International Network of Research Management Societies




INORMS was formed in 2001 to bring together research management societies and associations from across the globe. Its purpose is to enable interactions, sharing of good practice, and joint activities between the member societies, to the benefit of their individual memberships.

Each member society has its own distinct remit, constitution, membership and geographical base, but we each face similar issues. The nature of research management and administration is changing, and it is becoming more professional. The economic and political imperatives and pressures are common across the globe. The network enables the officers of the member societies to compare their national or regional issues, and to learn from each other. Through INORMS, we are able to transfer training course structure and content, adopt comparable support mechanisms, and jointly develop training materials.

The objectives of INORMS are:

  • to internationalise the body of knowledge on research management
  • to exchange best practice
  • to develop international approaches to supporting the research enterprise

We hold INORMS Congresses biennially, usually linked to one of the member societies' annual meetings. The first such Congress took place in Brisbane in 2006.


INORMS 2018 Congress

The next INORMS congress will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 4-7 June 2018


INORMS 2020 Congress Host Announced


The successful host for the 2020 INORMS Congress was confirmed by the INORMS Council at its meeting on Friday the 7th of April.

The Council is pleased to announce that the Research Managers and Administrators Network Japan (RMAN-J) in partnership with the Society of Research Administrators (International) is the successful host for the 2020 INORMS Congress.  

The Congress theme “Promoting Diversity in Research and Research Management Collaborations: More Transnational, More Trans-disciplinary, More Trans-sectoral” will focus on the important role of research managers and administrators in the face of increasing demands from researchers tackling global challenges with even-greater complexities. This makes collaborations with a greater variety of stakeholders more necessary.

The Congress will be held in Hiroshima, Japan from May 25-28 2020. Updates on the Congress will be made available via INORMS website.

For further enquiries about the 2020 Congress, please email Koetsu Yamazaki, D. Eng, - RMAN-J Chair,




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