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.

  • 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:




  • 31 Aug 2020 14:23 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    Fondenes Videnscenter har netop offentliggjort en ny analyse af fondene under corona.

    Hovedpointerne i analysen er blandt andet: 

    • 69 % af danskerne mener, at fondene spiller en Vigtig eller Særdeles vigtig rolle under coronakrisen.
    • Flere fonde har planer om yderligere coronarelaterede indsatser. Det gælder blandt andet 14 ud af de 23 fonde, der årligt bevilger over 100 millioner kroner.
    • Størstedelen af de fonde, der årligt bevilger mellem 10 og 100 millioner kroner forventer at bevilge det samme som budgetteret i både 2020, 2021 og 2022.
    • Det er især de meget store fonde, der bevilger mere end 100 millioner kroner der forventer at øge deres bevillinger – dog primært i 2020.
    • Forholdsvis få fonde forventer at reducere i deres bevillinger i perioden 2020 til 2022. Men de findes i alle grupper af bevillingsniveauer, også blandt de store fonde.

    Sekretariatschef Hanne Rasmussen siger: 

    "Vi satte analysen i gang, fordi en række ngo’er og institutioner har udtrykt usikkerhed omkring, hvordan COVID-19 kan komme til at påvirke fondenes mulighed for at dele penge ud. Og det overordnede budskab, når vi nu står med tallene i hånden, er, at der er grund til at slå koldt vand i blodet. Der vil være enkelte fonde, som rammes på uddelingerne, men der er ikke umiddelbart grund til at frygte, at der generelt kommer færre penge fra fondene de kommende år. Særligt ikke i 2020, hvor fondene forventer, at der kommer flere penge".

    Download analysen fra fondenes videnscenters hjemmeside 


  • 30 Aug 2020 13:23 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    Though the INORMS Council DARMA has received a message from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative regarding their support to biomedical research:

    From: Norbert Tavares <ntavares@chanzuckerberg.com>
    Subject: CZI funding opportunities for INORMS members

    Good day,

    I am a program manager with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. CZI is a philanthropy that funds and supports biomedical research via targeted grantmaking and open competitions for grant applicants in the specific scientific areas of single-cell biology, genomics, neurodegeneration, biomedical imaging, computational biology, and rare disease patient-driven research organizations, among others. The ambitious long-term goal of CZI is to accelerate progress in science to make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of this century. 

    We are trying to extend our reach to international institutions and researchers working in the scientific research areas we fund. We are trying to compile a list of the Sponsored Research Offices or Foundation Relations Office equivalents for major universities and research institutes, in particular in the Global South, to invite them to opt into our mailing list for funding opportunities announcements. Is this something your organization would be able to help with? Do you have contact lists for the appropriate administrative offices and or relevant academic research departments in the areas we fund that you would be able to share with us? Advice on the best route for letting your member research institutions know about CZI's funding opportunities would be appreciated?



    Norbert Tavares, Ph.D.

    Science Program Manager

    Single-Cell Biology Programs

  • 17 Aug 2020 21:13 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    New  world,  new  programmes,  new challenges.

    The   Annual   Conference   Programme Committee (ACPC) is now inviting submissions for oral and poster contributions for inclusion in  the  Conference  2021 programme  with  the  focus  on New  world,  new  programmes,  new challenges.


    You can submit a proposal within any area of the Research Management and Administration profession. The abstract submission must be submitted to one of these topic areas.

    • Pre-Award (including, but not restricted to: research development; funding opportunities; grant writing; evaluation experience)
    • Post-Award (including, but not restricted to: project management, grant management, legal/ financial aspects, audit, conflict of interest, litigation, internal allocation of funding, personal payments, tax)
    • Impact (in applications, in project, impact follow-up and other related topics)
    • International (including, but not restricted to: collaborating across national boundaries (particularly including outside Europe); working with foreign funding)
    • Policy and Strategy (including, but not restricted to: Research Policy/Strategy development and implementation)
    • Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation (including, but not restricted to: research integrity, gender issues, public engagement, stakeholders engagement, ethics, all aspects of open science and innovation such as publishing, data and policies to enhance openness locally, nationally or internationally)  
    • Organising Support Service for Research; Professional Development, Skills Development and Team Building (including, but not restricted to: issues related to professional development, recognition of profession; Soft Skills relevant to RMAs; organising the full project cycle or any of its parts within or between organisations; distribution of work; benchmarking; and team and leadership development)
    • EARMA and professional associations (organizing RMA professional development and recognition)
    • Sponsors
    • Other (suggestions for new formats and themes)

    Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2020, at 17.00 CET

    Submit via https://www.czech-in.org/cmportalV15/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2FcmportalV15%2Fportal%2FEARMA21%2Fnormal Your Abstract Now

  • 06 Aug 2020 11:07 | Annedorte Vad (Administrator)

    Sommeren er ved at gå på hæld, og inden månedens udgang er vi formentlig alle tilbage fra sommerferien, uanset om det så bliver fysisk eller virtuelt. På vegne af bestyrelsen sender jeg hermed en sommerhilsen. Vi glæder os alle sammen til at hverdagen melder sig igen, om end det på grund af COVID-19, nok stadig godt kan have lange udsigter, at det bliver som før. Men mange ting fortsætter jo alligevel ufortrødent, og det gør DARMA også.

    Efter DARMA’s generalforsamling kunne vi byde velkommen til Signe Bodil Nipper Nielsen fra Professionshøjskolen Absalon og ønske Hanne Dahl Mortensen fra SDU tillykke med genvalget. Endnu en gang tak til dem der stillede op og til alle de medlemmer, der stemte. Det var dejligt at se den høje stemmeprocent.

    DARMA’s nye bestyrelse holdt sit første møde i juni (online) og vores næste møde bliver afholdt den 3. september 2020. Her bliver datoerne for bestyrelsesmøderne frem til årsmødet næste år lagt i kalenderen, og de vil som altid blive annonceret på http://darma.dk/boardmeetings, hvor referaterne fra de afholdte møder også findes. Referaterne kan downloades af DARMA-medlemmer der er logget ind.

    Mange foreninger lider under COVID-19 lockdown fordi deres primære indtægt kommer fra konferencerne. Men mange af konferencerne holdes nu online i stedet, og det giver jo mulighed for at deltage i møder, som man ellers ikke har kunne være med til fordi man ikke havde et rejsebudget.

    I disse dage løber de afrikanske ARMA’s årsmøde af staben. Mødet skulle være holdt i Botswana, men blev lige som så mange andre årsmøder konverteret til en online konference på grund af COVID-19. Fra DARMA deltog Jan Andersen, SDU og jeg i tirsdags i en Leadership Workshop og debat om RMA-foreninger. Jan leverede en keynote præsentation om EARMA og DARMA, og vi havde en god diskussion om foreningernes dannelse, udvikling og fremtid. Både Jan og jeg var imponeret over det kvantespring der er sket i Afrika, hvor stort set alle lande nu er med i en af de afrikanske foreninger – NARIMA i Nordafrika, WARIMA i Vestafrika, CARIMA i Centralafrika, EARIMA i Østafrika og SARIMA i Syd. Det gør det lettere for forskningssupporten at finde en kollega, der kan hjælpe og videndele. http://darma.dk/event-3741373

    EARMA’s konference, der skulle være holdt i Oslo, bliver nu holdt online i perioden 1.-6. oktober 2020. http://darma.dk/event-3615545. EARMA 2011 er planlagt til afholdelse i Prag i perioden 28.-30. april med temaet ”New World, New Programmes, New Challenges. http://darma.dk/event-3934949

    SRA International holder deres årsmøde online i perioden 15.-30. oktober. http://darma.dk/event-3615547

    Der er som lovet ved at blive nedsat en gruppe, der skal hjælpe bestyrelsen med at udarbejde en strategi for DARMA. Der er allerede en del medlemmer, der har meldt sig til gruppen, men vi mangler stadig repræsentation fra yngre/nye DARMA-medlemmer og også gerne medlemmer der er ansat i virksomheder, NGO’er og hospitaler.

    Det er planen, at arbejdsgruppens indsats skal løbe fra september til december. Jeg håber på vi kan holde to fysiske møder – et i september og et i november eller december, og det forventes, at arbejdsgruppens medlemmer påtager sig et par opgaver derimellem – f.eks. analyse af DARMA’s medlemsbestand, indholdet af hjemmesiden, meningsmåling eller andet relevant. Derudover handler det selvfølgelig om at give sin mening til kende om hvordan DARMA skaber værdi for medlemmerne - så der er både store og små opgaver.

    Hvis du har lyst til at være med i arbejdsgruppen, så skriv til mig president@darma.dk. Mangler du argumenter for at være frivillig, så husk at arbejdet typisk er både lærerigt og meriterende for dig, og du samtidig udbygger dit faglige netværk – alt dette er også til gavn for din arbejdsgiver. http://darma.dk/volunteer

    Med venlig hilsen,


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

© DARMA – CVR: 35977880

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software