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

In a first for ARMA, annual conference is going virtual! We've teamed up with a leading global virtual event platform for our first virtual conference, and perhaps our most exciting yet!

ARMA 2021 will provide an opportunity to think deeply about how our work within Research Management and Administration connects to issues of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Members and colleagues alike will hear the latest views from a range of outstanding speakers and share best practice through a mix of live, semi-live and on-demand content, networking opportunities and an exhibition where partners will showcase the latest products and services available to the sector.

ARMA conference has always been synonymous with its social side and sense of fun and, this year will be no different. ARMA 2021 will feature a Quiz, Scavenger Hunt and real-time Leaderboard competition where delegates can gather points and prizes!

Key Dates


Abstract submission opens


Abstract submission closes


Registration opens

Abstract Submission

Abstract submissions are welcome for ARMA 2021. The guidelines below cover everything you need to know - please ensure you read carefully before clicking a button to submit.

Abstract Timeline

w/c 19 April 2021

Abstract submission opens

1 June 2021 (9am)

Abstract submission closes

w/c 21 June 2021

Notification of outcome

15 August 2021 (Midnight)

Deadline for all content


Anyone can submit an abstract; member or non-member. Think of your abstract like a sales tool or elevator pitch. It’s a brief summary of the content you will produce and an opportunity to demonstrate what you can bring to conference. It provides information for delegates to help them choose which content to view. Importantly, it's also the way the review panel decide which content is included in the programme and which isn’t. The abstract submission process for ARMA 2021 is through an online portal. You can submit an abstract for a Poster & Poster Presentation or On-Demand Webinar. Or do both!

Submission Types

Poster & Poster Presentation

If selected, you’ll produce a poster and a short accompanying video presentation. Your poster and video will be on display in the Virtual Poster Hall (see image below) for delegates to view at any time throughout conference and for up to 30 days afterwards.


On-Demand Webinar

If selected, you’ll produce a pre-recorded video webinar. ARMA 2021 will feature a library of on-demand content available to view at any time throughout conference and for up to 30 days afterwards. This is your chance to deliver your very own conference session – the only difference being that it’s available to delegates on-demand. There are no rules, the only requirement is that content falls within one of the 8 conference themes below. You can deliver your session however you wish. Perhaps you’ll present slides lecture-style, maybe it will be a round-table or panel discussion. It could even be a fire-side chat with a leading expert. Or it could be something else entirely – it’s up to you!

What You’ll Need to Do if Your Abstract is Selected

Poster & Poster Presentation
On-Demand Webinar
Don’t Forget!
How to Record your Video

If your abstract is selected, you will need to produce video content. This may sound a little daunting but worry not, we have prepared a simple guide to help you! Please download the document by clicking the button below.


The conference topic is equity, diversity and inclusion. Please consider EDI when preparing your submission. During the submission process you'll be asked to submit your abstract under one of the following themes:

Policy & strategy

Funding & development

Project & portfolio management

Culture, environment & people

Impact & public engagement


Systems & processes

Open research

Submission Process

We're using Oxford Abstracts (abstract management system) to manage the abstract submission and review process. As a first-time user, you must register and create an account with Oxford Abstracts before being directed to the submission portal.

There are two separate portals for abstract submission, one for Poster & Poster Presentation and another for On-Demand Webinar. Both portals follow a simple step by step process and depending on which you’ve chosen, you’ll be asked to input information under the following sections:

**Not applicable for Poster & Poster Presentation

Terms and Conditions


General Conference Enquiries

Niamh Kavanagh, Conference Delivery Officer


t: +44 (0)131 357 9852

Partnership & Exhibition

Garry Kinnear, Conference Manager


t: +44 (0)131 357 9856