Third Postcard from the Board of Management 2017-2018

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The EFPSA Working Community is already in its third month of the mandate, and what a busy three months it has been already! Despite the summer holidays, the Working Community has been working very hard on all the different projects and tasks currently underway in EFPSA and are very excited to be sharing their updates.

Board of Management

Clara Chetcuti (President), Nicola Falzon (Vice President), Mónica Duarte (Secretary General)  and Erika Kajátiová (Member Representatives Officer) attended the 15th European Congress of Psychology (ECP) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands between 11th – 14th July where they were given the opportunity to chaperone four award winners throughout the week. We would like to congratulate Prof. Susan Fiske for the 2017 Wundt James Award, Dr. Dave Bartram for the 2017 Robert Roe Award, Con Amore for the 2017 Aristotle Prize and Dr. David Ebert for the 2017 Comenius Award. We would also like to thank the European Federation of Psychology Associations (EFPA) for this amazing opportunity!

Following the ECP, Clara and Monica also attended the EFPA General Assembly which took place in Amsterdam between 15th – 16th July. Once again, we would like to thank EFPA for the invitation and to congratulate Slovenia which will be hosting the European Congress of Psychology in 2021. Meanwhile, Andreas Anthimou (Events Officer) represented the Board of Management at the European Summer School 2017, a highly successful Event hosted in Cyprus between the 10th – 17th July.

The Executive Board and Member Representative Skype Reports are currently underway, giving the Presidential Office the opportunity to check in with the teams, receive and give feedback and review the mandate so far, while looking into various other matters. In the meantime the Board of Management has been busy discussing various matters during their weekly Board of Management Meetings and have also been preparing for the various EFPSA Events that they will be attending in the coming months.

Offices

In regards to the External Relations Office, presently, the Policy Team is working on two policies – ‘Suicide Prevention Policy’ and ‘Refugees and Migrants Policy’. For each policy a survey is currently being developed; this will be sent out to the Working Community for piloting at the end of August. The surveys aim at acquiring information about the students’ knowledge and perspective about the policy topic to be tackled, hence, incorporating the voice of European Psychology Students in our policies. Valerija Vidović (External Relations Coordinator) also had the opportunity to attend the ECP, where they established various contacts for possible collaboration.

The EFPSA Office has been supporting the Working Community by reviewing documents and working on administrative matters as well as distributing updated protocols on content reviewing. The team is finally complete with the recently approved Web Support Coordinator, Patrick Reisinger who has been working on improving EFPSA’s website and helping the teams with any IT issues.

Within the Finance Office, the Partnerships Team has been working hard on further developing our collaborations with our Partners; such as the partnership contract with Eurosender, and international shipping company, which has been prolonged. The end date of the contract is 2099, so for the upcoming 82 years EFPSA and it’s students can make use of their service at discounted rates, while the contract is still active. Almost all EFPSA member countries/regions are covered, and the rest is hopefully following soon. The best thing about sending packages via Eurosender, is that the mailman will pick up the package at your own home (or whatever place you choose), and then delivers it in whatever country/region you choose. Also, the lowest price is always guaranteed. Whenever you need to send a package, go to www.eurosender.com, and use the coupon code “ORANGEBOX” for you to get a 10% discount. At the same time, EFPSA receives 1 euro for each package sent using this coupon code. Meanwhile the Grants Team together with the Finance Officer, Luc Horvat, met for a Train Advanced Trainers Evaluation Meeting in the Netherlands, in regards to the European Youth Foundation of the Council of European Grant. The Marketing Office has been working hard on developing various videos for the EFPSA Working Community while the Members Office has been overseeing the various tasks of the Member Representatives. Finally, the Events Office has been very busy overseeing and supporting various Organising Committees in the organisation of their Events, which you can read more about below.

Events

Along with the completion of the 11th EFPSA European Summer School hosted in Cyprus, the first EFPSA Event for this summer has been successfully completed with the valuable participation of 42 students and supervisors deriving from 18 different countries. The participants enjoyed a life changing scientific programme that will continue through the upcoming year under the EFPSA Junior Researcher Programme, with them participating in research projects aiming for personal development and academic distinction. Although the very warm weather made it hard to work, the coastal location of the venue comforted the situation, leaving the young researchers reading articles on the wonderful beaches of Cyprus. Taking all that into consideration, we are now turning our lights on the currently on going 8th EFPSA Train the Trainers Summer School being hosted in the Netherlands. Moreover, the Junior Researcher Programme Conference is opening its gates on Tuesday 1st of August in wonderful Dublin, Ireland for its participants to present the seeds of their hard work from last year’s research projects, leaving the Events Office working hard on the upcoming events for this fall such as the EFPSA Conference, being hosted in Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Joint Executive Board & Member Representatives Meeting, being hosted in Belgium. Final touches are being made by Organising Committees to ensure the best outcomes possible for the involved EFPSA Community.

