|African Research and Innovation Management Associations – the “RIMAs”|
|Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:41|
In August 2014 the Eastern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association (EARIMA) held a consultative meeting in Arusha Tanzania.
Last month in Arusha, Tanzania, an EARIMA consultative meeting was held with the purpose of constituting the association formally and it was decided to invite membership from universities, research institutes, and interested research entities across the entire Eastern Africa region – Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and Mauritius. It was noted that management of research and innovation covers a broad spectrum of specialisms, amongst them contracts and grants management, research information management, research uptake management, technology transfer, intellectual management, and researcher support. The meeting nominated an interim committee to organize a conference and to call the first annual general meeting, which is to be held in Uganda from 26 August to 1 September 2015. The members of the interim committee are: Prof Eli Katunguka-Rwakisha (chair), Prof Richard Kangalawe (vice-chair), Prof. Abdirizak M. Aden, Prof. John G. Mwangi, and Dr Edwinus Lyaya (secretary). Prof Katunguka-Rwakisha welcomes queries about joining the Association and you can contact him via email at email@example.com
For more than a decade African research managers have been organizing themselves into membership associations to advocate for the professionalization of research management. Prominent among them are the four “RIMAs” – the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) www.sarima.co.za; the West African Research and Innovation Management Association (WARIMA) www.warima.org; the Central African Research and Innovation Management Association (CARIMA) www.carima.org, and the Eastern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association (EARIMA) www.earima.org. All of these associations are affiliated to the world body, INORMS (International Organisation of Research Management Associations) www.inorms.org. All the RIMAs were represented by senior office bearers at the recent INORMS 2014 in Washington DC. Many of the office bearers were also representing their universities and those in the DRUSSA programme were presenters in the Research Uptake workshop (Links to their presentations below).
(and a report by Diana Coates on the INORMS meeting can be found here)
The DRUSSA programme is specifically contributing to strengthening sub Saharan African research managers’ awareness of and skills in research uptake management (RUM) in order that research findings reach, influence and contribute to resolving developmental challenges.
Diana Coates: Managing Director of Organisation Systems Design and DRUSSA lead on Research Uptake Communications. Diana.Coates@gmail.com
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