar and presentation

Dr Peter Hedges, Head of the Research Office, University of Cambridge, UK

12:30 - Networking lunch

13:30 – Keynote on Research Administration Services

Dr John Donovan, Dublin Institute of Technology, IE, EARMA Chair

14:00 – Group work

15:00 – Coffee break

15:30 – Keynote on External Research Benchmarking

Dr. Peter Hedges, Head of Research Office at University of Cambridge, UK

16:00 – Group work

17:00 – Off time

20:00 – Networking dinner

Day 2 Monday April 24, 2017:

9:00 – Keynote on Open Science and its relation to societal impact of research

Associate Professor David Budtz-Pedersen, Aalborg University Copenhagen, DK

10:00 – Group work

11:00 – Coffee break

11:30 – Group work

12:30 – Lunch

13:30 – Plenum discussion and sharing of findings

14:30 – Evaluation and further process

Ragnar Lie, Oslo University, EARMA Professional Development Working Group

Registration: The program is open to all those who fit with the target group, who are interested in getting an up-to-date insight and discussion of the burning issues that are on the agenda for research offices. 

The outcome of the seminar will be documented in a publication.

The seminar takes place one day before the EARMA 2017 Annual Conference at Malta and will part of registering for the conference. Its content will be relevant for those who sign up for the EARMA-Leadership certificate.

For registration and price please see:


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Advanced Training Centre (FTU)
Research Professional is  EARMA’s Official Media Sponsor. 


EARMA represents the community of Research Managers and Administrators within Europe. Our members work at the forefront of building the European Research Area.


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