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  • 19 May 2017 12:21 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    Today it is two weeks since DARMA’s Annual Meeting 2017 concluded in Nyborg. I have spent most of the time since then on vacation in Napoli, Italy, enjoying other pleasures than research management and administration; sunshine and good food.

    This was the second year that DARMA used the venue in Nyborg for its Annual Meeting and the third time with the lunch-to-lunch format. All presentations from the meeting are available online at the conference page.

    Almost half of the Annual Meeting delegates have evaluated the meeting, and at present – the evaluation is still not closed – ratings are on average very good to excellent. Input from the members is very important, so if you did attend the meeting, but still have not submitted your evaluation, you can do so until the end of this month. 

    It is the Board’s intention to optimize networking opportunities and provide a varied and engaging program. For example, the Funders’ Forum and Hot Topic discussions seems to be working well, and will be repeated next year.

    DARMA's Annual Meeting 2018 will be on 17-18 May 2018 at Hotel Sinatur Store Bælt in Nyborg, so you can reserve the date in your calendar already now! It is DARMA's 10th anniversary, and you don't want to miss it!

    Immediately before the Annual Meeting, DARMA’s General Assembly was held, where the main item was the election of new board members. Karam Sidaros is stepping down as Treasurer of the Association – he has done a tremendous job and I cannot express how much I appreciate his effort – and Marianne Gauffriau was elected as DARMA’s new treasurer. Marianne has been on the board for two years, and a better choice could hardly have been made.

    Two or three new board members were also elected: Jane Tymm-Andersen of Aalborg University and Nicolaj Toft Brenneche of Copenhagen University are new in the board, and Stine Wendelboe Bjorholm is sort of new. You see, Stine was on the board, but changed jobs in 2016 and stepped down from the board, but found out that research support is the better career path and came back, ran for a second term on DARMA’s board and was elected. All three will soon be presented in more detail to the members.

    As always, DARMA members showed a strong presence at the EARMA Annual Conference in Valletta, Malta at the end of April. John Donovan stepped down as Chair, and the Treasurer, Sharon Bailey was elected new Chair of EARMA. I know Sharon very well, and EARMA has made an excellent choice. Sharon will be assisted by EARMA’s new Managing Director, Nik Claesen, and EARMA can definitely look forward to very interesting developments in the coming years.

    Á propos EARMA:

    First, EARMA has written a “postcard” on the future of European research together with a number of other organizations. This postcard text is cited on DARMA’s web pages too; if you agree (and personally, I find it hard to disagree), please feel free to share the postcard text in your own networks.

    Second, remember that EARMA has an instrument named Open Lecture Access Forums, or OLAF. An OLAF makes it possible to invite a presenter at an EARMA event to come and repeat the presentation – possibly an extended version – at your institution. OLAF’s have been held in many countries – Spain, Italy, Iceland, Ireland and even the US – but never in Denmark. Check out the OLAF page at EARMA’s web and think about if you shouldn't organize an OLAF...

    Finally, I want to point out that DARMA’s job ads can be shared on social media; check out the buttons/links in the upper left margin of each job ad. I write this because SDU recently added three job ads, and I shared them, resulting in well over 600 separate views from 15 countries in last three days.! The second reason I write this is that almost nobody is using this option. If you want to promote a job or help your institution attract the best applicants, you may wish to consider using this very simple way to get much, much more exposure.

    So there. Now I will go to my office's spring party, and enjoy the first summer-like weekend this year. I hope I will not regret writing this about the weather, and wish all of DARMA’s members a very pleasant weekend!


  • 23 Apr 2017 08:14 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    Early Sunday morning: After a short, brisk walk through a sunny, but ice-cold Odense, I am now on my way to the EARMA Conference in Malta. The past weeks – or months – have been very busy both at work and in the private life, for both good and bad reasons. One example of how things sometimes get an unexpected twist is what happened last Friday before Easter: 

    In the afternoon, I was in a telemeeting with the governing body of INORMS, the Council. The main task for that meeting was to decide where the INORMS Conference should be held in 2020. Two competing bids had been submitted, one from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) together with the South African and the Brazilian associations, and one from the Research Manager and Administrator Network – Japan (RMAN-J). ACU suggested that the conference should be held in Cape Town, South Africa, and RMAN-J’s bid was for Hiroshima in Japan.

