At the 2023 EARMA Conference in Prague, Aurora’s Marie Jadrnícková from Palacký University Olomouc, and Ignasi Salvadó-Estivill on behalf of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in Tarragona, presented and led a discussion on how Aurora developed tools to support research and innovation, such as the research infractructure map and the SDG Dashboard.
Their session focussed on concrete best practices and tools to increase collaboration in international projects, as well as the barriers and obstacles when developing and implementing these tools. These tools can help researchers and research support staff to raise the number of joint Aurora university proposals. They also explored how being a part of a University Alliance can substantially increase R&I collaborations and how a common research strategy within the alliance can attract more EU funding.
Among the best practices shared were Aurora’s successfully implemented joint projects such as VERSA (Video gamEs foR Skills training) and MSCA – Doctoral Network joint proposals, as well as organised Info Days and thematic workshops. By meeting regularly, Aurora’s working group of EU Research Managers created an integrated and high-trust platform where expertise and knowledge are pooled. The long-term ambition is to install an Aurora pre-award office to prepare and monitor joint applications for EU funding.
Both Marie and Ignasi are part of the EARMA Thematic Group on European University Alliances, which presented a poster how Research managers and administrators can contribute to the further development of EUAs.
Round table Aurora at EARMA Conference 2023