Services

The 2017-2018 cohort of the Junior Researcher Programme met in Paphos, Cyprus and had a really successful week during the European Summer School, where they started their project work and got to know all the other researchers and their supervisors. Now that they have graduated from the European Summer School (ESS) they have officially started the Junior Researcher Programme 2017-2018 and will continue to follow on the foundation built at the ESS for the 13 months of research on different topics of developmental and educational psychology. Meanwhile the Junior Researcher Programme 2016-2017 is soon coming a close with the JRP Conference and Internships taking place throughout the month of August. We wish the best of luck to both cohorts of Junior Researchers.

Study and Travel Abroad has been busy updating a survey that will be sent to Member Representatives to fill in regarding Masters and PhD programmes, creating a CVI template to post different fun facts, accepting hosts on the travel network group as well as contacting various other hostels and getting in contact with several alumni to get more internship opportunities. The first Internship will be hosted at Willingness Malta, and the Internships Team within the Service have been working hard on further developing EFPSA Internships following the first successful proceeding. It will also be issuing a call for all Psychology Member Organisations that would like to organise an exchange in the upcoming year or two. Study and Travel Abroad has continued regularly posting on the Instagram account as well as Snapchat (efpsasta).  Like their Facebook page for more updates !

The Social Impact Initiative is closing up the third wave of the Mind the Mind Campaign. They have received a lot of evaluations from the Local Coordinators, trainers and volunteers, and now they will be processing them in order to improve the campaign for the next, fourth wave. They are also finishing the report for the second wave of the Campaign, which is to be out soon. Meanwhile the team is also looking into developing new and exciting projects such as an SII Blog and Organised Acts of Kindness App, stay tuned for updates!

The Training Office is currently working very hard at the Train the Trainers Summer School, currently taking place in the Netherlands, where they are paving the way for 12 highly motivated individuals to become Trainer Candidates and eventually EFPSA Trainers. Meanwhile the Journal of European Psychology Students have continued to receive and work on multiple manuscripts, while also continuing to develop their blog.

Calls

We are also glad to inform you that the Call for Local Coordinators for the Better Together Campaign is open until the 25th August 2017 23:59 CEST. Follow the link above for further information regarding this new Campaign from Social Impact Initiative. New calls for Organising Committees will be open during the month of August so do not miss these opportunities to get involved!

We hope you enjoyed reading the updated for the month of July and we look forward to providing you with more exciting updates next month with our fourth Board of Management Postcard. In the meantime we hope you are enjoying your summer holidays and wish luck to any students currently finishing any theses or that are taking part in any activities or projects throughout the summer months.

With warm regards,

Clara, Nicola, Mónica, Luc, Tiago, Erika & Andreas
Board of Management 2017-2018

Call for Local Coordinators for Better Together Campaign

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Better Together is the latest campaign which the Social Impact Initiative has been developing. In collaboration with EFPSA’s Training Office, this project was kindly supported and financed by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe, which is oriented towards empowering youths for building more inclusive societies.

The campaign itself is envisioned to follow in the successful ‘Mind the Mind’ Campaign path with a cycle of 5 workshops focused on tackling common misconceptions which ultimately lead to discrimination. By educating secondary level students on the basic concepts behind prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination and addressing different types of discrimination we hope to raise empathy and consequently, create a more positive attitude towards building a more inclusive society. The workshops will be organised with the help of local volunteers.

EFPSA Social Impact Initiative (SII) is currently looking for Local Coordinators for our new campaign: “Better Together”

We are looking for psychology students or graduates who have:

  • experience with event organising
  • effective communication
  • social awareness
  • social responsibility

By gathering a group of volunteers and implementing a meaningful campaign, YOU can help decrease discrimination and increase social inclusion, by educating high-school students about discrimination and its prevention through a cycle of interactive workshops. Join the campaign and be one of the many psychology students around Europe who will make a change!

Join the campaign and be one of the many psychology students around Europe who will make a change! Have a look at the Role Description here and apply here by 25th August 2017, 23:59 CEST!

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Second Postcard from the Board of Management 2017-2018

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The second month of the EFPSA mandate turned out to be a highly demanding period for most EFPSA teams who have been developing their projects since the Congress in Azerbaijan, while at the same time everybody is getting the pace of their new roles. Nevertheless, this month is leaving us as quick as it greeted us with the promise of exciting news and events to come!

