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  • 16 May 2017 12:42 PM | Emma Lythgoe (Administrator)

    EARMA Professional Recognition Award 2017

    The EARMA Professional Recognition Award is made by EARMA to an individual who, in the opinion of the EARMA Board, has made an outstanding contribution to the research management and administration profession.

    The recipient of the 2017 EARMA Professional Recognition Award is

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    Dr Seán McCarthy

    Dr Seán McCarthy is the Managing Director of Hyperion Ltd based in Watergrasshill, Co. Cork in Ireland. Seán has been involved in all aspects of European Research since 1980. He has been active as a researcher, research manager and research group leader.

    For more than 25 years Seán has supported research organisations design and implement their European Research Strategies.

    Seán, building on both his personal experience as a researcher and his extensive knowledge of Europe and European research programmes, has been providing cutting edge training at all levels in research performing organisations from directors through managers to researchers in all aspects of European research.

    This award recognises the particular contribution Seán has made to supporting research managers and administrators in their day to day professional lives through his training, advice, unstinting helpfulness, openness, and his vast  knowledge and understanding of the European project.

    About EARMA

    EARMA is the professional association for research administrators and managers in Europe. Research managers and administrators are key players in research, and the profession is a fundamental component of the complete research process. EARMA is active in developing the research support profession through the provision of internationally recognised professional qualifications. Through the strength of its members, EARMA is a trusted partner in European research policy development.

    The Secretary
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    B-1000 Brussels,
    © EARMA 2017

  • 12 May 2017 9:29 AM | Emma Lythgoe (Administrator)

    Your feedback matters

    We would like to thank you for joining us in Malta and hope you enjoyed the conference. Your feedback matters so we would be most grateful if you would take a few mintues of your time to fill in the evaluation questionnaire.

    EARMA Conference 2017 - Feedback and Evaluation Questionnaire Your Feedback Matters

  • 09 May 2017 3:18 PM | Emma Lythgoe (Administrator)
    The 2017 conference presentations available now!

    The presentations from the 23rd Annual EARMA Conference Malta, April 24th-26th 2017 can be found here:

    Annual Conference Presentations

  • 02 May 2017 8:55 AM | Nik Claesen (Administrator)

    John Donovan is stepping down as the chairperson of EARMA after his maximum term of four years is up. EARMA wants to thank John for his excellent leadership of the organisation! To say it in his words: 'It has been a blast'.

    Dr. Sean McCarthy has compiled the video below as his special thanks to John, enjoy!

  • 25 Apr 2017 7:34 AM | Emma Lythgoe (Administrator)

    Making European Research Stronger

    The European Framework Research Programme is one of the major success stories of the European Project. It promotes scientific excellence, international cooperation and research cohesion at a scale unmatched by any other programme in the world addressing research problems beyond the scope and capability of any single country.

    To build on this success and to enhance Europe’s role as a research powerhouse, the Union must:

           Maintain ‘Excellence’ as the most important selection criterion across all of H2020 and into FP9;

           Enhance the trustworthiness and transparency of the evaluation process;

           Implement mechanisms to address the low success rates which are raising participation costs and reducing the attractiveness of the programme;

           Address today’s global challenges which need the involvement of a wide variety of disciplines, including those that investigate humans, their culture, history, values and behaviour and which must also be reflected in research agendas;

           Substantially increase the funding allocation to both the ERC and MSCA programmes;

           Incentivise participation of all countries in the European Research Area (ERA) without compromising excellence in any way;

           Invest in frontier-led and collaborative, cross-border research, and maximise its impact on the citizens’ social, economic and cultural well-being across all areas of H2020 and FP9;

           Develop a more sophisticated and nuanced definition of ‘impact’ and an enriched and broadened definition of ‘innovation’. Apply the definitions consistently and appropriately, reflecting the differences between project types and durations;

           Further support open science ensuring benefits for society;

           Continue the process of simplification to reduce administrative barriers for all participants;

    Our associations remain fully committed, individually and collectively, to engage in dialogue with the Commission on these and other issues.

  • 11 Apr 2017 2:12 PM | Emma Lythgoe (Administrator)

    EARMA statement on CEU and St Petersburg

    Recent decisions in Hungary and Russia suggest that Governments are using legislation to curtail the academic freedoms of Universities. Of particular concern are;

    • The recent Hungarian Higher Education Law restricting the rights of the existing legally established Central European University to continue to operate in Hungary.
    • The recent decision by the State Education Regulator to withdraw the license of The European University (a private university) operating in St Petersburg.

    Both of these universities operated in the correct legal frameworks established and maintain that they still do so. In both cases there is the appearance of a politically motivated desire to close them down.

