Call for Sessions, Conversation Streams and Workshops: Deadline January 30, 2024!

CARA is pleased to announce the Call for Sessions and Workshops for the 2024 Canadian Conference for Research Administrators in Calgary, AB! Submit an abstract here.

Here are some key details:

  • WORKSHOPS are scheduled for Sunday, May 12th, 2024, and are included in the conference registration fee. Typically lasting 3 hours, workshops include a break after the initial 90 minutes.
  • SESSIONS/CONVERSATION STREAMS will take place on Monday, May 13th, Tuesday, May 14th, and Wednesday, May 15th, each running for 45 minutes.

Submissions will undergo evaluation by the National Conference Planning Committee (NCPC) using the selection criteria outlined below. Collaborative presentations involving multiple presenters are encouraged, so don’t hesitate to connect with your peers.
To submit your proposal, please complete the online form available on our platform. When submitting, address the question on member engagement opportunities by describing planned interactions with presenters and/or among attendees (e.g., Q&A sessions, breakout groups for workshops, roundtable discussions).

Selection Criteria:

  1. Alignment with CARA’s Strategic Planning Elements: How does the proposal align with CARA’s strategic planning elements — professional development, professional excellence, and communities of practice.
  2. Organization and Definition: Clarity and organization of the submitted idea, considering that it may undergo further refinement.
  3. Relevance and Interest: Assessing the relevance and general interest of the idea to the broader research administration community or specific subsets, such as those involved in finance or proposal development.
  4. Opportunity for Attendee Engagement:
    • For Workshop Ideas (Scored 1 to 5): Evaluated based on the potential for attendee engagement.
    • For Sessions and conversation stream: Noted ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ regarding attendee engagement, with no numerical score assigned.

Some identified Hot Topics for sessions include:

  • Decolonizing research administration
  • Research Intelligence
  • Research Security
  • Intellectual Property
  • Industry Contracts/fee for service
  • Partnerships
  • Interdisciplinarity collaboration
  • Streamlining Research Administration
  • Interconnectedness
  • Adaptability
  • Research Administration unique roles
  • EDI – indigenous partnerships – how do you do it successfully?
  • Awards

There is Still Time to Apply for the Paddi O’Hara Award!

The recipient will be awarded $2,500!

The selected individual will receive a $2,500 honorarium. The winner will be announced at the 2024 N2 Annual Conference and can present their topic in the format they feel most comfortable delivering, such as a pre-recorded video, live webinar, or white paper.

This award was established in Paddi O’Hara’s memory to help shine a light on the importance of advancing ethical clinical research practice and education. It recognizes a member of the N2 community who has led an initiative that addresses an important topic in clinical research education or research ethics.

To apply yourself or nominate a colleague, just email the nominee’s name and project title or brief description to by February 9, 2024 by 5:00 PM EST.

Read the 2023 N2 Annual Report!

The past year has been a particularly exciting one. We wanted to create an opportunity to reflect on the highlights and collective successes as 2023 ends. In lieu of an end-of-year Community Forum,
we’ve opted to provide the following annual report, for you to take in on your own time and hopefully begin to wind down for a restful end-of-year season. Let’s pause to celebrate our successes in 2023, and importantly to rest and recharge.