DARMA News are written by the DARMA President and the board. It contains brief updates on topics considered of relevance to the DARMA members. News usually cover ongoing activities in the Board, news from the special interest groups, reflections on recent workshops and seminars, activities in sister societies etc.

  • 23 Dec 2020 12:13 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    News from the DARMA President - with a look back on 2020 and what to come in 2021

    2020 has been different to anything we have tried before due to the lockdown of the entire world. Yet, it is my impression that most of us has been busier than ever and I hope this news mail finds you well.

    This will be the last news mail from me this year and I will look back at 2020 and glimpse into what will come in 2021.

    A lookback on 2020

    The DARMA board has held six board meetings in 2020. Two were held in person and the rest were held online. I believe it worked out well and that we have accomplished a lot this year. I want to thank the board for their dedication and great work. If you are curious about what was on the agenda and what was discussed, you can see it online on darma.dk/boardmeetings. This is also where you find the dates for our future meetings.

    As most other things, DARMA also had to shift from in-person meetings to online meetings. Our annual meeting was substituted by three webinars. These and information from past meetings can be found online on darma.dk/annual-meetings.

    Our General Assembly was also digital, and it worked well under the circumstances. More than 100 members cast their vote and 2019 report and the plan for 2020 was approved, and new board members were elected.

     I am very happy to see the activities in our Special Interest Groups. At the moment we have five active groups. These are: Staff Management in RMA (for members who are personnel managers), Data and Automation, Impact, Private Foundations and RMA at small institutions, and you can keep informed and sign up to the SIGs via the links on darma.dk/sig. And I have been contacted about the formation of a SIG for members who has taken the EARMA Certificate in Research Management, let me know if you want to join and we will setup the network.

    DARMA has announced almost 40 events during 2020. Some were DARMA events, others event by our sister societies. I want to thank the members and board members who stepped up and shared their knowledge. Keep informed about what is happening by visiting darma.dk/events or use the RSS-feed. 

    In 2019 DARMA announced 122 job openings relevant to Research Managers and Administrators. Check out darma.dk/jobs for current openings. Right now, nine job offers are still open for applications. Also remember that whether you are actively seeking or just want to stay informed about what happens on the job market in our profession you can subscribe to news about openings by signing up to the automatic mail. Just click the "Subscribe to forum" link at the top of the list.

    What happens in RMA? We still use the webpage for announcing News from the board and the Blog for announcement that can be commented on or shared by members. In 2020 you could read about the consequences of COVID-19, about ethics support and review in research, the largest Danish funders, a benchmarking on EU institutional research offices, the Chan Zuckerberg initiative, a book review, the discussion on overhead from private foundations where DARMA with much care was cited and much more we believed would be of relevance if you work in RMA. We also used the LinkedIn group as a forum for news and discussion. Sign up and join the discussions if you haven't already.

    What to expect of 2021

    We obviously do not know exactly how the world will look in the future, but we are still going strong and plan events for the year to come.

    The DARMA Strategy Working group was formed in 2020. The group consists of 17 members representing very well the variety of DARMA's membership population. The group consists of members with long experience and members who are new to the profession, members working in both pre-award and post-award, members from both public and private organisations such as universities, university colleges, hospitals, foundations. Right now, the group is at the analysing stages. We have divided into three subgroups: 1. The future of the profession, 2. Membership composition and career development and 3. Member-driven initiatives and Knowledge sharing. The next step is to meet in the beginning of next year and present our findings and decide our suggestions for the way forward for DARMA. The plan is to come up with a suggestion for a DARMA strategy that will be approved by the board and the members.

    The course Introduction to RMA is planned to be held in person in November 2021. It is already fully subscribed but you can join the waitlist and the board is looking into other ways of onboarding those who are new in the profession. Keep informed ondarma.dk/introkursus

    We still plan to host webinars, master classes and other online knowledge sharing activities. Keep an eye out for information on our homepage and LinkedIn page and contact the board if you have ideas for topics to be addressed. Stay informed via darma.dk/events 

    We know already that the EARMA and INORMS Conferences will be held online. SRAI annual meeting is planned to be held in New Orleans in November 2021 unless the pandemic still prevents that. Keep updated on Sister societies on the DARMA homepage.

