EARMA and BESTPRAC came together November 25 and 26, 2020, to host an exciting first-time venture. This joint virtual meeting received 950 registrations.

BESTPRAC was started in 2014 as a COST Targeted Network that gathers administrative, financial and legal staff at universities and research-driven institutions who are carrying out different tasks to support transnational external competition based (in particular EU funded) research projects.

The phenomenal success of this event comes on the back of the two organisations’ agreement to work together for a year as part of a mutually agreed pilot of one year.

People from all across Europe, with some international guests, joined us for the live sessions.

We were delighted to host a fascinating array of speakers sharing their experience, including three guest speakers from the European Commission who were happy to answer the many questions from our inquisitive attendees.

This event was a great opportunity to learn and reflect on the current state of play regarding research management and administration in Europe, including the impact of the recent unprecedented public health situation.

EARMA was very pleased to be a part of this initiative and we look forward to hosting more events with our friends at BESTPRAC during 2021.

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Presentations from the BESTPRAC and EARMA event can be viewed below.

Day 1

The legal challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on the administrative management and EU funded projects at ZRC SAZU, Martina Jug and Tina Mihelic, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), Slovenia

The financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on implementation of EU funded projects, Dr. Wolfram Reineck, Medical University Innsbruck, Austria

Getting Ready for Horizon Europe, Dr. Seán McCarthy, Hyperion Ltd.

Establishing and formalizing data management, Anja Mertinkat, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), Austria

Building RDM Communities at the VU Amsterdam, Lena Karvovskaya, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Responsible Research and Innovation from the eyes of an Evaluator, Pierantonios Papazoglou, Climate and Atmosphere Research Center (CARE-C), The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus

A Push for more Gender Equality in Horizon Europe: a role for RMAs?, Elke Dall, Centre for Social Innovation, Austria

Day 2

Novelties in Horizon Europe – Potential implications for financial management for beneficiaries, Per Inge Andresen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Managing a mixed portfolio of H2020 and HEU projects, Per Inge Andresen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Audit procedures in Horizon Europe, Vanessa Ravagni, University of Trento, Italy

Horizon Europe – main changes compared to Horizon 2020, Peter Härtwich, European Commission, DG RTD

Widening and ERA in Horizon Europe, Stijn Delauré and Stefan Weiers, European Commission, DG RTD

EU Support Team at Ghent University, Dr. Dirk De Craemer, Ghent University, Belgium

Centre for EU projects at University of Rijeka, Natasa Jakominic Marot, University of Rijeka, Croatia

Research Support at Fraunhofer ISE, Sandrin Saile, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany

Who are the Professionals at the Interface of Science?, Cristina Oliveira, NOVA FCSH, Portugal and Margarida Trindade, ITQB NOVA, Portugal