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ARMA 2021: Responsible culture in a post Covid world - inclusion and change

In a first for ARMA, our next conference, ARMA 2021, will take place virtually over three days from 5-7 October. The theme is equity, diversity and inclusion and the title is ARMA 2021: Responsible culture in a post-COVID world – inclusion and change. We’ve teamed up with leading global virtual event platform, vFairs, to deliver a new and different type of virtual conference experience.

Featuring 3D visual designs and animation, ARMA 2021 will provide the virtual experience of visiting a conference centre and seeing the different areas you would expect at a physical event. The experience starts with you arriving outside the virtual conference centre before entering the lobby. From there you move around the building, visiting the poster and exhibition halls, networking lounge and auditorium. In the auditorium, live sessions use Zoom technology integrated into the platform.

ARMA conference has always been synonymous with its social side and sense of fun. This year will be no different. To maximise the conference experience, ARMA 2021 will feature ‘gamification’ including Quiz, Scavenger Hunt and a real-time Leaderboard. Delegates collect points for completion of pre-determined of actions and prizes will be awarded. Guaranteed fun for those with a competitive streak– you know who you are!

ARMA 2021 may sound a little different but, please be assured, the platform is simple to use. It doesn’t require a download or the installation of any software. Its browser based and can be enjoyed on any device. We look forward to seeing you there!


Historically, ARMA annual conference has been a two-day event but, in another first for this year, ARMA 2021 will take place over three days. That means an additional day of content for you to dip in and out of as required!

The virtual auditorium features plenary and parallel tracks in which delegates will hear from a mix of keynote, invited speaker and abstract sessions, hearing the latest views and sharing best practice. You'll be able to review the programme and add the sessions you want to your own personal schedule, you can even add them to your own calendar!

A library of on-demand content can be viewed at any time throughout conference and for up to 30 days after. All programmed sessions over the three days become on-demand content and, following a call for abstracts, the on-demand library includes a programme of webinars covering the wide spectrum of research management and administration, and also a series of ‘SIG Sessions’ reflecting our Special Interest Groups.

In addition, ARMA 2021 will feature a programme of social events including the return of the legendary Emerald Quiz!

Confirmed Speakers

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, Chief Executive, UK Research and Innovation and Regius Professor of Botany, University of Cambridge

Angela Saini, Award-Winning Science Journalist, Broadcaster and Author

Dr Karen Salt, Deputy Director, R&D Culture and Environment, UK Research and Innovation

Dr Julie Bayley, Director of Research Impact Development, University of Lincoln

Dr Anna Brown, Senior Research Development Manager (International), Durham University

Dr Tamsin Burland, Head of Product, Jisc

Vanessa Cuthill, Director of Research, British Academy

Dr Catherine Dennison, Programme Head, Welfare, Nuffield Foundation

Linsey Dickson, Director of Conference and Chair of Conference Working Group, ARMA UK

Dr Elizabeth Gadd, Head of Research Operations, University of Glasgow

Annette Hay, Senior Research Delivery Support Partner, Coventry University

Eva Kagiri-Kalanzi, Programme Manager, ARMA UK

Dr Simon Kerridge, Principal Consultant, Kerridge Research Consulting

Sapna Marwaha, Senior Legal Counsel, LifeArc and Deputy Chair-elect, ARMA UK

Christina Miller, Director, UK Research Office (UKRO)

Norifumi Miyokawa, Senior Research Administrator, Hiroshima University

Allen Mukhwana, Manager, Research Systems, Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA)

Grace Mwashigadi, Project Coordinator, PRECISE Study at Aga Khan University

Vicky Nembaware, Sickle Africa Data Coordinating Center, University of Cape Town

Vincent Nkundimana, Programme Officer, Research Systems, Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA)

Dr David Phipps, Assistant VP Research Strategy & Impact, York University, Toronto

Jennifer StergiouDirector, Research & Innovation Service, Northumbria University and Chair, ARMA UK

Dr Therina Theron, Senior Director, Research and Innovation, Stellenbosch University and President of Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA)

Rose Wepukhulu, Programme Officer, Research Systems, Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA)

Dr Lucy Wheeler, Senior Programme Manager, Awardee Engagement, Royal Academy of Engineering



Following a call for abstracts, posters hang in the virtual poster hall (see sample image below) where presenters speak to their posters in a five-minute video that can be played by the viewer at any time – so no more missing lunch or coffee breaks! Viewers can also leave comments for the presenter. The poster hall is open throughout conference and remains open to re-visit for up to 30 days after conference.

Best poster gets the bragging rights, a £150 amazon voucher and a free delegate place at our next virtual conference!



Open for the duration of conference, the virtual exhibition hall is where where our exhibitors showcase the latest products and services available to the sector. Delegates enter the hall to an aerial view before zooming in to engage with a specific company/ stand. You can engage with exhibitors in real-time conversation using text, audio and video chat. Items can even be popped into a virtual delegate bag to take away!

The following organisations are exhibiting at ARMA 2021. If your organisation is interested in exhibiting, please contact us.


ARMA 2021 wouldn’t be possible without the support of our various partners, which is why ARMA puts engagement at the very heart of what we feel makes a successful virtual event. We’re grateful for the support of our partners and we ask you to show them your support during conference.

Media Partner

Principal Partners

    Associate Partners


General Conference Enquiries

Niamh Kavanagh, Conference Delivery Officer

e: conference@arma.ac.uk

t: +44 (0)131 380 0286

Partnership & Exhibition

Garry Kinnear, Conference Manager

e: garry.kinnear@arma.ac.uk

t: +44 (0)131 380 0282