Welcome to the latest edition of the EARMA Newsletter. As we approach the winter break, we want to say thank you for your support throughout 2022. This year, we held our annual EARMA Conference in Oslo, Norway, we started working on a major EU project that will transform research management in Europe - RM Roadmap, we joined forces with BESTPRAC, welcomed hundreds of you to our events, we continued our work on research ethics and integrity, we started new thematic groups, and our EARMA office team increased in size. Without the dedication of our community, we could not achieve this. We hope to see you again in 2023 and, particularly, in Prague April 24-26 for the EARMA Conference.

In this month's publication, we're letting you know it's time for early bird registration for the EARMA Conference in Prague, save the date for the 2nd BESTPRAC meeting in Cyprus, the 10th ERION meeting took place in Brussels, our end-of-year party takes place online December 9, we find out why RMAs dance, we welcomed heads of research offices to the EARMA Leadership Event, learn about project and programme management tools, join a talk from the EARMA Impact group, we'll be discussing Open Science and IP, and we're letting you know about a study tour in conjunction with the INORMS Congress 2023 in Durban, South Africa.


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EARMA Conference Prague early bird registration open now

You can now register to attend the EARMA Conference taking place in Prague April 24-26, 2023. Our last Conference received the highest number of attendees ever, over 1,150 members of our RMA community, and was sold out so we want to make the next EARMA Conference our biggest one yet. The theme of the next EARMA Conference is Widening and Deepening of the RMA Profession. It covers both geographic widening as well as professional widening while the concept of deepening relates to the professional development of research managers and administrators in Europe and beyond.


This year we have made our programme more accessible by providing a legend with emojis to guide you through the different topics. The programme legend is located at the top of the conference webpage. Don't forget to check out our preliminary programme today, which is live on our website now. To avail of reduced early bird rates, please register your place soon.


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Save the date - 2nd BESTPRAC meeting in Cyprus

The 2nd BESTPRAC thematic group meeting will take place in-person in Cyprus March 28 and 29, 2023. BESTPRAC meetings continue to be an open and inclusive space for sharing best practices among RMAs, also aimed at providing guidance on the most relevant topics identified by the community. The agenda and registrations will be available in early 2023. Read more.


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10th ERION meeting takes place in Brussels

We were delighted to welcome you to the 10th ERION meeting in Brussels November 17, 2022. We heard from a fascinating array of speakers on research ethics and integrity in the heart of Europe for the second time this year. The topic was "Research Integrity Promotion Plans: From creation to implementation" and the event was well attended. Read more.


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Join the EARMA end-of-the-year party online

December 9, our community will come together for one last gathering online. We invite you to join us for this very informal event without an agenda, speeches or presentations. This will be an opportunity to connect with colleagues in a relaxed and fun way. This event takes place 14:00 CET. Register your place asap.

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Why do RMAs dance?

Join us for a session that will reflect on the reasons why RMAs dance, the traditions and rituals that form our RMA community. This cultural discussion will be our first event of 2023 and takes place online January 20 at 15:00 CET. Register today!


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EARMA Leadership Event in Brussels

Leaders from research performing organisations joined us in Brussels November 22 - November 24, 2022, for a tailor-made program exploring the challenges, dilemmas and strategic considerations related to their roles. Through peer learning groups, many fruitful discussions were had and participants were able to share their experiences with colleagues to further develop their knowledge base. Thank you to our attendees, keynote speakers and moderators for your participation. We hope to see you again next year! Read the agenda.


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Project and Programme Management​ 

January 26, 2023, at 14:00 CET, we will host a community-led discussion on the types, benefits, and challenges of using third-party IT solutions for project and programme management in the field of research. Contributors will demonstrate the tools that they are using. After the presentations, the floor will open for participants to share their experiences using break-out rooms. Interested? Register today

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Integrating impact into your funding proposal

The EARMA Impact thematic group will host a session with Mark Reed on how to increase your success rates and integrate impact into your next research proposal. The speaker is a successful bid writer who has co-chaired and served on funding panels for EU and international funders. This session takes place online February 1, 2023, from 11:00 - 12:30 CET. Register your place.


Open Science and IP- Enemies? Friends? Frenemies?

Save the date - Open Science and IP: Enemies? Friends? Frenemies?​

The Open Science paradigm is often perceived to be in conflict with traditional forms of protecting intellectual property (IP). This creates the impression that researchers and research managers have to choose between one or the other or, in the worst case, are even confronted with two mutually exclusive demands when managing a EU funded Horizon project. But is this really the case? Join us for this interesting discussion February 16, 2023. Registration open now.


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INORMS Congress Southern Africa study tour

Are you attending the INORMS 2023 Congress in Durban, South Africa? EARMA, SARIMA and DARMA have arranged a pre-congress study tour to outstanding research institutions of Southern Africa. This tour will be a unique opportunity to meet and share knowledge between international and Southern African colleagues. It takes place May 21-29, 2023. Read more.