18th Annual Conference of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators will take place from the 8th -11th July 2012 in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland during the celebration of ‘Dublin, City of Science 2012′ and just prior to the 2012 European Science Open Forum. The EARMA conference will focus on the upcoming HORIZON 2020 programme, ongoing research management and professional development. We would be delighted to welcome you to one of Europe’s friendliest cities and, while we cannot guarantee the weather, we can guarantee a great conference, a great venue and plenty to see and do in the City.
EARMA 2012 is being hosted by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) on their campus in the heart of the city. Close to transport, TCD provides an oasis of calm in the middle of a bustling city, just the place to let you concentrate on the conference but from where it is easy to explore the city.
The EARMA Tracks are:

These tracks have been identified by the Conference Committee and the Board and they represent the breadth of the RM&A profession. Tracks have a track‐leader who acts as coordinator of the different sessions, workshops etc., in their track. Furthermore, they will collect all presentations, etc. and make a track report.
T1. Grants management of collaborative research (including FP7).

Track leaders Katrin Reschwamm ( EUrelations AG- CH) and Laia Lagunas (Institut de investigacio Biomedica de Bellvitge, ES)

This track is for grant management professionals ‐ from very junior to the senior‐ dealing mostly with the practical pre‐ and post‐award management of EU or international (collaborative) research projects.
T2. Legal aspects and governance, ethics and compliance issues.

Track leader Siegfried Huemer, Technical University Wien, AT

Legal professionals are becoming more and more involved in research contracts collaborations and consortia. In this track legal professionals and non‐legally qualified administrators and managers can meet and have the chance to exchange views and innovative ideas. In many research contracts references are made to ethical issues and other compliances issues. It is increasingly necessary to understand the implication of these.
T3. Recognition of the profession: Research Office Services and professional development.

Track leader Shabtay Dover (Hebrew University, IL) who will liaise with the chair of the Professional Development Working Group

More and more European universities develop organisational support‐structures to strengthen and professionalize the internal processes and to meet all kind of external requirements. In this track, professionals managing this type of university offices meet and exchange views and ideas on models, responsibilities, competencies and future developments.
T4. Research strategies and policies:

Track leader David Lauder (York University, UK) and John Donovan (Dublin Institute of Technology, IE)

Developing international and European research agendas is a political process with many actors and different time frames. European Universities and their researchers have a vested interest to anticipate future developments and create a dialogue with policy makers. In this track attention is given to Research Policy in Europe and elsewhere.