    Just as we were discussing the two bids, Facebook messages saying, “I’m safe” started popping up on my screen, all of them from friends in Stockholm. At first I had no idea what was going on, but quickly realized there had been a terrorist attack in central Stockholm. In very few minutes, it also became clear that my cousin Martin, and several other friends were at the scene. Martin, who works as a TV and radio reporter had seen the attack from a bus, jumped of, and ran towards the crashed truck, but stopping to do CPR on several victims on the way. You may have seen him on TV.

    Back to the INORMS meeting, which became a bit difficult to focus on: After a vote, Hiroshima won the competition, so after Edinburgh next year, INORMS goes to Japan for the first time. Hiroshima won with a narrow margin of votes, 8 to 6, which surprised me, since INORMS was held in Cape Town in 2010, and has never been in Asia. RMAN-J is also a young association, just like DARMA was in 2012, so I am very satisfied with the outcome of the vote.

    As I am heading to the Malta, I would like to point out that EARMA has an instrument, the Open Lecture Access Forum or OLAF (I invented the instrument, but not the name), which offers a possibility to invite presenters from EARMA conferences, and other events, to repeat the session locally, and EARMA pays.  I am very happy that OLAF is becoming very popular, and the latest OLAF was held just a few weeks ago in Bologna, with Sean McCarthy. There has not been any OLAF’s in Denmark, yet.

    DARMA’s General Assembly is quickly approaching, and as no suggestions have been received, the agenda that was published on March 15th remains unchanged. The biggest issue, as I see it, is to elect a new board. There has not exactly been a surge of interest, so I will repeat that we urgently need capable people that are interested in extending their network and experience, and do important work for our profession.

    There are numerous tasks ahead of us in the coming year: the website always needs attention and a loving hand, the association urgently needs a strategy and plan of action, a blog and news editor would fill an important role, the special interest groups would probably benefit from having a coordinator, someone working with membership might be valuable, we do of course need a treasurer, and 2018 marks DARMA’s 10th birthday, which should be celebrated. If you think that any of these issues would be interesting, or if you have ideas of your own, I think you should consider running for a seat on the Board. Remember that you can run in absentia; it is not necessary to attend the General Assembly.

    So, the train is soon arriving in Copenhagen. I will report from the EARMA Conference using Twitter, so if you want to follow what is happening, that is the way.

    Hope to see you in Nyborg in two weeks!



  • 23 Mar 2017 09:55 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    Et nyligt jobskifte gjorde det desværre nødvendigt for mig at stoppe i DARMA’s bestyrelse før tid. Ganske vist er det stadig i forskningsadministration (så I slipper ikke helt for mig), men der er nye fagområder at sætte sig ind i og nye opgaver, så der er ikke rigtig tid og overskud til at lægge den nødvendige tid i bestyrelsesarbejdet.

    Og det var en hård beslutning – for det har været tre gode år.

    Jeg havde nok ikke troet, at det ville bidrage så meget til min faglighed at sidde i bestyrelsen. Det lyder måske lidt fjollet, når det nu er en faglig bestyrelse, men nogle gange er bestyrelsesarbejde mere organisatorisk end fagligt. Det er det selvfølgelig også indimellem i DARMA bestyrelsen, men diskussionerne om nye arrangementer, strukturer etc. bliver også til en slags metarefleksion over eget arbejde og professionens udvikling. Og nogle gange bliver det også en diskussion om udviklingsbehovene for ledere og medarbejdere. De diskussioner glemmer vi let i hverdagen – og de er især svære at få på tværs af institutioner.

    Så vær med til at arrangere Bruxelles turen, så du kan præge programmet; sid med behandlingen af rejsestipendierne, så du hører om alle de spændende ting kollegerne rundt omkring arbejder med, og kast dine kræfter ind i udviklingen af DARMA’s strategi og professionens udvikling.

    Der er selvfølgelig det helt banale, at man får et stort netværk. Engang imellem bliver netværk et mål i sig selv, hvilket er lidt noget pjat. Her er det et reelt netværk, fordi man mødes mange gange og samarbejder om ting, griner af ting og om ikke skændes om ting, så i hvert fald diskuterer dem. Man er i tvivl sammen og frustrerede sammen.

    Det gør også bestyrelsen til et fortroligt forum, hvor man kan tage faglige spørgsmål op eller vende udviklingen på egen institution med andre. Igen en privilegeret mulighed, som ikke byder sig til mange andre steder.

