The Research Manager and Administrator Network Japan (RMAN-J) is pleased to host the 2021 meeting of the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS).


Monday, May 24 through Thursday, May 27, 2021.
The pre-recorded oral session videos and the poster files will be available on May 24 and can be accessed on demand through June 30, 2021. The videos of the Opening Ceremony's sessions on May 25, 2021, some of which will be broadcast live, will become available after the Ceremony ends.


We are excited to announce that the 8th INORMS World Congress will go virtual with EventsAir/OnAir. While we would have liked to welcome you face-to-face at the International Conference Center Hiroshima, Japan, in May 2020, RMAN-J, the event’s organizer, decided to postpone the congress to 2021 and transform it to a virtual event, giving priority to the health and safety of our delegates, presenters, and sponsors.
We will do our best to make the online format a success and look forward to many thought-provoking and insightful online presentations!


Promoting Diversity in Research and Research Management Collaborations: More Trans-National, More Trans-Disciplinary, More Trans-Sectoral

RMAN-J has set the above theme for INORMS 2021 based on its following understanding. Academic collaboration in this interconnected world involves increasing interaction among academics from different countries and disciplines. Further, stakeholders outside of academia should join these discussions for better research management and administration. It is only through weaving diverse trans-national, trans-disciplinary, and trans-sectoral threads into a diverse tapestry that we can succeed in facing the complex global challenges of today.

This meeting provides the opportunity for research managers and administrators from across the globe to meet, to learn and to discuss issues of research management, to develop professionally, and to network. INORMS 2021 will have the following tracks:

  1. Global Collaboration
  2. Partnerships and Innovation beyond Academia
  3. Research Evaluation and Impact
  4. Professional Development of Researchers and Research Managers
  5. Research Integrity and Responsible Conduct of Research


INORMS was formed in 2001 to bring together research management societies and associations from across the globe. Its objectives are: to internationalize the body of knowledge on research management; to exchange best practice; and to develop international approaches to supporting research enterprise.
Current INORMS members (as of January 2021) are: ARMA (UK), ARMA-NL, ARMS, BRAMA, CARA, CASSSP, DARMA, EARMA, Finn-ARMA, FORTRAMA, ICEARMA, NCURA, NARMA, NORDP, PraxisAurill, RMAN-J, SARIMA, SRA International, WARIMA, and ACU. (For more information about INORMS, visit https://inorms.net)
INORMS Congresses have been held biennially since 2006 and are great opportunities for professional development (the next congress will take place a year later than previously scheduled as INORMS 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19). The last INORMS Congress was held in 2018 in Edinburgh. Pictures from INORMS 2018 are available here.


Founded in 2015, RMAN-J is Japan's professional association for those engaged in research management and administration, whose aims are to promote science, technology, and future innovation from Japan through the enhancement of research capabilities of Japanese universities and research institutes.

About Hiroshima

The 8th INORMS World Congress will go virtual, but we still want to introduce you to Hiroshima, which was going to host the Congress. It is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Atomic Bomb Dome, located in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and the Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima. These emotive and breath-taking cultural sites are amongst the most popular destinations for visitors to Japan. We hope that the pandemic’s impact on international mobility will soon subside and that you will have an opportunity to discover this beautiful city, its surrounding areas, and must-see regions around Japan in the near future. Find out more about Hiroshima and things to do here.

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