Coffee Talks

Coffee Talks

Join us on your afternoon break for a casual conversation with peers to discuss and explore different topics from research administration. Coffee Talks are free for SRAI Full Members.  

  • Coffee Talks are a series of a one-hour virtual discussions.
  • Participants can earn a CEU (1 contact hour of education).
  • Subjects can range from hot topics in research administration to soft skills for the workplace.
SRAI's membership has a diverse roster of folks with many interesting perspectives and backgrounds. 

Let's get together and chat!

For questions, contact Debbie Appler.



Upcoming Coffee Talks

We Are Listening: Podcasters in Academia
September 28 | 2:00 pm ET

Presented on behalf of the Canadian Section of SRAI.

In this Coffee Talk, podcasters from the University of Toronto will discuss their journeys into podcasting from an institution to showcase research and researchers. This chat might inspire you to start your own podcast or think about how you might want to incorporate it as part of a communications plan.

Content Level: All Levels


Discussion Leaders:

Carla DeMarco
Academic Communications & Outreach Manager
Office of the Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean
University of Toronto Mississauga
Creator, Host, and Producer of VIEW to the U Podcast


Betsy Moss

Educator, Developer, Administrator
University of Toronto's Centre for Buddhist Studies
Creative Director of The Circled Square Podcast


Moderator: Terry Campbell, Assistant Vice-President, Research Services, University of Ottawa
Please register here.

Registration is free for SRAI Full Members and $25.00 for Non-Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

Not an SRAI Member? Review benefits and become a member


Submit questions for the Discussion Leaders in advance to Debbie Appler at srawebinars@srainternational.org.

Conducting Remote Clinical Trial Visits: Tips, Tricks and Pitfalls
October 20 | 2:00 pm ET

Conducting clinical trials in a remote environment offers both challenges and opportunities. From telemedicine to remote sample collection and surveys, hear from some experienced researchers who have been operating clinical trials with participants off-site. Hear about their tips and tricks for successfully conducting visits and still keeping the monitors happy. You’ll also hear about the pitfalls they’ve experienced so you can learn and ask questions. This will be an informal panel discussion with a variety of clinical research staff from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Content Level: Intermediate


Discussion Leaders:

Kristin Childers-Buschle
Clinical Research Coordinator III
Human Genetics Division
Cincinnati Children's Hospital


Tricia Cobb

Clinical Research Supervisor
Emergency Medicine Division
Cincinnati Children's Hospital


Andrea Meisman
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
Adolescent Medicine Division
Cincinnati Children's Hospital




Moderator: Kevin Titus, Business Director, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Please register here.

Registration is free for SRAI Full Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

Not an SRAI Member? Review benefits and become a member


Submit questions for the Discussion Leaders in advance to Debbie Appler at srawebinars@srainternational.org.

Internal Support: Planting the Seed
December 7 | 2:00 pm ET

Internal funding programs are used by many institutions to support and encourage research and creative activity. These programs are generally intended to enhance the ability of faculty to compete for external funding for their research or creative work, and/or lead to publications or juried exhibitions. Many are provided through an internal competition process that involves program guidelines and eligibility requirements. Our highly experienced panelists can speak to a range of Seed Funding topics, including Strategic Use of Seed Funds Aligned with Priority Funders, Seed Fund Return on Investment, Seed Funding Strategies, Managing Seed Funds, Seed Funds for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and Seed Fund budgets.

Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:


Cindy Clark

Assistant Director of Information, Training and Limited Submissions
The University of Oklahoma


Kerri Cross
Director of Research Administration, ISR
University of Michigan


Kimberly Eck, MPH, PhD
Associate Vice President for Research
Emory University


Jill Morris, M.Ed, CRA
Senior Grants Specialist
The Ohio State University, institute for Population Research


Moderator: Courtney Hunt, Program Director, Strategic Planning, Houston Methodist Academic Institute
Please register here.

Registration is free for SRAI Full Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

Not an SRAI Member? Review benefits and become a member


Submit questions for the Discussion Leaders in advance to Debbie Appler at srawebinars@srainternational.org.
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See what others are saying about Coffee Talks!


"Keep up the great work! Loved the interactive questions. Panelists were very adept at keeping the discussion on track and answering questions succinctly."
"I really enjoyed the format of this, and it was more interactive than I expected, which was nice. Great job!"
"I came away with several ideas that will help our office staff. I was happy I took the time to attend. An hour is manageable right now."
"The moderator of the session was exceptional. Exceptional!"