The month of February brings with it the tenth Postcard from the Board of Management, collecting all the exciting updates from the EFPSA Working Community. With less than two months left until the end of the mandate 2016-2017, the Executive Board, Member Representatives, as well as the Task Forces, and Event Organising Committees have been working hard to finalise the tasks on their Action Plans. Have a look below to see what our teams have been up to this past month!
February was a very productive month for the Board of Management who made their way to the capital of the European Union for their second Board of Management Meeting between the 11th – 17th February! While in Brussels, the Board of Management had the opportunity to evaluate their mandate and discuss various important topics crucial to the strategical development of the Federation, while also preparing for the change of mandate, among other tasks.
We also had the opportunity to meet with EFPSA alumnus, Edward van Rossen (EFPSA President 2000-2001), who provided us with some documentation from previous EFPSA mandates which gave us a significant insight into the history, growth and development of EFPSA! We are very thankful for these documents and we cannot wait to share what we have gathered with you.
The Call for the Board of Management 2017-2018 is now open! Follow this link for more information and for the application procedure.
On behalf of EFPSA, the Presidential Office, Clara Chetcuti and Nicola Falzon together with the External Relations Coordinator, Monika Schwärzler and Events Officer, Mónica Duarte are honoured to have shared and hosted the 3rd European Healthcare Students’ Associations Summit (EHSAS) which took place in Brussels, Belgium between 17th and 19th February 2017. Various topics related to the field of health-care, interprofessional collaboration and education were discussed, while also building the foundation for the development of the European Healthcare Students Associations network. We would like to thank the Head Office of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) for kindly providing us with a wonderful venue for our meeting. We would like to extend our gratitude to Valerie Boni, Ivana Marinovic and Sabine Steyaert for their constant help, including the organisational process of the meeting.
This Summit brought us together with the European Dental Students’ Association (EDSA), EPSA – European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association, EMSA – European Medical Students’ Association, as well as guests from the International Veterinary Students Association (IVSA) who joined us through Skype. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all the individuals present for their participation and for contributing to what we aspire to be to be a long-term project with concrete goals. Our sincerest thanks goes to Monika, for chairing and taking care of the necessary preparations for the Event.
With regards to policies, the Policy Coordinator, Reb Xiberras is currently finalising various policies which will be put forward for adoption at the General Assembly of the 31st EFPSA Congress in Gahk, Azerbaijan this coming April. In the meantime, within the EFPSA Office, the Content Review Responsible, Michaela Pace, has been busy reviewing content for Congress materials while the Administrative Support Responsible, Louise Camilleri has been developing the Internal Newsletter. The Finance Office was busy meeting with various EFPSA Organising Committees and sharing their knowledge and support on financial matters. Within the Marketing Office, the Content Coordinator, Catherine Friend, is developing an EFPSA Promotional Video while Team Members, Tiago Moderno and Tea Jermanis were working hard on designs for various teams. Meanwhile, the Members Office and Member Representatives are taking care of internal projects that are essential for the closing of the mandate.
For Study & Travel Abroad (STA) Team, this was the month of deal-making. For those travellers out there, we now have deals with 10 new hostels with discounts varying from 10% to 20%. More information on how you can make use of such discounts will be shared shortly, together with the list of participating hostels. Moreover, we have a 20% discount deal with HousingAnywhere.com, a peer-to-peer platform for longer term housing opportunities, perfect for people who study abroad for erasmus or masters! The Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS) have published a new blog posts entitled Magical 7±2 Tips for Psychologists Participating in a Hackathon, by former JEPS Editor Taavi Kivisk, who tells us how fun and engaging it can be, while also giving the opportunity to develop both one’s social and professional network. If you want to learn more about JEPS, check out their latest video and spread the word!
As the European Summer School (ESS) 2017 is slowly approaching, the EFPSA Junior Researcher Programme (EFPSA JRP) Team has been focusing on promoting the Event among psychology students and PhD candidates. Moreover, it has been announced that the 11th ESS will take place in Cyprus. Meanwhile, the JRP Conference and Internship Organising Committee has been working on securing lecturers and fundraising for these Events. The Social Impact Initiative (SII) Team are working hard on the development of Better Together, their latest campaign in collaboration with the Training Office. The campaign will kick-start in May this year and the recruitment of volunteers will start during March, so everyone interested in participating keep track of our page to get more details on the Campaign. The Project Responsible, Rebecca Hjemdahl, is doing a great job on broadening the impact of Open Access and is currently collaborating with Laura Griffin and Martin Holst, Team Members within JEPS and the External Relations Office on creating the Policy Paper on Open Access. We are also happy to note that increasingly more organisations showed interest on collaborating with SII on our Mind the Mind Campaign and we are very satisfied with the progress made on impacting European society, especially after adapting materials for adults and younger children.
The first edition of EFPSA Academy is approaching and the Organising Committee is looking forward to welcome NGO volunteers in Olomouc, Czech Republic from the 3rd – 5th March 2017. Under the motto “be outstanding – be different – be the future”, this three-day long Event is aimed to empower youth volunteers on the topic “Project Innovation”. EFPSA Train Advanced Trainers 2017 Organising Committee is working on the last details of this Event which will happen between the 18th – 26th March 2017 in Viseu, Portugal. The EFPSA Congress 2017 Organising Committee has been intensively working to provide a great experience to the participants, particularly regarding the travel to and from Azerbaijan. Having this in mind, we are happy to announce that Turkish Airlines is the official 31st EFPSA Congress airline providing discounts to Congress participants.
That is all from the month of February! We hope you have enjoyed reading our updates and look forward to writing the next Postcard.
Board of Management 2016-2017
Clara, Nicola, Jolien, Ana, Maciej, Artemis & Mónica