EARMA Leadership Event 2025: Aspiring Leader

EARMA Leadership Event 2025: Aspiring Leader

EARMA Leadership Event 2025: Aspiring Leader

Leadership in Research - Designed for Leaders up to 4 Years of Experience

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This Leadership Event comes in two versions, one in November 2024, targeting experienced leaders, and one in February the following year, targeting those fresh in their role as leaders.


Event Date and Time: 19:00, February 18, 2025-13:00, February 20, 2025

Event Location: EARMA Office 

Event Address: Rue des Colonies 56, Brussels, Belgium

Deadline to Sign up: September 05, 2024


Registration Process

Registration for this event will include one more step. Before registering on the EARMA registration page, each participant needs to sign up for the Expression of Interest Survey. Based on this, the content team will review all applications, and choose participants to make a compatible and balanced group. 

Each person who signed up will be notified about their selection status by end of September 2024. If chosen, you'll receive further instructions and a registration link.

When signing up, please block the event dates as if you will be participating until we notify you with the final confirmation in September. This will help us ensure a smooth and well-coordinated process of registering for all attendees.


Target Group

Managers and leaders from research, grants, or sponsored programme offices at research organisations like universities, research institutions, research councils and funding agencies. The group will consist of up to 28 new leaders, either as formally responsible for RMA staff or functionally managing RMA networks or project teams. The course targets leaders with up to 4 years of experience in their leadership role. Given capacity, we will also open up for senior RMAs, aspiring for their next career stage into leadership.


Purpose of the Event

Leading the provision of excellent research support to excellent researchers is both demanding and rewarding. You and your teams sit in the nexus of competing demands from funders, researchers, employers, ministries, commercial stakeholders, and the taxpayer. Converting your strategic intent into serviceable interventions in that environment is a constant challenge. As a leader, you will often find yourself in the ultimate ‘alone in the office’ scenario.

EARMA’s tailor-made ‘Leadership in Research Event’ is designed to support you in dealing with these issues while giving you the time and the space to think and reflect. Through a blend of key-note presentations, peer working and learning groups, case studies and networking opportunities you can share your ambitions and your dilemmas with your peers and bring back new perspectives and tools to your work.

The ‘Leadership in Research Event’ does not end on the last day. There is a growing cohort of alumni who continue to contribute to the programme and who are regular contributors to a ‘Leadership’ strand at the annual conference. During the event, you will be challenged to contribute to a follow-up process on a topic that is of importance to you as a leader leadership.

 Programme elements:

A. Fresh insights from European Research Policies

B. Your role as leader: Dilemmas and challenges

C. Real life case development – To be followed up



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Practical Information

The EARMA Office is only a 05-minute walk from Gare Centrale. Situated across from Brussels Park, it offers easy access to nature's beauty. Moreover, the Office enjoys excellent transportation links, allowing guests to effortlessly explore the city's attractions via metros, buses, trams, and taxis.

If accommodation is needed, we recommend staying in the Motel One Brussels or Pillows City Hotel Brussels Centre just a couple of minutes from the EARMA office, or in a close area where good options are 9Hotel CentralHotel Hubert Grand Place, or Hilton Brussels Grand Place.


Participation Fee

Member participation fee: 760 Euro + VAT (whole programme incl. meals)

Non-member participation fee: 990 Euro + VAT (whole programme incl. meals)

At own expense: Transport and accommodation



Evelina Brännvall 3
Evelina Brännvall, PhD is an Immediate Past Chairwomen of EARMA. She is a Head of LTU European Office and a Senior Research Manager at Grants Office of Luleå University of Technology (LTU) in Sweden. In her roles she supports the university's leadership and researchers in Research & Innovation Policies, external funding issues as well as positioning of LTU at EU affairs. She has one PhD in Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management (Lithuania, 2006) and another one in Waste Science and Technology (Sweden, 2013). Evelina transitioned into research management in January 2014. Since then, she has been on various EARMA Committees, graduating the first cohort of the EARMA Certificate Programme in Research Management. She has been on the Annual Conference Programme Committee since the very beginning and chaired it for two years. She is a co-organiser of EARMA Leadership programme as well as a member of the EARMA Policy and Representation Standing Committee. 

Jan Andersen 2

Jan Andersen, Senior Executive Officer, University of Southern Denmark, former EARMA Chair and current member of the steering committee for the EARMA Leadership Program. He was a DARMA Board member and founder and chair of BESTPRAC, Head of the INORMS WG on Organisational Development. He worked in RMA since 1994, whereof 20 years with the University of Copenhagen. Jan was conceptualising the Research Information System PURE. Jan is part of the EARMA Pasta Making Event, and received the EARMA Lifetime Achievement Award 2022.

Ragnar Lie 2

Ragnar Lie is Senior Advisor at Universites Norway, the Norwegian “rectors conference”, working with topics like research policies, open science, research administration and management, career policies and leadership development. He has worked in the higher educational sector for more than 30 years; first at The Research Council of Norway, then at University of Oslo, (both at centre, - faculty, and central level), and, since 2011, at Universities Norway. In EARMA he has previous been engaged in in the Professional Development and Recognition Committee and in the Board, and presently in the Annual Programme Conference Committee as well as the organizing committee for the Leadership Event. He holds a degree in Political Science from Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen.


Stefania Elisabeth Grotti
Stefania Elisabeth Grotti is a passionate and energetic professional involved in the field of Academic Research with strong competencies in the creation of Strategic Path and Management for hiring processes in the Research Office. More than 22 years of experience as a Research Manager at Politecnico di Milano, most of it as a Manager and Coordinator, with strong leadership and negotiation skills. With her involvement, Politecnico di Milano reached the first position at national level for EU projects granted. Great knowledge of funding and financial management with remarkable experience and ability to negotiate and mediate at any level and stage since 1995. Thanks to a national and international experience on complex projects, she has developed extensive knowledge in the Organisational HR Field suitable for transnational and diverse Research Contexts (academic and industry).

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