• 29 Mar 2014 2:58 PM | John Donovan (Administrator)
    CAURA Seminar - Places available for EARMA members
    The Canadian Association of University Research Administrators is offering 15 places at its next webinar (April 8th at 12 p.m. EST) programme to EARMA members.

    Hit the Ground Running: Advice for the Early Career Research Administrator Katie will lead early career research administrators in distinguishing between excelling in current roles and excelling in their careers. Katie will also teach attendees strategies to measure, articulate, increase and promote achievements. In particular she will highlight the opportunities afforded by your CAURA membership as well as other resources. This webinar was also offered in December. Registrants from December and this webinar will all be entered in a draw to win a free copy of Steer Your Career: A Research Administrator's Manual for Mapping Success (2013) donated by authors Katie Porter and Sarah Lampson.

    To register for this webinar please contact: Sarah Lampson, Executive Director/Directrice executive, Canadian Association of University Research Administrators/Association canadienne d'administrateurs de recherche universitaire (CAURA/ACARU) at 

  • 29 Mar 2014 2:54 PM | John Donovan (Administrator)
    New EARMA Posters and Flyers

    EARMA has just launched a new set of flyers and posters for use by members. For more information see EARMA in a Wordsl
  • 26 Mar 2014 10:24 AM | Emma Lythgoe (Administrator)
    Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF)

    The Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) is Europe’s largest, general science meeting and is held in a leading Europe city every two years. ESOF 2014 will be hosted in Copenhagen from June 21-26, 2014.

    If you plan to participate in ESOF 2014, you can register through EARMA for 100€ for the full program. EARMA will be present with a booth. Follow the link to the registration page
  • 20 Mar 2014 2:36 PM | John Donovan (Administrator)

    The DESCA model consortia agreements (CA) have served the framework programme well, have evolved with the programmes and are built on the experience of the programme gained by numerous diverse stakeholders in the Framework programmes

    However, it now appears that the Commission, in order to ensure better transfer of research results into real impact, is drafting its own set of model CAs.

    So now we have the 'official' unofficial DESCA model just launched after a wide and extensive consultation and drafting process and an unofficial 'official' CA drafted and being presented after a somewhat less inclusive process. Simplification is too simple!

  • 20 Mar 2014 2:34 PM | John Donovan (Administrator)

    The draft EU Data Protection Regulation will create a clear legal framework that facilitates research while protecting the individual interests.  There are concerns that this Regulation may have significant implications for research in genetics, cohort studies, biobanks, disease registries and the use of routinely collected data, and associated progress towards understanding society, health, and disease that delivers real patient benefit.


    The original draft Regulation set out a proportionate mechanism for protecting privacy, while enabling health and scientific research to continue. It included a requirement for specific and explicit consent for the use and storage of personal data, but provided an exemption for research, subject to certain safeguards in Article 83. This recognised that individuals’ interests can be protected through strong ethical and governance safeguards, such as approval by a Research Ethics Committee.  On 12th March the European Parliament adopted amendments that very significantly reduce the scope of this research exemption meaning that the use of personal data in research without specific consent would be prohibited or become impossible in practice. The EU Council is still working to agree its position on the Regulation and following this they can enter trilogue discussions with the Parliament and Commission to try and agree a compromise text.

  • 20 Mar 2014 2:31 PM | John Donovan (Administrator)
    The EARMA 20th Annual Conference at Tallin in Estonia is still open for registrations. Early Bird registrations (€400 for members) offer a significant reduction on the normal cost and are still available
  • 20 Mar 2014 2:30 PM | John Donovan (Administrator)
    By now you will all have heard of the result of the Swiss Immigration Referendum. Switzerland, by a very narrow margin has voted to re-impose border restrictions and, as a consequence, the European Commission has 'downgraded' Switzerland's participation in H2020 to that of a third country. NCPs have been passing out notifications about the new situation for about a week now. Switzerland was the best performing of the non-EU countries in FPs 6 and 7 so inadvertent exclusion is neither in Europe’s or Switzerland’s best interest. While politics will be politics, EARMA continues to encourage members to work with Swiss colleagues to keep them involved in the programme. There will probably be new rules for our Swiss colleagues but I am sure that other colleagues will continue their support. Hopefully, once the dust settles and Switzerland has negotiated its new relationship with the EU things can return to normal.
  • 20 Mar 2014 2:29 PM | John Donovan (Administrator)

    EARMA is bidding to host the 2018 INORMS conference in Brussels. The decision will be made at the INORMS meeting in Washington in April. This represents a tremendous opportunity for EARMA to expand its visibility and to further develop as a significant association on the research management scene. Please support the bid by telling your associates and other interested colleagues! For more information, including the vision statement, please see here.

    The Board would like to thank the INORMS 2018 bid group who worked on this for nearly a year and who have done the Association proud. Good luck!

  • 20 Mar 2014 2:28 PM | John Donovan (Administrator)
    EARMA is a member of a number of international networks and actively encourages participation in those networks by members. To support this activitiy, EARMA makes a number of travel bursaries available to help members meet the costs of participating in conferences, study trips workshop, etc. Details and applications are available on our 'Grants and Funding' page.
  • 13 Mar 2014 6:31 PM | Emma Lythgoe (Administrator)
    Call For EARMA Professional Development Programme Host Organisations 

    The Research Management training programme works on the basis of the good will of institutions who have agreed to become hosts for the trainings. Hosts must, as far as possible, be members of EARMA.

    Events are expected to take place three times during 18 months (including some training at Annual Conference). The training sessions last 2 days with up to 20 participants. Training rooms should be equipped with presentation equipment, Wi-Fi access and cloakroom facilities. 

    To be considered as a Host Organisation please provide:
    • Official Letter of Interest (including the name of the organisation, address, website and contact details – telephone number and email address of the contact person)
    • Description of venue (including training rooms, area for breaks and catering/lunch options, accessibility).
    • Provider conditions
    • Price including all services. 

    If your application is a match for our needs, then we will contact you with more information. We may keep your data on file for future consideration.

    Applications should be submitted to EARMA ( and marked “EARMA Training Programme”. Deadline for sending in your application is Friday April 11 2014 at 17:00 CET. and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

    For further information about the EARMA Professional Development Programme me please click here.
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