foRMAtion is one of the flagship projects of HETFA in the field of research management. It delivers 6 key results under the lead of HETFA, all aiming to support students in higher education as potential research managers and administrators by reinforcing their high-level and transversal skills needed for developing and managing excellent European research, innovation and educational projects.

On 27 September 2022, the foRMAtion partnership has organised a public event in Rome, Italy. Almost 50 participants, including experts in research management and university representatives attended the event. The focus was on the Research Manager and Administrator (RMA) profession and its role and place in Europe, with a focus on Italy, as well as national and international RMA training opportunities in higher education. The event has been organised by ISINNOVA in collaboration with Tor Vergata University of Rome, Politecnico di Torino and APRE.

The event started with a welcome note introducing the current Italian RMA landscape. Session 1 focused on the role of Research Managers and Administrators in Europe, while Session 2 shed a light on creating awareness about the RMA profession in universities. The next sessions focused on the national RMA scene by exploring the Italian community of RMAs.  Speakers shared and reviewed the local activities and networks around RMA in Italy and identified the steps forward to be made in this field.

The final and largest stakeholder event of foRMAtion on “The Future of Research Management Training in Higher Education – Insights from foRMAtion’s Teaching and Mentoring Experience to Professionalize Research Management” will take place in Brussels on 30 November 2022, 9:00 – 15:00. Agenda is available here and the registration form here.

More information on the event can be found here.

More information on the foRMAtion project is available here.