Board of Management

The Board of Management has been preoccupied with of the maintenance and conduct of e-voting for various matters such as the approval of Board of Management Action Plans and EFPSA Preliminary Budget 2017-2018, the approval of Executive Board 2017-2018 and finally, the selection of 33rd  EFPSA Congress Host & Congress 2019 Coordinator everyone has been so eagerly waiting! Equally important have been the preparations for 15th European Congress of Psychology (ECP) which is going to be held in Amsterdam between the 11th and 14th of July. Thanks to a wonderful opportunity and collaboration with EFPA and the ECP Organising Committee, Clara Chetcuti (President), Nicola Falzon (Vice President), Mónica Duarte (Secretary General) and Erika Kajátiová (Member Representatives Officer) will be attending as EFPSA representatives and will be chaperoning award winners during their stay at the Congress.

External Relations Office

The first online meeting of the European Health Students’ Associations (EHSA) network took place this month where representatives from European Medical Students’ Associations (EMSA), European Dental Students’ Association (EDSA), European Federation of Psychology Students’ Associations (EFPSA) and European Pharmaceutical Students’ Associations (EPSA) updated one another on the progress of tasks which were delegated at the Summit last February.  Additionally, Valerija Vidovic (External Relations Coordinator) will also be attending the ECP in July where she will be manning the EFPSA stand, sharing information about the Federation and networking with students, academics and professionals alike.

Members Office and Member Representatives

The Member Representatives have been busy promoting different Calls throughout the past month. On the first Monday of June, Member Representatives had their first Skype Meeting which was really fruitful. They have also voted in their first e-voting of the mandate, while the Members Office have successfully started working on its projects.

Finance Office

The Finance Office has made the proposition of the financial plan for the mandate. The Grants Team was monitoring the progress of the project which included the grants that we have received for this mandate. We have also been working on the plan for European Youth Foundation Grant related evaluation meeting regarding EFPSA’s Train Advanced Trainers (TAT) 2017 and the Partnerships Team was rearranging the partnerships structure and updating EFPSA’s portfolio.

Events Office

The Events Office has been working along with the EFPSA Conference 2017 Organisation Committee and the Joint EB & MR Meeting 2017 Organisation Committee to aid them in their respectable effort of securing Venues for the events. In addition, after some help from the Marketing Office, everything is set for the outset of the Junior Researcher Programme Conference & Internships 2017 in beautiful Dublin, Ireland in the beginning of August.

Turning to other events, both Information Packages for Train the Trainers Summer School 2017 and European Summer School 2017 were made available for the participants and the events are just outside our doors! Moreover, the selection of the participants of Train the Trainers Summer School 2017 has been successfully completed and 12 out of 56 applicants will be in the joyful position of starting their journey of becoming trainers. The Events Office and the Training Office thanks all the applicants for the event and wishes them to never give up on their dreams of potentially becoming trainers!

Let us not forget that in less than two weeks, the European Summer School 2017 is starting and the Organising Committee is waiting for the participants to arrive in the exotic island of Cyprus! Furthermore, the team has been working non-stop on fundraising for the event and other small details in order to make this experience a memorable one!

Services

The Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS)  have received multiple submissions during the past two months in the mandate and have seen through three manuscripts to the editing stage. In the meantime they have published their second blog post for the mandate on the topic of ‘How to stop being busy and come productive’, a very interesting read that can be found here.

The overlapping mandate of the Junior Researcher Programme (JRP) Team, following the approval of the programme’s restructuring during the first General Assembly at the Congress in Azerbaijan, has seen the two JRP Teams working in parallel. While the JRP Team 2016-2017 is making great progress in the organising the upcoming JRP Conference and Internships 2017 in Dublin, Ireland, the JRP Team 2017-2018 is currently receiving knowledge transfer and communicating with the new participants for the upcoming European Summer School in Cyprus. Meanwhile, Lena Steubl (JRP Coordinator 2017-2018) has been conducting interviews together with Nicola Falzon (Vice President) for the Mentor and Advisors of the upcoming Junior Researcher Programme, commencing once the participants graduate from the European Summer School. We are happy to announce that the Mentor 2017-2018 has been selected and we have welcomed Prof. Nancy Papathanasiou from Greece, who will host the JRP Conference and Internships 2018 in Athens, Greece. More updates will be coming soon regarding the upcoming JRP.

The EFPSA Training Office (TO) was busy selecting the participants for the upcoming Train the Trainers Summer School, one of the most sought after EFPSA Training Events. 12 lucky participants have been selected from a pool of 56 applicants and will be making their way to Amsterdam, the Netherlands in just over a month’s time. Meanwhile, the team has organised a face-to-face meeting in the Czech Republic, hosted by Markéta Pešoutová (TO Coordinator), where they held various working sessions and also developed their action plan for the mandate.  

The Study & Travel Abroad Team have been busy updating the Database for Masters and PhD Programmes while also sharing Calls that are open on their facebook page. Various hostels have been contacted for partnerships and progress is being made in this regard in order to further update the database where the Travel Network Membership Cards can be used; you can access the map with all of our partner hostels here. Meanwhile the team has been making use of their newly established snapchat, don’t forget to add us on efpsasta! Finally the team has been working on the Call for the first EFPSA Interns, in collaboration with Willingness, a multidisciplinary team focusing on family, sex and health, who will be hosting the internships in Malta.

