ARMA 2021: Keynote speakers announced

We’re thrilled to announce our keynote speakers for conference. In a first for ARMA, annual conference is taking place virtually from 5-7 October, with the title ARMA 2021: Responsible culture in a post-COVID world – inclusion and change. Book your place now at

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, Chief Executive, UK Research and Innovation

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser is the Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Regius Professor of Botany at the University of Cambridge. UKRI brings together the UK’s Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England, operating with a combined budget of £8bn per year. Prior to this Ottoline was Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, an interdisciplinary research institute.

Ottoline has a long-term interest in research culture and its effects on the quality and effectiveness of the research system. In 2017, she was appointed DBE for services to plant science, science in society and equality and diversity in science.

Angela Saini, Award-Winning Science Journalist, Broadcaster and Author

Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist. She presents science programmes on the BBC, and her writing has appeared in New Scientist, The Sunday Times, National Geographic and Wired. Her latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. Her previous book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, has been translated into thirteen languages.

Angela has a Masters in Engineering from the University of Oxford and was a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2020 she was named one of the world’s top 50 thinkers by Prospect magazine.

Dr Karen Salt, Deputy Director, R&D Culture and Environment, UK Research and Innovation

Based in UKRI, Dr Karen Salt is the Deputy Director for R&D Culture and Environment, a policy area that brings together teams working on ethics, research integrity, research and innovation culture, equality, diversity and inclusion and open research. She is also the senior-level policy lead within UKRI on Trusted Research, leading an integrated programme of work to safeguard the security and integrity of international collaborations and partnerships.

A sought after thought-leader and speaker, Karen works closely with senior leadership across Government, academia, civil society and industry and contributes to numerous international initiatives focused on embedding inclusive policymaking.

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