    The DARMA 2021 annual meeting and General Assembly are planned to be held online. But if it is allowed and safe, we do plan to host a "DARMA party" in the early autumn which allow us to network IRL like we used to do and probably all miss very much.

    Get involved. This year the DARMA board has been supported by DARMA members in the annual meeting working group and the strategy working group. This is very valuable, as it makes DARMA able to do more. It builds network and makes sure we hear the voices of the members. I value that very much. I still invite everyone to write to me or the board when you have input or ideas you would like to bring to the board or if you want to volunteer for a specific task. You can reach me on president@darma.dk, Marianne on kasserer@darma.dk and the board in general on darma@darma.dk. If you need arguments for volunteering look at http://darma.dk/volunteer for inspiration.

    I will end this newsletter by thanking all the volunteers who has stepped up supporting DARMA's activities whether it being as a board member, heading a SIG, participating in a working group or sharing their knowledge in an online event. Also, a big thank you to the members who has attended our events and been active in our online discussion forums. This is it takes for DARMA to be an association of value and exchange of best practice.

    I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. 

    Kind regards,

    Annedorte Vad, DARMA President
    Danish Association of Research Managers and Administrators, DARMA

  • 11 Dec 2020 11:55 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    Do you have extensive experience or expertise in managing Chinese R&D collaborations - and want to speak to a journalist writing an article on the topic please contact me 

    I have been contacted by one of the reporters at Research Professional News who has previously written about EU-China research collaboration and the special considerations it can entail. Now he is looking to speak to research managers with extensive experience or expertise in managing Chinese R&D collaborations. This would be for an educational feature article, sharing best practices and cautionary tales to compliment the ever-growing array of guidelines on the topic. Let me know if you want to pitch in and I will forward the contact information.




  • 08 Dec 2020 22:48 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    Fundats.dk har taget emnet omkring OH op og DARMA har givet sit besyv med. Artiklen kræver et login men kan ses på: 

    Indirekte omkostninger er stadig en øm tå i fondes forskningsfinansiering | Fundats

  • 06 Nov 2020 07:58 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    Mangler du et overblik over de største fonde og hvor mange penge, de bevilger? Så har Fondenes Videnscenter netop offentliggjort en oversigt, der giver svaret.


  • 03 Nov 2020 13:42 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    A report on the effects of COVID-19 on research has now been made publicly available via a landing page at Springer Nature’s website.  Attached is a summary version.

    The key findings of our report focus on three areas of the research enterprise: research production, research information and research funding.

    • We found that universities, funders and others are reacting to the pandemic in three phases: they mobilised resources in the immediate term; they developed tactical responses to stabilise operations and navigate the new situation; and they are now called on to design strategies to emerge stronger after COVID-19.
    • The report provides a preliminary assessment of a still unfolding crisis, meaning that institutions may move backwards and forwards through these phases.
    • We have identified key priorities for each of the three areas, to protect research capacity, to support the transition to open science, and to secure research funding for the long term.
    • We recognise the interconnectedness of these issues and it will be the role of governments, policymakers, institutions and other stakeholders to address the three priorities identified in our study.

    Please feel free to share the report and findings with your networks, and join in the social media commentary, which will be initiated by @SpringerNature and @rschconsulting.

    Springer Nature will be providing the report to the Commons Science & Technology Committee’s current inquiry into the role of research and innovation in the recovery from COVID-19. 

    There is also a parallel US study that was released last week, which is also available at the Springer Nature site.

  • 27 Oct 2020 12:25 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    NEWS from INORMS Research Evaluation Working Group (REWG): Evaluate responsibly by using SCOPE

    The Senior Manager Briefings sub-group have developed a five-stage process for evaluating research responsibly, called ‘SCOPE’. 

    The following resources are available on SCOPE:

    • A blog post outlining the SCOPE process
    • A five-minute video introducing the SCOPE process
    • A one-page high-level overview of the SCOPE process.

    The Briefings group has also created:

    • Five arguments to persuade HE Leaders to evaluate research responsibly

    For more information, see the INORMS REWG webpage: https://inorms.net/activities/research-evaluation-working-group/. Here you can sign up for news from REWG, and you will also find translations of core materials into other languages, including Danish.

