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22 February 2019
Research and Innovation Managers vote for the establishment of an East African Research and Innovation Management Association Print
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 19:17

Following the successful conference and inaugural Annual General Meeting of the newly registered Eastern African Research and Innovation Management Association (EARIMA), hosted by the Ugandan chapter in Kampala, Uganda, in late August, the first elected committee mandated the President, Professor Eli Katunguka-Rwakishaya to initiate the formal recognition of EARIMA by  ‘sister’ associations.

At the annual Society of Research Administrators International (SRAInternational) meeting in Las Vegas, USA, in October Prof Katunguka Rwakishaya signed an MOU with the SRA International  President, Dr John Westensee and CEO Dr Elliot Kulakowski.

EARIMA has been constituted as a not for profit organisation. As the Eastern African region is large EARIMA has emulated the SRAInternational by setting up country chapters so that members can meet locally more often than annually at the Association conference. Currently five country chapters have been established; in Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Somalia, and as a result of attending the first conference, members from two more countries will be canvassing the opinion of local colleagues about establishing country chapters.   


The election of office-bearers was a two-phase process; first the members convened by country to elect their country chapter representative, and then met in plenary to accept the nominations of country chapter chairs to the EARIMA committee.

Formal recognition of EARIMA by sister associations brings benefits to its members and strengthens the globalisation of professional research management capacity.   The Southern African association (SARIMA)  and partners, WHO_TDR and Research Africa,for example, delivered a 2 day training workshop on research project administration from inception to completion, and the DRUSSA programme delivered a research communications and engagement skills-practice workshop which complemented the SARIMA training.

At the conference itself a dominant theme was the key roles that research managers can play in supporting the next generation of post-graduates to start and sustain a research-oriented career.

The second meeting of EARIMA is already scheduled, for late August 2016 and it will be hosted by the Kenyan chapter in Nairobi, Kenya.

Diana Coates is Managing Director of Organisation Systems Design and DRUSSA Communications and Engagement Co-ordinator email ‪  Website