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Call for Speakers

Submission is now closed.

We are inviting potential speakers and presenters to submit an abstract for consideration for the ARMA Annual Conference to be held on 18 & 19 June 2024 in the vibrant city of Brighton.


We have employed a new approach in developing a conference programme for ARMA 2024. Following a review of suggestions from our call for conference topics, the Conference Working Group identified nine themes and conducted market research over the Summer to determine what should be covered under the themes. The Working Group has developed a range of parallel sessions for ARMA 2024 that address the needs of the research management community.


We are now looking for speakers or presenters for the parallel sessions. Please select one of the pre-defined sessions and articulate how you could cover some or all of the session content. This opportunity is open to ARMA members and non-members.


Learn more about the parallel sessions for the following conference themes by clicking each one below.


Artificial intelligence

Engaging policy makers

Ethics & integrity



REF and research assessment

Research culture

Research management careers

Trusted research

Download a full list of the parallel sessions.


We are open to adapting the content in these sessions to a degree and this will form one aspect of the assessment of whether you are selected. We particularly welcome submissions from presenters/speakers with diverse viewpoints and opinions. 


Tell Your Colleagues! Do you know colleagues who would make great speakers? Please share the Call for Speakers and encourage them to submit an abstract for consideration.


Or you may have your own session ideas! We welcome submissions of new session ideas that address specific areas not covered by the range of parallel sessions. Whether it explores a new theme or other aspects of the pre-defined sessions, we want to hear from you. Please note that session authors will be required to detail and secure all speakers/presenters. The sessions must be 1hr 15 mins long and authors must advise on any AV setup requirements that may be needed and room setup details.


Important dates:

Call for Speaker Opens: 11 December 2023

Call for Speakers Deadline: 26 January 2024        

Notification of Review Outcome: 8 March 2024 

Deadline for accepted presenters to register to confirm attendance: 22 March 2024


For queries or more information:

If you have any questions, please do get in touch. You can contact the Conference team using the following email addresses:


ARMA Conference team (programme and session information):

Abstract submission system and conference registration:


Speaker entitlements

If you are selected as a speaker, you will be entitled to a reduced conference ticket to attend the whole two-day conference, including all pre- and post- conference sessions, and all social activities. Speakers are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.


Abstracts will not be selected if they appear to directly promote any products or services, or are of a commercial nature.


You will receive a link to register at the reduced speaker rate (50% off) when your abstract acceptance notification is sent out, so please don’t register until then.

Presentation Type

An abstract can be submitted for presentation at the Conference in a number of formats to focus on one of the key strands outlines below. The formats that will be considered include: 

  • Interactive workshop: short

  • Interactive workshop: long

  • PechaKucha presentations

  • Short Presentation

  • Panel discussion


At the review stage, the Conference Working Group may invite presenters to change the suggested presentation type to create a more cohesive conference programme. For example, a presenter suggesting an interactive workshop might be invited to be part of a panel discussion instead. Presenters will be given time to decide if they would like to accept this invitation.


Interactive workshop:

  • Interactive workshops are spaces where delegates can learn from each other. The format should focus on providing some introductory information to the topic, with the majority of each session dedicated to peer learning. Session types might include group discussions, group exercises, table teams (turning interactive exercises into a competition within the session), campfire sessions (where a facilitator introduces a topic and drives the discussion but the content is developed through discussion), or other approaches to peer learning.

  • Short workshops should be 30 minutes in duration.

  • Long workshops should be 75 minutes in duration.

  • The session should not only be for gathering information.


Pecha Kucha:

  • Speed presentations are designed to encourage those that have not presented long sessions before to get involved. The example of the speed presentation that we are inviting is a Pecha Kucha, where presentations will show 20 slides, and presenters will spend 20 seconds on each slide before the slides advance automatically. The presentation will be 6 minutes and 40 seconds in total. Presentations will be concise and fast-paced.

  • Presentations will be grouped in a short or long session, to include time for discussion.

Short presentation

  • Short presentations are concise talks lasting 15 minutes.

  • Presentations may be grouped in a short or long session and will include time for discussion and questions.


Panel discussion:

  • Panel discussions are designed to provide different points of view on a particular topic. They should include up to four participants, each of which should be given time to present their views. Time should be available for session attendees to discuss the issues in detail.

  • Suggestions for panel discussions must include details of the full panel, and the breadth of perspectives being explored. We will not be matching individuals to create panels.

  • Panel discussions should be 75 minutes in duration.

Please see Call for Posters here.

The Submission Process

During the submission process you'll be asked to submit your abstract for your proposed talk/presentation under one of the nine themes.


The abstract submission and review process for ARMA’s annual conference 2024 will be through an online abstract submission system. As a first-time user, you must register and create an account before being directed to the submission portal.


You will be asked to input information under the following sections:


  • Title (word limit: 15). The title should allude to the content of your talk/presentation, but you can be as creative as you wish!

  • Session. Select a session within the chosen theme.

  • Presenter Details. You will need to provide your contact details, biography, and a profile image. Biographies should be max 100 words in paragraph format and written in third person reverse chronological order. Profile images should be a high-resolution, head and shoulders shot.  

  • Abstract (word limit: 200). Enter your abstract of your talk/presentation. Explain what you are trying to achieve with your content, any background research or practice it’s based on and what benefits the delegates will get from attending.

  • Presentation Type. Please indicate whether your talk will be a panel discussion, speed presentation (Pecha Kucha), interactive workshop (short) or interactive workshop (long).

  • Presentation Plan (word limit: 200). Describe what your talk will look like, how you will present the information and run the session. This plan will be reviewed alongside your abstract as part of the selection process.

What will you need to do if your abstract is selected?

If selected, you will deliver your very own talk at conference taking place during a parallel session on days 1 or 2 of the conference in Brighton. The parallel sessions will be scheduled to ensure a balanced programme and so speakers won’t be able to choose when their session is.


Preparation will vary depending on the presentation type selected, but whatever type you go for, we will do our best to ensure you are clear about what is required throughout the process.

Terms and conditions

  • The abstract submitted is in English.

  • A presenter can submit multiple abstracts, providing each submission is different.

  • The review panel reserves the right to ask presenters to change presentation type to create a more cohesive conference programme.

  • Submission grants ARMA the right to publish the text of the abstract along with the names and affiliations, posters, PowerPoint presentations, videos and/or additional documents as requested on the conference website.

  • In publishing any conference related content, ARMA shall acknowledge and attribute the co-authors of such content.

  • I confirm that this submission has been approved by all authors.

  • I confirm that if accepted for presentation, the presenting author will register and pay the appropriate fee to attend the meeting and give the presentation.

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