An Open Letter from the Board of Management of European Federation of Psychology Students’ Associations
Just three weeks ago, between the 21st and 28th April, over three hundred psychology students from,across Europe were hosted at the Onyria Claros Resort, Izmir, Turkey, as guests of the 27th annual EFPSA Congress.
Over the course of seven days, participants were involved in an extraordinary programme of lectures and workshops set around the theme of ‘Understanding Cultural Differences’. Thank you to all speakers and students who contributed to the scientific programme – we hope you enjoyed your stay, learnt a great deal and will stay in touch with EFPSA!
While such a theme hints at an important field for psychological study, it also holds a very particular meaning for EFPSA itself. Built upon international collaboration between European Psychology students our organisation is one that takes great pride in its cultural diversity. As testament to this, the Congress also saw Malta become EFPSA’s 32nd Member Association.
In parallel to the scientific programme, EFPSA undertook its most industrious and integral weeks of the year. On Monday, a new Board of Management was elected, and this year’s Member Representatives assumed their responsibilities. On Tuesday the application process for the new Executive Board concluded with interviews for over fifty applicants. Later that evening the new Board was put to the test with a most challenging selection process – an inspiring and unique perspective on the talents and enthusiasm of so many individuals. By Wednesday morning a complete Executive Board was announced, and with a little help from the EFPSA trainers, by late afternoon the Board was already well underway in taking responsibility for their new roles. From there followed an astonishing amount of knowledge transfer between the old and the new, creative and fresh thinking on how we may take EFPSA to new heights, and a build up of momentum we can be sure to see carry the entire organisation through the year.
We would take this opportunity to acknowledge the Executive Board, Member Representatives and all those involved in the 2012/13 mandate – individuals who dutifully guided EFPSA over a most productive and exciting year. On behalf of the Board of Management, we would like to express our sincerest thanks to you all – your work through the year was of an extraordinary standard, something clear to see in the health of EFPSA as the new teams came into their positions. Equally, on behalf of the new Executive Board, we would like to thank you all for your time and efforts during the week in preparing us all for the year ahead!
A special acknowledgement must go to the previous Board of Management for all their effort in preparing for the change of mandate and in supporting the new Board of Management during their first few days in office. Your forethought and planning was reflected across several activities of the week and sets a high standard for our own handover next year.
Finally, our deepest gratitude must be extended to Yeşim Üzümcüoğlu, head of the Congress, and the organising committee for their work over the last two years in preparing for the event. Without a doubt, the Congress unfolded wonderfully, your hospitality was beyond question, and the week was full of surprises and moments that will no doubt stay with its participants for years to come. Your work was important on so many levels, not least in bringing hundreds of psychology students into touch with psychology, academics and the organisation itself, but also in providing the platform for the change of mandate, and all the internal meetings that go along with it. To have arranged all of this, in such beautiful surroundings, was phenomenal. I can only hope that you all enjoyed yourselves as much as we did as guests of the Congress, and that you’ve found time in the last few weeks for the rest that you all very much deserve – teşekkür ederim!
So now we turn our attention to the year ahead, and the bright future of EFPSA. Speaking from the perspective of the Board of Management, the organisation is in excellent shape and already teams are working earnestly on preparing their plans for the mandate. We will be bringing you further updates from teams about EFPSA activities at the end of this month. In the coming few days you can watch for updates to the EFPSA webpages – introducing the new members of the Executive Board and Member Representatives. We wish all readers the very best in their studies and hope to see you at an EFPSA event in the future.
William, Luís, Antea, Angie, Antoine, Mariyan and Spyra.