    While every university, like every other citizen, should operate within the law. Fashioning the law, or 'interpreting' the law to achieve unjust ends is not acceptable and in these cases, the restrictions on universities to be open educators with the freedom to teach, research and engage is particularly worrisome.


    For the benefit of their students and the societies they operate in universities must continue to be free to pursue their objectives.

  • 10 Apr 2017 6:00 PM | Emma Lythgoe (Administrator)

    Documents for the Annual General Assembly, Monday the 24th of April 2017

    Please find below the links to the documents for the Annual General Assembly to be held on Monday the 24th of April 2017 at 17:00, in the Republic Hall at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Malta.

    All the documents are available on the EARMA website, and will not be distributed physically at the conference, so please bring your own copy. 

    We look forward to seeing you in Malta!

    On behalf of the EARMA Board

    John Donovan, EARMA Chair

  • 20 Feb 2017 11:20 AM | Emma Lythgoe (Administrator)

    EARMA General Assembly 24th April 2017 Malta 17.00 – 18.00

    According to the statutes article 11.1.1 the Board announces the Annual General Assembly (AGA) 2017 to be held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre on the 24th of April 2017 from 17:00 until 18:00 CET.

    This announcement includes calls for;

    The Chair, the Treasurer and one ordinary Board members (and up to two substitutes),

    1. Internal Auditors, (1)
    2. For the hosting of the Annual Conference 2019
    3. By-laws
    4. Proposals for the General Assembly:

    According to the statutes, GA documents shall be available with at least 14 days’ notice. That means that the deadline for proposals shall be received by the Board not later than 3rd April 2017 to be published on the website by the 10th of April 2017.

    All communications, suggestions and applications shall be sent to the Board: – not later than 3rd April 2017.

    Please follow the guidelines set forth in the EARMA General Assembly Agenda.

  • 08 Feb 2017 1:22 PM | Emma Lythgoe (Administrator)

    EARMA Call for Professional Trainer of Trainers1

    8 February 2017

    EARMA represents the community of Research Managers and Administrators (RM&As) in Europe. 

    EARMA, in association with its sister professional associations, through its professional development programme promotes the continuous career enhancement, progression and professionalisation of its members. EARMA, has the mission of bringing the research administration and management profession to a European recognized standard.

    As part of its improvement of services for its certification programme, EARMA is currently looking to improve the quality of the delivery of workshops to ensure effective training sessions. As part of this, we are inviting bids from Facilitation experts (Trainer of Trainers). 

    EARMA´s Overall Goals for securing the quality of the training are:

    1. Secure consistency across all workshops, webinars and other activities
    2. Secure consistency defined learning outcomes for the different modules
    3. Secure consistency between what is delivered and expected during the activities in the modules and how the students are assessed
    4. Improve mutual learning and understanding between organisers, different presenters as well as assessors.
    5. Improve the quality of learning techniques and secure active student involvement
    6. Report to EARMA´s Professional Development work group regarding progress and issues.

    We require the successful bidder to demonstrate the ability to meet the challenge to train experienced trainers.

    It is envisaged that the train the trainers workshop will be delivered in Brussels in May 2017 with the possibility that the workshop could be run again.

    Each tender should specify the following:

    • Description of Services to be delivered
    • Price for the design of the framework for training the trainers.
    • Price for the delivery and preparation of the train the trainers workshop

    The content of the framework will be owned by EARMA.

    Any previous experience of working for a membership association or similar organisation would be desirable.

    The tender shall be sent to by the 1st of March 2017 and you are welcome to contact Ragnar Lie, Chair of the Professional Development work group for additional information.

    For the EARMA Board

    John Donovan

    Call for Trainer of Trainers 2017.pdf

    1 This call may be subject to change – if you want to be updated on the call-text send a mail to

  • 26 Jan 2017 11:42 AM | Emma Lythgoe (Administrator)

    Announcement to members from John

    I am delighted to announce that Mr Nik Claesen will commence as EARMA’s Managing Director on 1st March 2017. Nik has been recruited following a highly competitive open advertisement. This is a really exciting time for EARMA and Nik’s appointment will enable EARMA to deliver on its strategy and take the organisation on to the next stage of its development.

    Nik has a wealth of experience of both EARMA and research management and administration. Many of you may already know Nik from the EARMA organisation, his work on the Professional development working group and the COST BESTPRAC network. Nik has been the manager of the European Liaison Office of Brussel University (VUB) for the past 6 years and worked as a bid consultant at the Programme Management Office of Imperial College in 2015.

    I’m sure you’ll join the EARMA board and I in wishing Nik every success in this new and challenging role. I look forward to introducing Nik to you all personally at the EARMA general assembly in Malta on 24th April.

    John Donovan
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