    Jeg kan kun anbefale at man prøver kræfter med en tur i DARMA’s bestyrelse. Og selvom man er i starten af sin karriere, så gør det endelig. Det er sundt både for dig og for bestyrelsen. Og gerne nogen uden for København, så vi bliver bredt geografisk repræsenteret – og gerne nogen, som ikke er ledere. Jo bredere bestyrelsen er – jo bedre bliver det.

    Så hvem end der får ”min” plads – så held og lykke – og nyd det! Det tager noget mere end Faktas fem minutter. Men det er det værd.

  • 03 Mar 2017 12:32 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    After two months, the year 2017 begins to settle in, but what a start for a year! I never expected to live in a “post-factual” world, and I honestly think that this expression is as stupid as it is worrying. Working with science and research is the antithesis of “alternative facts”, and the political developments pose threats to our community, too. One small indication of what may come happened the other week. A researcher received a sub-award to a US Federal grant, and for the first time, the foreign component – i.e. the Danish sub-award – will be vetted by the State Dept. after the award decision was made by the funding agency. Trans-Atlantic research collaboration may be entering rough waters.

    Meanwhile, DARMA is preparing for what will hopefully be one of our most active years. The study trip to Copenhagen was just held, and next week, DARMA goes to Munich. The Annual Meeting is coming up – please reserve 4–5th May if you haven’t already. The Board is finalizing the program and hope to publish it and open up for registration next week. We have been trying to realize a suggestion from the members from last year’s annual meeting, but it turns out to be tricky, and takes a lot of time. I had of course hoped to be able to publish the program earlier, but will do so next week.

    The 2017 Annual Meeting will follow the same format as last year, but hopefully be even better, so make sure that you can attend. It will be great, as The Donald would put it.

    On the downside for the Association, two of DARMA’s board members, Stine Bjorholm, and Jakob Feldtfos Christensen have changed jobs, and decided to step down from the Board. Both Stine and Jakob have made significant contributions to the Association, and I would like to extend my sincere and warm thanks for their work, and wish them all the best in their new jobs. We will sorely miss them as board members, but they will still be there as friends.

    This means that there are vacancies in the Board that need to be filled. DARMA is a volunteer organization and very dependent on a dedicated and active board. Being on the board of DARMA has many benefits, and I strongly encourage any member who is interested in extending your network, get involved in exciting activities that promote and develop our profession, and shape the future of the Association, to run for the Board. In addition to the two vacancies, DARMA’s Treasurer, Karam, has reached the end of this term, and is not running for re-election, so we are looking for a new Treasurer, too.

    If you are interested in running for the board, please contact me or any of the board members. We will also write blog posts about being on the board up until the Annual Meeting.

    So I really hope to meet as many of you as possible in Nyborg on 4-5th May, and to welcome several new people to the Board!

  • 09 Dec 2016 14:07 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    A week has passed since the NUAS workshop How to Measure the Value and Quality of Research and Innovation Services in Reykjavik ended. For me, it has been very intense and busy days with a.o. the DARMA-Innovation Fund Denmark workshop, which I will write about in another blog.

    One very important piece of information is that the follow-up NUAS workshop on this theme will be held in Göteborg, Sweden, on 31 August and 1 September 2017. DARMA will organize a Danish workshop for members on this theme during the first half of 2017; details will follow as soon as possible.

    On Day 2 of the NUAS workshop, the results from the previous day’s group efforts was collected and discussed in a plenary session. I have not yet received the presentations from the organizers, and thus only have my own (bad, 1 and 2 are worse than bad, but...) photos of some of the slides, which will have to do for the moment. Please feel free to comment or add to the discussion in the comment field below or directly to me.


    The presentations followed the structure of the working groups, starting with Pre-award theme 1 (internal resources and costs). This group discussed the mission (slide 1), which tools could be used (slide 2), made some remarks on the size of the team (slide 3), and finally suggested some possible metrics (slide 4), which focused on what was not done.

    Pre-award theme 2 (the perspective of those we support) followed, starting out with a brief overview of tasks in pre-award (slide 5) and the goal of their group work (slide 6). This group came up with a shortlist of suggested KPI’s which included the big theme of the plenary session: customer satisfaction surveys (slide 7).

