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.

  • 22 May 2018 07:44 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    DARMA's Årsmøde 2018 blev afholdt torsdag og fredag i sidste uge med lidt over 100 deltagere. I løbet af de kommende dage vil oplæg og materiale blive lagt på konferencens webside. Et fotoalbum fra konferencen findes her...

    Så er der to åbne stillinger på DARMA.dk:

  • 15 Oct 2017 23:06 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    As the darkness of autumn is slowly approaching, many things are going on on the world of research support. Here is a brief summary:

    • Impact workshop: the presentation and handouts from the Westensee workshop on impact with Julie Bayley from Coventry University, UK, held at SDU in Odense on 11 October, are now available for members at the Impact workshop page...
    • EARMA Conference: The deadline for topic submissions to the EARMA Annual Conference 2018 in Brussels, Belgium, has been extended, and is now 3 November. Read more at EARMA's conference website...
    • There are four new jobs to apply for, one at the IT University and three at SDU. Check out the job ads here...
    And if anyone missed it in the last update, the documents from the SFU-DARMA application workshop on 11 September are available to members here... It's relevant for most of DARMA's members, and feedback would be very welcome. Also, the NCURA Magazine issue, The Magic of Metrics, is recommended as Autumn Break reading, available only to DARMA members.
  • 18 Sep 2017 22:50 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    Winter is coming, as they say, and most of us are back in the treadmill. I hope all DARMA members had a good, relaxing summer vacation, even though the weather left a lot to be wished for. I had a nice hike in the Sarek Mountains in northernmost Sweden in August (see some photos here...) and we got out just barely ahead of the first real snow storm. Unfortunately, I also caught some bacteria and went down hard with unpleasant infections and was on sick leave until last week. I will spare you the gory details and just say that the recovery is going somewhat slowly, and I may one day catch up with the wall of mail that was waiting for me, or not...

    My first full day back at work was Monday, September 11th, this fateful date, which was also when the Ministry of Higher Education and Science (UFM), the Agency for Science and Education (SFU), and DARMA held a workshop on "Current themes in research funding and proposals". At the request of UFM/SFU, the number of participants was limited and small, but a report and the presentations from the meeting will be published here within the next days. It is my intention to follow up on the interesting themes from the workshop with DARMA events where broader participation is possible.

    Talking about DARMA events: the next Westensee workshop is now open for registration. The theme is the ever-popular "Impact in research" and Hanne Dahl Mortensen has followed up on her visit to Kent University in the UK (read about it in Hanne's DARMA Blog post here...) and invited Julie Bayley, one of the UK's top impact experts, to offer a hands-on workshop for DARMA members. The workshop takes place on October 11th at SDU in Odense, and I hope many DARMA members will take this unique opportunity. Participation is free of charge – for DARMA members...

    You have hopefully noticed that DARMA's popular "Kursus for forskningsadministratorer" is offered 15-17 November this year, and that it, too, is open for registration. Please share this information with all friends and colleagues who might be interested – it's very easy using the social media icons on the event page.

    More events are in the pipeline, and will be announced here.

    Finally, the Job Openings page is continually updated, and currently there are three very interesting ads open, among them one for a Legal Officer at Copenhagen University's EU Office. Keep sending you job ads to DARMA, it's the best way to make sure they reach the right people...!

  • 01 Jun 2017 14:58 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    The message below is from NCURA's International Region to DARMA's members:

    Dear Colleagues,

    Is your institution looking for US funding opportunities? And if they do, is your office ready and fit to support them?

    Whether you need an update or are getting ready for looking into US funding opportunities, it might be the right time to start this August and travel to Washington for the largest gathering of research administrators and managers in the US: the National Council of University Research Administrator (NCURA) Annual Meeting from August 6 to 9, 2017.

    And while you are there, take advantage of traveling to Washington for the NCURA Annual Meeting by adding an extra day and enjoying an educational trip to the visit the National Institutes of Health for a dedicated ‘international’ focused program. Michelle Bulls, Director of the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration will be a keynote speaker and provide an update on the international aspects of NIH awards.

    Region VIII members will have this unique opportunity to visit the research facility and participate in discussions that are relevant for non-US institutions. Read the program here.

    An opportunity not to be missed: register for the NIH day on Thursday August 10 (Please note this is a separate website to the Annual Meeting registration.). Early bird registration closes 9 June!

    We are looking forward to seeing you in August!

    The NCURA Region VIIII / International


  • 19 May 2017 11:56 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    On the initiative of EARMA, a number of organizations in Europe has formulated a "postcard" with statements and recommendations on the future of European research. If you agree, please help spreading the postcard text in your own network, on social media and wherever it is appropriate.

    Here is the postcard text in full:

    "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.”

    Link to the postcard on EARMA's website...

  • 15 Mar 2017 15:20 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    Der er nu åbnet for registrering til DARMA's Årsmøde 2017, der afholdes 4–5. maj i Nyborg. Formatet er det samme som sidste år, dvs. mødet afholdes fra frokost til frokost og årets generalforsamling afholdes lige før mødet begynder.

    Programmet er ikke helt på plads endnu, da vi forsøgte noget ambitiøst, der ikke gik helt som ønsket, men de sidste punkter skulle være på plads før ugen er til ende.

    Tilmelding sker fra konferencens annonce-side og programmet og alt materiale (oplæg, rapporter, weblinks mv.) vil ligge på konference-siden inde på websitet (annonce-siden arkiveres nemlig og vil blive usynlig efter konferencen).

  • 22 Dec 2016 09:18 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    Vi er i fuld gang med planlægningen af en studietur til München den 8-10 marts 2017, som arrangeres i et samarbejde med Innovation Centre Denmark, i München. DARMA-medlemmer, der er interesseret i, at deltage, kan allerede nu melde interesse.

    Læs mere om studieturen...

  • 22 Dec 2016 08:58 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    Alle oplæggene fra workshoppen med DARMA og Innovationsfonden, der blev afholdt d. 7. december 2016, kan nu downloades fra workshop-siden (kun adgang for DARMA-medlemmer), hvor man også kan se fotos fra arrangementet, der i følge evalueringerne var en succes. 

  • 27 Oct 2016 11:22 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    On November 22nd 2016, Aarhus University, the Danish Think Tank DEA, and the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation will be hosting a debate conference on how Danish universities can better access the benefits offered by international recruitment.

    International recruitment is a matter of attracting the best talent worldwide – Danish or not – and promoting a dynamic workforce at the universities by opening up faculty positions to international competition. This exposes Danish researchers to what it takes to compete with the best performers internationally.

    Participation in the conference is free; read more here...

  • 27 Oct 2016 11:19 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    Kom til temadag på SDU om Open Science og bliv klogere på de udfordringer og muligheder vores forskere mødes med.

    Hvad er Open Access? Hvordan lever forskerne op til fondenes krav? Hvad er data management – og hvorfor er det vigtigt? Hvem kan hjælpe forskerne med at navigere i en Open agenda?

    Det forsøger vi at besvare med hjælp fra dygtige folk fra nær og fjern, og fra jer! Dagen (16. november, gratis at deltage) indledes med en række oplæg om centrale emner, og efter frokost er der et antal spor, hvor du har mulighed for at deltage aktivt med spørgsmål og indspark til en spændende diskussion.

    Læs mere her...

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