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We look back at the EARMA Conference in Oslo

We look back at the EARMA Conference in Oslo

The European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA) held our annual conference May 4-6, 2022. The event was attended by 1,150 people from all over the world who came together to network, share best practice and meet friends in Oslo, Norway. This was EARMA’s largest annual conference to date and the event was sold out.

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that came, particularly our speakers who shared their knowledge with our community, and that we hope you were able to enjoy the wonderful city of Oslo. Planning for this event began in 2018 and it was due to take place in 2020 but was rescheduled due to the recent public health situation. So, this gathering was highly anticipated. 

We have set up a collaboration space, an area on our website where you can view and share information, specifically for the EARMA Conference in Oslo and we will be sharing the presentations and some photos of the event there. All Conference attendees have been added to this collaboration space and will receive an email when the presentations and photos are ready. 

To access the collaboration space, log in to the EARMA website and on the top right side of the website you will see a tab for “Special Interest Groups”. Listed among the areas is “EARMA Conference 2022 attendees”. Select “View” to enter the space. If you did not attend the conference, you will not be able to access this area. If you did attend the conference but cannot access it, please contact us via

The sessions were greatly enjoyed by our community and attendees received 115 presentations, as well as 28 posters. The social activities were spread across the city and included morning yoga on the roof of the Oslo Opera House and tours of the beautiful Botanical Gardens. 

Our keynote sessions were very popular. Juraj Nociar, Head of Cabinet of Vice-President for the Inter-institutional relations and Foresight, discussed how the EU plans for challenges ahead. Jo Røislien, Norwegian personality, thrilled the audience with his take on numbers. We also had a fascinating panel discussion on EU policy with a range of important perspectives. 

EARMA took the opportunity to thank key people for their amazing contribution to the RMA community. The Lifetime Achievement award, EARMA’s highest honour, was received by Anne Katrin Werenskiold and Jan Andersen. Both were presented with plaques noting their recognition and flowers. Awards were also presented for Outstanding Contribution to Kristel Toom and Susi Poli.

We received some very strong entries in our poster competition and the judges selected the submission by Heli Honkanen, Valtteri Nikkinen, Leena Sukselainen and Renne Vantola. The people’s choice poster winner was by Giulia Mollica, Rosario Caruso, Gianluca Conte, Ambra Cerri, Federico Ambrogi and Sara Boveri.

There were many people involved in the planning and organisation of this EARMA Conference. We would firstly like to thank the EARMA Annual Conference Programme Committee for their tireless work in putting together the content for the event. We’d also like to thank our local partners, the Norwegian Association of Research Managers and Administrators (NARMA), Universities Norway, The Norwegian Research Council, University of Oslo, Oslo Metropolitan University, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Kristiania University College in the role of NARMA secretariat. 

Thank you to our media partner Research Professional News and other EARMA partners, F1000, Elsevier, Nature Springer, Crowdhelix, Idox, Infonetica and Worktribe. Finally, we would like to thank the EARMA Executive office for the administration, promotion and organising the logistics of the Conference.

Next year, we will be going to Prague for the EARMA Conference, April 24-26, 2023. The call for abstract submissions will be launched during August 2022 and we would encourage all of you to get involved.