    Any feedback you may have on this work can be emailed to either INORMS-RES-EVAL@jiscmail.ac.uk (if you are a member) or directly to the Briefings Sub-Group leader, Laura Himanen, on laura.himanen@tuni.fi. You are also welcome to get in touch with DARMA’s local member of REWG Lone Bredahl Jensen on lbredahl@bib.sdu.dk.

  • 14 Oct 2020 12:12 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    Rating the Rankers!

    Initial findings from an international research evaluation working group suggests that the organisations behind university world rankings merit some scrutiny themselves.

    Looking at six of the largest and most influential world university rankings, members of the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) Research Evaluation Working Group used their five-step process called SCOPE to assess them on a number of community-developed criteria centred around good governance, transparency, measuring what matters and rigour.

    The group found that while most of the ranking organisations made some efforts towards good governance, there were clear weaknesses in terms of declaring conflicts of interest.

    The rankers’ aims and methods were generally transparent, although this was not necessarily borne out by others’ ability to replicate the data, data availability or financial transparency.

    Most rankings underperformed when it came to measuring what matters, all failing to tailor their offer to different audiences and showing unfair bias to some groups. Finally, university rankings, which are most criticised for their methodological invalidity, generally scored very poorly when it came to implementing rigorous methods.

    Convenor of the INORMS Research Evaluation Working Group, Dr Lizzie Gadd, said: “there is clearly work to be done here, and we hope that our rating clearly highlights what needs to be done and by whom. The world university rankings currently fail to meet community expectations around fair, meaningful, and responsible evaluation. We hope that this work will provide ranking organisations, and those that rely on them for decision-making, an opportunity to reflect and reconsider their approach.”

    For further information, Rethinking the rankings, a blogpost by Lizzie Gadd and Richard Holmes can be found on the ARMA website at https://arma.ac.uk/rethinking-the-rankings/

    Contact Lizzie Gadd at e.a.gadd@lboro.ac.uk, Twitter: @lizziegadd

    For further information on INORMS, visit www.inorms.net.

  • 01 Oct 2020 09:28 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    All presenters will receive a 20% discount on their conference registration.

    Please review the Proposal Submission Information and Presenter Rules of Engagement before submitting your session proposal.

    ***Sessions will be recorded December 7, 2020 - January 31, 2021.***

    Submit your proposal here: https://www.ncura.edu/Education/MeetingsConferences/ProposalSubmission.aspx

  • 16 Sep 2020 14:39 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    Our friends at the African Academy of Sciences have asked us to help promote some consulting opportunities:

  • 11 Sep 2020 12:03 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    I have received a book for reviewing. The book is written by our Canadian Colleague Karen E. Mosier and addresses the soft skills needed to succeed in an office job.

    I had never thought of this a needed written topic. But upon reading the book I do see some good advise on skills and interpersonal engagement that perhaps we just take for granted  but certainly are needed to secure a good working environment. If you don't read people or situations well this book will come in very handy. The book is aimed to help career success for professionals who are new or in their Mid- or late-career. Some of the advise are very 'North American' and does not apply to our Danish setting others are world wide recognized good manners that will help your career success.

    This book is targeted to office professionals whether they are new, mid-career or late-career employees. What most new employees lack today are soft skills. Soft skills are not like hard skills, such as typing, writing, or how to use software programs which are more commonly taught. Often overlooked, soft skills such as fostering good interoffice relationships, implementing good communication strategies, practicing effective email communication, being aware of your nonverbal communication, developing a thorough work plan, and perfecting your time management skills are just as vital for career success. Mid-career and late-career employees, although successful in their careers, may have never learned more advanced soft skills such as developing meaningful relationships at work, maintaining a work life balance, being a leader in the workplace, and leaving a legacy.

    Readers of this book will gain a new understanding of not only the importance of soft skills in the workplace, but they will learn about effective strategies and practical examples that they can implement in their own workplace, to empower them to be successful in their job and develop deeper, more meaningful relationships with their colleagues. 

    Soft Skills and Professional Tips for the Office by Karen Mosier may be ordered via amazon or the publisher's website:




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