    Pre-award theme 3 (a broader context) was also the group I participated in. We stated that all evaluations/metrics must include input, process and output, not just one of them (e.g. output as in amount or number of awards), and that quantitative indicators cannot stand alone– qualitative aspects must be included (slide 8). Some examples of possible metrics were presented, among them recruitment of high-potentials (slide 9) and linking researchers (slide 10).

    In the discussion, it was re-emphasized that the input-process-output logic is necessary and that consistent, coherent and reliable data is a prerequisite if comparing between universities is an objective. This brought up that it is crucial to decide to what purpose the metrics are going to be used. If this is not decided beforehand, the risk of creating perverse incentives is considerable.


    Results from the post-award groups were then presented, and I did not catch all the slides, but here are some of the main conclusions:

    • Theme 1 – Impact of processes; what could be worked with (slide 11)
    • Theme 2 (user perspective) – went very much on user satisfaction (slide 12)
    • Theme 3 (broader context) – satisfaction surveys figure again, but also a number of suggested KPI’s (slide 13)
    • Customer satisfaction got its own slide; how-to (slide 14)
    • Start-up meetings was another theme addressed separately (slide 15)


    The plenary session was finished with a presentation from the groups working with innovation. Since innovation and tech-trans is not a core focus of DARMA, I will not summarize that discussion, but all the presentations, including the innovation slides, will be made available on DARMA’s web pages as soon as the association receives them from the NUAS organizers.

  • 01 Dec 2016 18:52 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    The first day of the NUAS workshop How to Measure the Value and Quality of Research and Innovation Services in Reykjavik just ended. The input from DARMA's members has been extremely useful – thank you to all, please keep the comments coming! It is still too early to make any general conclusions – we have been divided into working groups, and I only know what went down in the one I participated in – but you can follow the day somewhat through my tweets from today. Here is a brief summary of the day:

    First out was Martin Kirk of the University of British Columbia in Canada, who gave an overview of how research administration is benchmarked and evaluated in Canada, which is thoroughly and with a degree of detail that I don't think we will see in Denmark in the near future (maybe not in the far future either...). Martin described the metrics, KPI's etc. and showed results from the "U15 Admin Capacity Benchmarking" (all documents will be made available, also to DARMA's members). 

    Some of my notes include that all benchmarking and assessments absolutely need to be underpinned by reliable, coherent and consistent data, and that the best functioning units tend to be moderately staffed and with very well functioning support systems. Researcher satisfaction surveys are also critical to assessing and developing services. 

    The next speaker was Simon Kerridge from Kent University, well-known to DARMA. Simon presented the British perspective, putting emphasis on the Metric Tide report – the name says a lot. Simon reinforced many of Martin's messages, e.g. that the infrastructure and how data is collected is crucial and needs to be consistent and comparable. Simon concluded that  at present, qualitative assessments (satisfaction surveys) are the best available indicators.

    The third speaker was Koen Verhoef from the Netherlands, who addressed the inherent complexity in measuring and evaluating innovation and knowledge transfer. Many of his points were again similar to the previous speakers, and the statement that the Netherlands are moving from metrics towards more sophisticated impact assessment stuck in my mind.

    After lunch we heard presentations from two researchers on their view of research services, both good and interesting – and recognizable, too. Andrew Telles of Göteborgs universitet introduced the group work by using chocolate cakes to illustrate how something very simple still can be difficult to capture with metrics, the message being that the reasoning behind the metrics is as important, if not more important as the metrics in themselves.

    Then followed a long, intense afternoon of group discussions. I was in the group with the theme: Pre-award, Metrics and KPI for measuring quality and success of pre-award services: University and Society. At this moment, I can't summarize the discussions with any degree of justice, but topics included that we need to use the Snowball Metrics approach, and always capture input, process and output metrics, as just one of those will paint a misleading picture. How to educate your leaders, the university executive, to make well-informed, sensible strategic discussions was another topic, and finally, we concluded that quantitative indicators alone means little, if nothing, if not qualified by qualitative indicators or aspects.

    The discussion continues and wraps up tomorrow, and a summary will be posted here, so stay tuned.

  • 24 Nov 2016 08:04 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)
    One week from now, I travel to Iceland to attend the NUAS workshop How to Measure the Value and Quality of Research and Innovation Services in Reykjavik. It is the first of two NUAS workshops with the purpose of defining how to measure what we all do: research management/service/support. You can read the workshop program here, and how the work groups and themes are defined in this PDF file. The second workshop will be held in Göteborg, Sweden in the Spring of 2017.

