Campfire stories RMA day 2023 edition

Campfire stories RMA day 2023 edition

Campfire stories RMA day 2023 edition

Relaxed and informal, entertaining online networking get-together

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Event date: Monday, 25th September 2023,
Event time: 14:00 - 15:00 CET

Registration: This event is free of charge, but as for all our events, registration is required. Just click on the yellow button at the top of this page and see here how to access the event


Purpose of the event: To celebrate International Research Administrators Day 2023 with the EARMA community in the best possible way!


Event Description:

The EARMA Campfire Events are a very informal way to gather the EARMA community together online to network and have fun. What could be a better way to celebrate together? The celebrations of International Research Administrators Day have increased in visibility globally, and this year's event is the third EARMA Campfire Event held in recognition of International Research Administrators Day.


Come and join us for as long or short as you can during the above-indicated time, and let's have a good time together, releasing positive energy from the sharing of fun and remarkable stories from our real lives as research administrators. 


The Campfire will be chaired by Aisling Coyne (Open Scholarship Librarian, Technological University Dublin), with a keynote presentation by Jan Andersen (Senior Executive Officer, University of Southern Denmark). Jan will share some of his experiences from his lifelong endeavour in Research Support, being a pioneer globally recognized in the research management communities. 


Participants will be encouraged to participate by sharing some of the realities of being an RMA using stories. These stories can be short (1 minute) up to 5 minutes. The idea is to learn about the life of an RMA.

Examples include:

The stories could be quotations (When is the deadline? Yesterday)
‘There is only one way to deal with a bureaucrat - be a better bureaucrat’

Example: How researchers become energised near a deadline. 

What advice would you give to your younger self if you were starting out again as an RMA?

Funny Stories
Things that made you laugh in the job of RMA




Jan Andersen 2

Jan Andersen, Senior Executive Officer, University of Southern Denmark, former EARMA Chair and current member of the steering committee for the EARMA Leadership Program. He was a DARMA Board member and founder and chair of BESTPRAC, Head of the INORMS WG on Organisational Development. He worked in RMA since 1994, whereof 20 years with the University of Copenhagen. Jan was conceptualising the Research Information System PURE. Jan is part of the EARMA Pasta Making Event, and received the EARMA Lifetime Achievement Award 2022.




Aisling Coyne, Open Scholarship Librarian, Technological University Dublin
Aisling is the Open Scholarship Librarian for Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) where she manages the institutional repository, Arrow; engages in outreach and promotion of Open Research; delivers training to academics, staff, students, and researchers on a variety of Open topics; is a member of the European University of Technology (EUt+) project. Aisling is a member of two LAI special interest groups (Library Publishing and Open Scholarship); the IOAP; EARMA; is a founding member of OSCAIL, among other groups. Aisling has a special interest in OER and Gamification, including delivering the Open Access Escape Room, Lego Serious Play and the new OER Escape Room. Aisling has attended and presented at EARMA Oslo 2022 and EARMA Prague 2023.



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