WELCOME to EARMA’s 25th International Conference in Bologna

It is my pleasure as Chair to invite you to Bologna for the 2019 EARMA Annual Conference. The theme this year is ‘supporting a sustainable future for research’.   This could not be timelier while budget negotiations are still underway for Horizon Europe, the next research and innovation framework programme. The first draft conference programme will be available in December 2018, I invite you to explore the topics and speakers to familiarize yourself with all the options available, and start thinking about which sessions align best with your and your organisation’s objectives and aspirations. We all know that excellent impactful research requires excellent research support from motivated and up to date professionals. The conference is a great chance for continued professional development.

There are many reasons why you should attend the EARMA conference:

  1. Attending the conference will provide you with new practical skills and opportunities to learn about proven methods to put you on the fast track to success.
  2. Learning from real success stories means you will save time and money trying to figure out what works.
  3. A good conference will challenge your current way of thinking, but will also provide you with actionable advice and take-aways. Our speakers will challenge you to think critically about your work. They will also provide you with actions and advice you can start using immediately.
  4. This is a networking opportunity you can’t miss. Some of Europe’s performance and collaboration experts will be at the conference. You will have the opportunity to interact with leaders in your field who are addressing the very same daily problems you are likely facing.

Each year the EARMA conference moves around Europe. Collegiality is one of the key features of our conferences. So, whether you’ve been a loyal supporter of all other 24 EARMA conferences or this is your first one, joining us in Bologna will be one of the best decisions you make this year.

Bologna is home to the oldest University in the western world, the University of Bologna, established in AD 1088. The city has a large student population that gives it a cosmopolitan character and is famous for its towers, churches, and lengthy porticoes, within its well-preserved historical centre. Bologna is famous for its cuisine, aside from wonderful fresh pasta; they rely heavily on local meats and cheese and are world renown for their famous Ragu sauce. All of which may be accompanied with a glass of wine from their many excellent local vineyards.

Bologna in March 2019 will be EARMA’s 25th international conference and it is fitting that we will celebrate this in a city steeped in University history.

I look forward to seeing you in Bologna



Sharon Bailey
Chair, European Association of Research Managers and Administrators