    Since how things are measured will determine what is actually done – as Simon Kerridge emphasized at DARMA's Annual Meeting this year – this may be one of the most important processes for DARMA's members in the near future.

    DARMA's board has decided that I participate in the Reykjavik workshop – I will comment on the progress "live" on Twitter and summarize here on DARMA.dk. In early 2017, DARMA will organize a Danish workshop on this theme, where the outcome of the Reykjavik workshop will be discussed with the purpose of providing input to the Göteborg meeting.

    For me, it would be very helpful with all the input I could get from you, DARMA's members. Please read the program and workshop document (links above), and either write your comments below, or send them to me in an e-mail. I will value all input very much!

  • 08 Jul 2016 11:53 | Jakob Feldtfos Christensen

    På årsmødet fortalte bestyrelsen, at vi i bestyrelsen barsler med at lave en strategi for DARMA. Nogle af jer sad med til ”Hot Topic” runden ved bordet om strategien og tog del i debatten om indholdet. Tak for det! Der blevet taget mange noter, som vi tager med videre.

    Men nu vil vi gerne fortælle lidt mere om processen frem mod årsmødet 2017, hvor vi på generalforsamlingen forhåbentlig kan vedtage en strategi for DARMA 2017-2021.

    Efter sommerferien er det planen at nedsætte en ERFA-gruppe, som følger processen særligt tæt og fungerer som sparringspartner for bestyrelsen. Lige nu, hvor de fleste så småt gør klar til, at det snart er sommerferie, kan man let blive fristet til at melde sig. Men vi gemmer det lige til efter sommerferien, hvor alle har et mere realistisk billede af, hvor meget tid de har. Vi sender noget særskilt ud om det og håber at flere vil melde sig.

    Vi vil løbende skrive blogindlæg, som forhåbentlig kan inspirere og provokere til idéer og kommentarer til strategiens indhold. Vi vil sikkert også snige os ind med korte indlæg på Westensee workshops (Søg! Søg! Søg!), strategiworkshop, møder i ERFA-grupper og andet godt. Kort sagt vil vi gøre processen så åben og inddragende som muligt med respekt for, at I er travle mennesker.

    Alt dette vil finde sted hen over efteråret og vinteren. Først i det nye år samler vi alt input til et først udkast, som vi først og fremmest vil vende med ERFA-gruppen på et fokusgruppemøde. Den vil også blive sendt i høring hos jer og ved samarbejdspartnere. På baggrund af denne høringsproces reviderer vi i bestyrelsen strategien og kan forhåbentlig enes om at indstille den til godkendelse på generalforsamlingen 2017.

    Så vi glæder os til i det kommende års tid at diskutere professionsudvikling, formål, ressourcer, ERFA grupper, kommunikation, mentorordninger, netværk og sikkert meget mere. 

  • 14 Jun 2016 09:02 | Jakob Feldtfos Christensen

    Som varslet på årsmødet (tak for sidst til dem af jer, som var der), så har vi den årlige DARMA-tur til Bruxelles i støbeskeen.  I år ligger turen tirsdag den 8. november til onsdag den 9. november 2016.

    Udover moules, chokolade og belgiske øl så er der jo også et fagligt indhold. Temaerne er indtil videre:
    • EIC
    • Midtvejsevaluering
    • Implementering – evt. simplificering – her overvejer vi besøg af revisorerne til snak om, hvordan ansøger undgår fejl. 

    De har i Bruxelles på nuværende tidspunkt fået følgende aftaler på plads:
    • Chris North – policy officer i DG Research
    • Morten Helveg Petersen – MEP – sidder i ITRE-udvalget.
    • Peter Hertwich – ansvarlig for implementering af H2020
    • Christian Walther Bruun - Dansk medarbejder udsendt til kommissionen og arbejder med midtvejsevaluering af H2020

    Det betyder dog ikke, at der ikke kunne komme andre spændende ting på programmet (eller vi kan i hvert fald forsøge). Så sidder du med noget, som vi skal prøve at få nogen til at komme at fortælle om, så skriv til Stine (stbj@via.dk) senest torsdag den 23. juni, og så vil vi se, om vi kan få det hele til at op.

