Plenary Sessions / Special Session

* This is the list of sessions as of February 2020. We are now in the process of reconfirming with each presenter that the event will be held online. It will be updated to the latest version after March 15, 2021.

Plenary Session 1

Professionalization of Research Management and Administration

Keynote Speaker:

Yuko HarayamaDr. Yuko Harayama
Executive Director, RIKEN
Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University
Former Executive Member, Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), Cabinet Office, Japan

Dr. Yuko Harayama is an Executive Director principally charged with international affairs at RIKEN. Prior to joining RIKEN, she spent five years at the Cabinet Office of Japan as an Executive Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, two years at the OECD as the Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, and ten years at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University as a Professor of Management Science and Technology. She is a Legion D’Honneur recipient (Chevalier) and was awarded honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel. She holds a Ph.D. in education sciences and a economics, both from the University of Geneva.


Ms. Steph Bales
Chair of INORMS and Past Chair of ARMA, which hosted INORMS 2018 Edinburgh, UK
(Director, Research and Innovation Services at Teesside University, UK)

Dr. Elliott Kulakowski
Past President and CEO, SRA International, which co-hosted INORMS 2014 Washington DC, USA
(Adjunct Professor, University of Utah and City University of New York, USA)

Dr. Therina Theron
President of SARIMA, which will host INORMS 2023 Durban, South Africa
(Senior Director, Research & Innovation, Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

Mr. John Westensee
Past President of SRA International and Past Chair of DARMA, which hosted INORMS 2012 Copenhagen, Denmark
(Deputy University Director, Aarhus University, Denmark)


Dr. Masato Miyake
Chair, INORMS 2021 Program Committee
(Director, International Collaboration, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)

Plenary Session 2

Future Mobility comes true through the Model Based Development (MBD)

Keynote Speaker:

Mr. Tomohiko Adachi
Senior Principal Engineer, Integrated Control System Development Div., MAZDA Motor Corporation

Mr. Tomohiko Adachi joined Mazda Motor Corp. as a research engineer in April 1990 after graduation from Kobe University with a Master's degree in Systems Engineering. With rich experience in the research of Advanced Safety Vehicles, Mr. Adachi started working in the Department of Chassis Dynamics Development in 2004, during which he led the development of chassis control and brake system technologies.
Starting in 2015, Mr. Adachi serves as the Senior Principle Engineer of the Integrated Control System Development Division, responsible for driving the strategy of model based development. From April 2019, he is also as a visiting professor of MBD laboratory in Hiroshima University.


As a beginning, the history of MAZDA shows our brand essence is the challenge.
For the future mobility, society requires the more efficient and safer vehicle. MAZDA focal point for future mobility is how to utilize human capability based on some idea with highly efficient and safe vehicle. MAZDA has made a big effort to virtualize such a complicated vehicle development through the Model Based Development (MBD). This enables us "Suriawase2.0" which promoted by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) to revitalize automotive industry through the model exchange among academia, OEM and suppliers. Suriawase2.0 is aiming for deeper collaboration with each parties through the model. To realize this ideal situation, establishing model exchange scheme and education are the keys. METI working group established an interface guideline for plant model exchange with global collaboration.
"Hiroshima Council for the Promotion of Collaboration between Government, Academia and the Automobile Industry" has a key role for promoting MBD activities. The important focal points are the establishing the research concept MBR (Model Based Research) to enable the academia results to transfer industry immediately, and establishing regional consistent MBD education program to enable the rich regional human resources executing MBD.

Special Session

Building research management across distance, time and cultures

Organized by the chairs of the INORMS Research Impact and Stakeholder Engagement (RISE) Working Group, Research Evaluation Working Group (REWG), and Research Administration as a Profession (RAAAP) Taskforce


Dr. Julie Bayley
Co-Chair, RISE
University of Lincoln, UK

Presenter's Bio:
Dr Julie Bayley is Director of Research Impact Development at the University of Lincoln (UK) and Director of the Lincoln Impact Literacy Institute (LILI). As an academic and research manager she collaborates nationally and internationally on the development of impact literacy and undertakes extensive consultancy across the research sector. Julie has been appointed as Emerald Publishing’s Impact Literacy Advisor, Director of Qualifications for the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) and works with funders to strengthen impact. Julie is a Chartered Health Psychologist with a PhD in Health Psychology and Impact and a patient advocate in vascular health.

Dr. David James Phipps
Co-Chair, RISE
York University and Research Impact Canada, Canada

Presenter's Bio:
Dr. Phipps is the administrative lead for all research programs and their impacts on local and global communities at York University (Toronto, Canada). He has received honours and awards from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, Society for Research Administration International, Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, International Network of Research Management Societies and the EU based Knowledge Economy Network. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in knowledge mobilization and was named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada. He sits on knowledge mobilization committees around the world and is Network Director for Research Impact Canada.

Dr. Simon Kerridge
Principal Investigator, RAAAP
University of Kent, UK

Presenter's Bio:
Simon has been a research manager and administrator (RMA) for over 25 years, the past nine leading the research office at Kent where he has been responsible for all aspects of the research support including pre-award, post-award, information, strategy, assessment and governance.

He has a passion for the profession of RMA and leads the INORMS RAAAP TaskForce ( collecting longitudinal about the RMA profession around the world. Other activities include: EARMA Board, EARMA Annual Conference Programme Committee, EARMA Awards Committee, past ARMA Chair, SRAi JRA Author Fellowship Program, JoRMA Editor, JHU Adjunct Faculty. Simon holds a doctorate in RMA.

Dr. Elizabeth Gadd
Chair, REWG
Loughborough University, UK

Presenter's Bio:
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Gadd is a scholarly communications specialist working as a Research Policy Manager (Publications) at Loughborough University, UK. She chairs the INORMS Research Evaluation Working Group, the ARMA Research Evaluation SIG and the LIS-Bibliometrics Forum. She founded The Bibliomagician Blog & was the recipient of the 2020 INORMS Award for Excellence in Research Management Leadership.


Your researchers are collaborating internationally. Your institution has an internationalization plan. You may have managed research funded by an international funder. Then you are working internationally but are you collaborating with your colleagues' counterparts in other countries?

This session presents the experience of three trans-national research management and administration collaborations (total countries engaged = 24 countries in North & South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australasia) designed to build the knowledge base and develop some tools to enable collaboration that at the end of the day promises to improve our own performance at home. We will discuss the work of each group and we will also focus on our experiences identifying the opportunities, challenges, barriers and enablers of working across distance, time and cultures.

If you're already doing this then join us to share your stories because this session is about you as much as it is about us! If not, why not? Join us to share your questions, hopes and fears.

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