Sixth Postcard from the Board of Management 2017-2018

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There is no such thing as hibernation for EFPSA – the month of October has been full of hard work and preparations for many projects in the coming winter months! The Working Community was reunited in Maaseik, Belgium for the Joint Executive Board & Member Representatives Meeting between 15th – 21st October. The week was very productive and enriching – sending everyone home exhausted, yet happy and overwhelmed with good feelings! We would like thank all the participants for their contribution, the Teams that delivered various workshops, the Training Office and Trainers for delivering various trainings and the Organising Committee without whom this Event would not have been possible!

Board of Management
We are beyond pleased to introduce a new member within the Board of Management – Tea Jermanis was elected as the Marketing Officer for the remainder of the mandate!  We are very happy to have her on board and we look forward to the next 6 months! As for this month, we are currently busy with post-Event tasks, such as preparation of the upcoming e-voting and management of other ongoing projects, as well as new ones.

Services & Offices

Journal of European Psychology Students
The Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS) have been working on the manuscripts that are currently in review, as well as further developing the JEPS Bulletin. They are excited to have launched the JEPS Ambassadors project following a successful introduction given to the Working Community – stay tuned for more updates and follow their media to get involved.

Junior Researcher Programme
The Junior Researcher Programme (JRP) Research Groups are developing their work and are making good progress. The Team is happy to welcome Eleni Dimitriou as Junior Researcher Programme Conference 2018 Coordinator and are looking forward to cooperating with her and her team in development of the Conference.

Study & Travel Abroad
Following a successful Call, with 18 applications for interns at Person Centre in the Czech Republic, Study & Travel Abroad (STA) are very excited about an upcoming third Call and are collecting experience stories from interns at Willingness Malta, The Exchanges Team have been working on the development of materials and documents for exchanges and have been meeting various Member Organisations interested in developing EFPSA Exchanges. The Travel Network are developing new partners, while Study Abroad are updating the Masters map and developing PhD Programmes map. The team have also been working on their blog – look out for some very exciting and interesting content coming soon!

Training Office
The Training Office took the Joint EB&MR Meeting head on, preparing and developing the Training Programme for the week together the the Trainers who delivered during the Event. The Team is currently looking towards the future, making progressive adaptations and projects with the aim of continuing to increase and expand the EFPSA Training Community as well as the quality of Training across Europe.

Social Impact Initiative
The Social Impact Initiative (SII) have been working on the fourth wave of the Mind the Mind Campaign and are happy to announce that five new countries are now on board. They are also working on the developments on their blog.

External Relations Office
The External Relations Office is currently buzzing with great news – we are pleased to announce that EFPSA has just been elected as part of the management team of the the Informal Forum for International Student Organisations (IFISO) as elected during the Autumn Meeting where our External Relations Coordinator is currently representing EFPSA in Belgrade, Serbia. Meanwhile, the Policy Team is researching new policy and position papers and collecting psychology students’ knowledge and opinions on Suicide Prevention & Refugees & Migrants.

EFPSA Office
Apart from the usual maintenance work, the EFPSA Office is excited with the upcoming projects such as a registration platform for the Congress, a new website and an online platform where psychology students will be able to share calls for different psychology related projects, conferences, congresses and volunteering opportunities at both national and international level.

Finance Office
The Grants Team has been working on EYF 2018 grant, for which we have also applied for in the beginning of October. While also finalising the report for activities that were included in recent EYF grant. A member of the Operating Grant Management Task Force attended a meeting in Brussels, where she gained important information regarding this EACEA grant. The Partnerships Team was working on further structuring the EFPSA’s portfolio and reaching out to several companies for potential partnerships.

Marketing Office
The Marketing Office is working hard on preparing everything for EFPSA Day, as well as working on the project “Humans of EFPSA” and the new EFPSA promotional video. An updated CVI Brandbook is also being finalised. Besides that, the Marketing Office is working on editing all the photos from the Joint EB&MR Meeting and designing different materials for the EFPSA Working Community.

Members Office & Member Representatives
The Members Office and Member Representatives have been working on a lot of projects, including collecting photos of Boards of Member Organisations. At the Joint EB&MR Meeting, Member Representatives have voted on multiple proposals and have been attending several workshops and working sessions.

Events Office
Gazing back to the past month, we can note that is was a productive one for the Events Office. The team has been spending time with newly recruited Organising Committees (Org.Coms), including the Congress 2019 Org.Com, Train Advanced trainers (TAT) 2018 Org.Com and very soon, the Org.Com of the European Summer School (ESS) 2018 which is going to be held in the Netherlands next July! Upon working closely with the Training Office of EFPSA, TAT 2018 Org.Com is making rapid progress on the logistics of the project, working hard towards their goal of hosting trainers in wonderful Cyprus. Last but not least, every person within the Evens Office is focusing on the review of internal documents in order to make their work and the Org.Coms easier and more transparent.

Calls
Attention all trainers! We looking for the Train Advanced Trainers (TAT) 2018 Trainers’ Team Coordinator for the fifth edition of the Train Advanced Trainers (TAT) which will take place in Cyprus. The deadline for applications is 9th November 23:59 (CET) and more information can be found here.

EFPSA is also looking for the Joint EB&MR Meeting 2018 Coordinator! This is the perfect opportunity to work with psychology students from your country/region and gain experience in organising and hosting an exciting EFPSA Event! More details can be found here and the deadline for applications is 10th November 23:59 (CET).

We hope that you enjoyed catching up with the developments of EFPSA! Looking forward to sharing more updates with you at the end of November!