Opening Conference


Research Managers and Administration: the state-of-the art and future of Research Managers in the V4+WB region

17-18 October 2023


The V4+WB RMA Network Plus project aims to further reinforce the network of Research Support Professionals, or in short, Research Managers and Administrators (RMAs) in the V4+WB region. Through intensified knowledge exchange and capacity-building activities it will contribute to the increased competitiveness of the Visegrad Four and Western Balkan countries in Research and Innovation.

The launching event of the project will take place in person in Bratislava, Slovakia on 17-18 October 2023, targeting RMAs from the V4+WB region and beyond. The event is hosted by the Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology.

The main focus of the event is to discuss the state-of-the-art of recognition and conditions of RMAs in the region and present relevant initiatives and the opportunities provided at the EU level (RM ROADMAP & ERA Action 17). For that reason, the Emerald Handbook on RMA globally will be also introduced, and certain chapters covering V4+WB countries will be presented along with other chapters showcasing the importance of professionalization, recognition and training. Besides, activities of current EU initiatives, such as the RM ROADMAP and ERA Action 17 will be presented and opportunities for the deeper engagement of RMA communities will be discussed. The conference will support the exchange of knowledge and experiences of RMAs in EU-funded R&I projects.

Important dates

Deadline for submission of applications: 21 September 2023. (extended deadline)


Attendance is free of charge, but subject to selection procedure with prior registration of the Online Expert Pool (for those that have not registered to the Pool before). The grants are reserved for applicants*, such as with active contributions to the conference (e.g. delivering a presentation or leading a workshop). Successful applicants shall be listed in the official event/conference programme. The main subject of the oral presentation/speech/workshop needs to be closely related to the topic and objectives of the V4+WB RM Network Plus conference agenda and acknowledge the grants provided by the International Visegrad Fund.

Target group

*Research Managers and Administrators (RMAs) including funding and legal advisors, finance managers, research support professionals, innovation managers, technology transfer professionals, professionals working on the interface of science (such as National Contact Points -NCPs-) or at other Research Performing Organisations (RPOs), universities, NGOs; based in V4 and WB countries.

The final agenda can be found here.

Contact person on behalf of STU: Ing. Mgr. Alžbeta Lapšanská  (; +421948 944 831)