    Når det kommer til processen, så bliver det lidt som 90-års fødselsdag. Same procedure as every year James. I hvert fald lige som sidste år. Der er et begrænset antal pladser, så på baggrund af tilmeldingerne vil vi fordele pladserne til institutionerne. Institutionerne må herefter selv fordele de tildelte pladser. I august følger en mere detaljeret plan for turen samt link for tilmelding.. Alle får besked først i september.

    Så lige nu og her er det med at skrive det i kalenderen og tænkte på gode emner, som vi skal sende til Bruxelles og få med i programmet.

    Med ønsket om en god sommer med masser af moules frites


    På vegne af DARMA bestyrelsen

    Stine og Jakob

  • 07 Jun 2016 22:15 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

    One week has passed since DARMA’s Annual Meeting 2016, where c. 70 delegates met from lunch-to-lunch to listen to talks and discuss relevant topics. Over half of the delegates have evaluated the conference (the evaluation is still open...), and to my great pleasure, the meeting was a success: it would seem that we have found a good format for future Annual Meetings that we will fine-tune based on the constructive and relevant input from the delegates. 

    Here I would like to share some of my own thoughts about the Annual Meeting—and about this kind of conferences in general—with you:

    About presentations and topics: The presentations at this meeting scored an aggregate average of 4.5 out of 6 possible in the evaluations. As always, opinions were strongly divided about the presentations, which can have many reasons. Presenters can have good or bad days, technology can interfere in different ways – bad sound, weak projector, slide problems etc. Murphy’s Law – anything that can go wrong, will go wrong – definitely applies to conferences, and the program caused major headaches this year, but I have already written about that.

    We do make an effort to make the program as generally interesting as possible, and balance it to be as attractive to as many of DARMA’s members as possible. Anyone who thought that the program was not interesting to them, should to tell me and/or the board what was missing or wrong. I of course thought the program was very interesting, but anything else would be silly. I do realize that people have different preferences, but very few members do communicate their wishes and opinions. I would personally wish that many more did; it does not have to be elaborate and we really do listen…!

    Talking about listening: if it is difficult to hear the presenters, please say so and ask for a microphone! There is no shame or error in asking. When you are up front, it can be impossible to tell whether the sound is good in the entire meeting room. Also, I personally intensely dislike wearing microphone headsets, but it is often necessary.

    About technology: All delegates at the meeting noticed the technical problems with the video connection to Stockholm – that was not my most pleasant moment, I assure you. However, we had tested the connection and ran through the presentation the week before, and also just before the session started, and it worked perfectly both times. Still something went very wrong. Why? The server at Vetenskapsrådet in Stockholm crashed fatally, exactly when the session started, so this particular kerfuffle just could not have been prevented.

    About Hot Topic Discussion Roundtables: This session format got good reviews, and scored 4.8 out of 6 possible. Next year, we will repeat the roundtable discussions, and I have noted that a discussion leader should be appointed in advance for each topic, and that the discussions will be done in at least two rounds, so that it is possible to change group. Suggestions for topics are always welcome, and can be sent to me or the board anytime.

    About the Funders’ Forum: This scored 5.4 out of 6 in the evaluations and was the smash hit of the conference. To my smug satisfaction, the panel members have also expressed that they really liked the discussion and the format and would like to participate again next year, so DARMA’s Funders’ Forum is here to stay! 

    Some commented on the composition of the panel. The intention was to balance basic and applied, as well as wet and dry sciences. DFF's chair, Peter Munk Christiansen wanted to, but could not attend, so Jørgen Frøkiær represented DFF and the Villum-Velux Foundations were both represented by Lars Arnskov Olsen from the Villum Foundation. There was thus no intentional bias against social sciences and humanities – there never is within DARMA, I would like to stress.

    About the meeting format and the venue: The lunch-to-lunch format, the easy-to-reach location and the possibilities for social interactions all received high scores, and almost exclusively positive comments. The auditorium at Sinatur Hotel Storebælt is probably one of Denmark’s best meeting rooms, and the location gave me a feeling of both attending a professional conference, as well as being on something suspiciously like a holiday, and it seems I was not alone. The conference venue received as high score as the Funders’ Forum in the evaluations – 5.4 out of 6 – and we have already booked it for next years Annual Meeting, which will be on 4-5 May 2017.

    So mark your calendars already now, because the Annual Meeting in 2017 will be at least as good as this years conference – and there will definitely be dessert to the dinner… ;-)

    Finally, if you wondered about the word "kerfuffle" used above, it is a very useful term that is explained here... ;-)

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