Call for Abstracts
Submissions are warmly invited for presentations at the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) which address the conference theme of Research Management in a Connected World and one or more of the following sub- themes:
Now, more than ever, research is about collaboration and partnerships – for researchers within and across institutions, and with partners and stakeholders in research and its translation. In this theme, we will explore new and recent models and innovations that encourage collaboration and partnering. The role of the research manager and research/ business development professional in supporting these relationships is critical.
Presenters in this theme are expected to focus on open innovation, alliances and networks, new organisational models that encourage collaboration and partnership and provide specific case studies of what has worked and what hasn’t. Examples of potential topics include new models of engagement with partners and stakeholders, working with internal and external entrepreneurs, intellectual property management and skills requirements for researchers and research management professionals.
Strong foundations in research management are at the heart of the successful research enterprise. These are the core strength of all research management professionals. As our institutions and researchers adapt and evolve to new operating, performance and funding environments, so too must we adapt and evolve, without compromising these foundations.
Presenters in this theme are expected to focus on innovative models, technologies and processes that make our and our researchers working lives more effective. Specific subject matter may include ethics and integrity, funding and applications management, policy and compliance, systems and data management/analytics.
Welcome to the changing face of research and its management! New approaches in supporting research, measuring its performance and providing the necessary infrastructure are all part of the new world order.
Presenters in this theme are expected to focus on current and emerging challenges such as collaborative research infrastructure, open access, research impact and translation, policy, cross-disciplinary research, alternative funding strategies, engagement strategies, emerging trends and challenges, and big data, to name a few.
Research across borders and geographies – it’s exciting and has the potential for significant advances in fundamental and applied research, but it is not without its own peculiarities and challenges. How do we as research management professionals help to make it happen, strategically and practically?
Presenters in this theme are expected to focus on their experiences in supporting and administering global research, identify and address current challenges and propose solutions, specific case studies of what has and hasn’t worked. Sessions related to regionally-focussed research may be arranged in the final program.
Leadership, influence, management, culture and creativity are all part of the modern research management professional’s toolkit, whether or not a formal position of authority is occupied.
Presenters in this theme are expected to focus on new models in research management and administration, the evolving research office – structures and challenges, working with limited resources and budgets, what can be learnt from corporate organisations, leadership and organisational culture, staff talent recruitment, professional development and management. It is expected that presenters will speak from their personal experience and provide honest and thoughtful insight.
Focussed and Specialist Themes
The Crowd has spoken! Citizen science and community-based research is becoming increasingly more common, as are new funding models such as crowd-based funding.
Presenters in this session are expected to provide examples of crowd-funding and citizen science, highlighting establishment, evaluation of performance, key challenges and success factors as well as the role of digital marketing and social media. In particular, the role of this research manager in supporting the implementation of crowd-funding and citizen science is important.
How will research organisations survive in the future as funding from traditional sources (e.g. competitive grants) becomes leaner? Where might alternative sources of funding be found eg philanthropy, impact investing?
Presenters in this session will provide their perspective and experience, focussing on their strategies, failures and successes. How were alternative funding opportunities received by researchers? What were the challenges involved?
Clinical sciences and health research is critical to the health and wealth of our society. The health and medical research budget in all nations is substantial, generally half, if not more, of the total research budget. The focus is all on translation, but what does this really mean? Do so-called “academic health science centres” provide the best opportunities?
Presenters in this session will focus on topics including their experiences in managing clinical trials and interventions, population studies, clinical translation, data and privacy management, hospital-embedded research.
Is research management and administration in humanities, arts and social science (HASS) different from science and technology based disciplines? What are the challenges and opportunities that HASS researchers face? How do they work with researchers and research managers from more science and technically focussed disciplines?
Presenters in this session will have the opportunity to share their experience and knowledge.
As the foundational skills of all researchers are acquired during their research training, the management of the research training enterprise can be seen as fundamental to management of research more broadly. Research training professionals are charged with introducing researchers to the operating and funding environments that will be central to their future careers, and with supporting the development of skills to successfully navigate those landscapes. It is essential for future success that these experiences be strong, comprehensive and positive.
Presenters in this session are expected to focus on the innovative approaches taken to:
- managing the day-to-day aspects of research training candidature
- strategies for introducing novice researchers to the broader research environment
- supporting the training and skills development of researchers across their careers
Presentation Information and Abstract Submission Details
- All abstracts must be submitted online by 31 March 2016
- Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words
- Only abstracts submitted in English will be accepted
- Abstracts should be original work and not published or presented elsewhere before the Congress
- Unusual abbreviations must be spelled out on first use
- Abstracts should be thoroughly checked for spelling and grammar
- An abstract must only be submitted once
- Not all authors must register and attend the Congress, however once accepted all authors intending to present must register and pay to attend the Congress
- A listed co-author other than the corresponding author may register and present at the Congress.
Abstracts may be submitted as oral or poster presentations. Please note if an overwhelming number of oral presentation submissions are received, the Program Committee reserves the right to offer poster presentations for some of these abstracts.
Terms and Conditions
The submission of an abstract indicates an understanding of the following rules for participation in the Congress:
- All author(s) approve submitting this work for presentation
- The author(s) transfer(s) all copyright ownership of the abstract to the Congress
- The author(s) agree(s) to materially confine their presentations to information in the abstract if accepted for presentation. If an author has more than one abstract accepted, each presentation will be materially confined to the information in the abstract selected for the specific session
- At least one author will be available to present the abstract if selected for the program. The authors will immediately notify the Congress Secretariat if they are unable to present an abstract or if the presenting author is changed. The organisers reserve the right to remove a presentation from the program
Review of Submissions
All submissions will be sent for peer review by a panel of experts. Each abstract will be reviewed and scored by reviewers. The scores will be submitted to the Program Committee, which will determine which abstracts are accepted and best suited for oral abstract presentation sessions or poster discussion sessions. The Program Committee will not be in a position to provide individual feedback.
Notification to Authors
- All accepted abstracts/posters must be presented by at least one author
- Once abstracts/posters are allocated to a session, it is not possible to change the date, time or type of presentation
- Presenters must register by 9 June 2016.
The Program Committee reserves the right to:
- Change the dates for submission and acceptance of papers;
- Move the proposed oral presentation into a different Congress sub-theme;
- Change the standard time allocated to presentations in order to manage the program scheduling;
- Request that proposed oral presentations combine or adapt where there are similar or related presentations, or in accordance with Congress thematic directions and needs.
Please direct all abstract submission enquiries to:
INORMS 2016 Congress Secretariat
PO Box 5005
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
Telephone: +61 (03) 9682 0500
Facsimile: +61 (03) 9682 0344