Pre-Congress Events

On Monday 4th June, we will be offering a number of pre-Congress events. Please note: these workshops are not included in your conference delegate ticket and require a separate booking.


Global Leadership Summit

As part of the Congress we will be running a one-day Leadership Summit specifically for leaders who are helping to set the research management agenda in their areas of influence across the globe.

Experienced and recognised guest speakers will share and present their stories of leadership, particularly across international borders and ample time will be available for panel discussions.

The focus of the Congress will be on the challenges of supporting global research at a time when the rapid rate of globalisation is being challenged by new forms of national protectionism. The best academic researchers have always sought to work across international boundaries; funders and policy-makers are increasingly seeking to work collaboratively to support global research initiatives; and the challenge for us in the professional services is to provide the very best support for our academic colleagues in accessing and taking advantage of those opportunities, facilitating collaborations and removing barriers.

Panel chair:

  • Ehsan Masood Knight Science Journalism Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Guest speakers:

  • Rebecca Endean Strategy Director, UK Research and Innovation
  • Norifumi Miyokawa Senior Research Administrator, Hiroshima University
  • Sukanya Kumar-Sinha Deputy Director, RCUK India
  • Christina Miller Director, UK Research Office (UKRO)
  • Xerxes Mazda Director of Collections, National Museums Scotland

To find more information on this summit, click here


ARMA Induction Course

The aim of the workshop is to provide research administrators who are new to role with a broad overview of key aspects of the research administration role.

Most importantly the workshop will provide research administrators with an appreciation of the context they work in, both in terms of national research policy and how their role fits within their own institution.

By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Have a clearer understanding of the relevant policy, legislative and funding
    frameworks relating to research and research administration in the HE sector.
  • Have an appreciation of the academic researcher’s agenda in doing research.
  • Know where they fit in the research lifecycle and who they need to work with to get
    the job done.
  • Have a broad overview of the key aspects of the research administration role,
    especially in relation to developing and costing proposals, administering the project
    during its lifetime and participating in REF, audit and statutory returns.

Target Audience

This one-day workshop is aimed at research administrators with a maximum of 12 months experience in university schools, faculties, research centres /institutes and central offices.

Prior Knowledge Required

Those new to research administration will gain a good overview of the core elements of research administration and will be equipped with the basic ‘body of expertise’ needed to carry out their roles. Those with a little more experience will be able to consolidate their knowledge and explore how different elements of research administration across the research lifecycle are linked.

ARMA member fee: £225 + VAT

Non-member fee: £350 + VAT

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Lower and Middle Income Countries Research Management Workshop: Professionalisation of Research Management and Administration in a Developing Country Context

This Workshop is now fully subscribed and closed for bookings.

Workshop on the Professionalisation of Research Management and Administration in low and middle income countries (LMICs) context: a one day workshop is envisaged to build on the success of the similar event at the INORMS2016 in Melbourne and is specifically focusing on key competencies for research managers and administrators in different contexts in LMICs. The workshop will including various components, including panels, presentations, group and facilitated discussions.  It is sponsored by the ESSENCE on Health Research initiative hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA).

For further details on our pre-congress workshops, contact us on and we’ll be pleased to help!