Why Join ARMS?
Why join the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS)? Join over 2700 members from universities, research institutes, government departments and commercial providers as a member of an organisation dedicated to the ongoing development of the research management sector. Our membership spans across Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea & Singapore as well as other locations around the world.
ARMS is the professional society for specialists in the management and administration of research. Our members enjoy sharing experiences, and insights and developing specialised skills and knowledge.
ARMS will help you to further your research management career and broaden your horizons.
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Dr Campbell Thomson
Sixteen year ARMS member, Dr Campbell Thomson is the Director of Research Enterprise at The University of Western Australia.
A former researcher at CSIRO, Campbell came to understand that senior researchers were increasingly being placed in management roles later in their careers. Realising this, he decided early on in his research career to take on a management role, giving himself a competitive advantage.
His current role is responsible for all areas of research administration, including soliciting and accounting for research grants and contracts, technology transfer and commercialisation, research ethics and integrity, and HDR student training.
What words would you use to best describe research management? "Ever-changing, broad ranging, never dull."
What do you find most rewarding and most challenging about working in research management? "Being part of a good news story, and being able to genuinely share in researchers' success. Then you have the occasional researcher who finds it difficult to see how you can 'value add' what they do."
Funniest ARMS conference experience? At the 2004 ARMS Conference a hypothetical was performed by Curtin University Students, who play-acted the ethical dilemmas we might face in undertaking research in the future... Hilarious."
Sianna Panagiotopolous has been an ARMS Member since 1999, during which time she has served as ARMS President, as a member of the Executive, and conference Convenor.
Sianna is the Research Manager at Melbourne's Austin Health, managing day-to-day operations for their Office of Research, and spearheading the organisation's development and successful governance of research.
How did you get involved in research management? "It was a natural progression from the lab bench to the administrator's desk: I am an experienced biomedical researcher and have co-authored nearly 100 publications."
What three words would you use to best describe research management? "Value-adding big time!"
Your best ARMS conference or professional development experience? "Being part of the ARMS Executive (or one of its sub-committees) would have to be the best professional development experience - I urge all members to have a go - you can learn so much from other experts in the research management community."
Amanda-Jane (AJ) Woodhouse
AJ Woodhouse is one of our New Zealand members. AJ is Research Advisor/Team Leader for non-Health Sciences at the University of Otago.
AJ's primary role involves assisting researchers with competitive funding applications and awards, and commercial/industry negotiations and contracting, all within the Environmental Sciences - an area of research that means she does a lot of work with Màori.
The former private consultant also finds time for policy and procedural review and presentations, both within the University and invited external talks about engagement with universities and research.
What do you find the most rewarding aspect of research management? "The development of a relationship with new researcher is always an exciting journey - learning what their interests are and how to interact helps to define the relationship. There is something really neat about 'cracking a hard nut' - when you have worked together for some time and you are able to offer something that they perceive as valuable, and suddenly engage with you in a much more meaningful way."
What do you find most challenging about working in research management? "The tight fiscal environment and seeing great projects miss out on funding is probably the hardest thing. It is the reality of the current economic climate, but in a way it can be seen as an opportunity to come up with ways to get them funded."