Calls

We are also glad to inform you that up to the present time, both Calls for Train Advanced Trainers 2018 Coordinator and 2nd EFPSA Academy 2017 Coordinator are respectively receiving an extension. Under those circumstances, we are eagerly waiting for any enthusiastic and willing people to apply! In addition, EFPSA is proud to announce that its very first Internship platform is up and running under the supervision of the Study & Travel Abroad Service and the Call for interns has been extended and closes tonight at 23.59 CET, so apply here now!

The Call for the Train Advanced Trainers 2018 Coordinator has been extended!

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“Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings” ~Linda Thompson

What do you think about hosting an event in which you can meet friends from all over Europe, get inspired by their experience and motivation, learn more about training in NGO’s, help young trainers reach their goal of life-long learning and receive some free training sessions yourself? What would you say if it was possible to organise the 5th edition of EFPSA’s famous Train Advanced Trainers and get in contact with trainers from different NGOs all over Europe?

“Being part of Org.Com is being a bigger than just yourself. It’s about being someone that leads everyone else to a week full of happiness.” ~ Mariana Magalhães (Train Advanced Trainer 2017 Coordinator)

Does that sound exciting? Lucky you!

After our first four successful editions in Lithuania, Finland, Poland and Portugal, EFPSA is now opening the Call for applications for the Coordinator and Organising Committee (Org.Com) of the 5th EFPSA Train Advanced Trainers in March 2018. During this 8-day event of non-formal education, 24 youth NGO trainers further develop their skills and knowledge by receiving training from both professionals and their peers, and also through delivering sessions, receiving feedback and doing reflection. TAT enables trainers to grow professionally, heighten their motivation, establish a network, share experiences and make lifelong friendships.

So what’s in it for you? The Organising Committee of TAT will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Bring together people from many NGO’s and get a look on the inside of other NGO’s
  • Contribute to the development of 24 European Youth Trainers
  • Network with some of the best European Youth Trainers and have the possibility to contact them in the future for trainings in your own association
  • The possibility to organise and attend an Open Training Day (OTD) with the Trainers who participate in TAT and thus contribute to the development of local students
  • Participate at a number of training sessions in the event
  • Get experience with organising a training event in order to develop yourself as an aspiring trainer

EFPSA Train Advanced Trainers Organising Committee will work closely with the Events Office and Training Office and have the support of Marketing, Finance and EFPSA Offices.

Some tips to get you started:

  1. Check the website of the former TATs to see what TAT is about.
  2. Read the TAT Coordinator Role Description and the General Prerequisites Document.
  3. Recruit motivated students from your Member Organisation or university to form the Organising Committee.
  4. Brainstorm on ideas and plans for the venue, topic, fundraising and more. Ask the Training Office, Events Office and former Org.Com for help and input if needed!
  5. Search for possible partnerships with other local student organisations that might be interested in getting involved.
  6. Download and fill the application form and send it along with your CV and proof of studies to applications@efpsa.org until 30th June 2017 23:59 (CEST).

If you have any other comments or questions, feel free to contact Andreas Anthimou, Events Officer at events@efpsa.org.

We are looking forward to your applications! Good luck!

EFPSA Call for Interns has been extended!

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Attention all those looking for internships! The Call for Interns has been extended!

EFPSA is pleased to announce the first internship opportunities brought forward by our very own Study & Travel Abroad Service. This Internship is in collaboration with Willingness Malta, a multidisciplinary team of professionals focusing on sex, family and health.

The internship will consist of research projects, event management, helping in setting up of new services, presentations, discussing clients, assisting diverse managers in running of services, attending multi-disciplinary meetings, and attending multi-disciplinary case reviews among other activities.

Information:

Location: Zebbug, Malta
Duration: 2 months, August and September 2017
Spots: 5 interns will be selected
Requirements: Bachelor, Master, or PhD level psychology students; students who graduated within the past 2 years are also eligible.
Terms: The internship will be unpaid, and interns would be responsible for covering their living costs including insurance during their internship. It is recommended to apply for funding opportunities such as Erasmus + grants.

Application deadline: 25th June 2017, 23.59 CET

Contact sta@efpsa.org or internships@efpsa.org for any questions or queries, and apply today by filling in this application form!

The Call for the 2nd EFPSA Academy 2017 Coordinator has been extended!

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EFPSA is now opening the Call for applications for the Coordinator and Organising Committee (Org.Com) of the 2nd EFPSA Academy, which will take place in December 2017. During this 3-day long event of non-formal education, approximately 25 youth volunteers from different NGOs within Europe will get the chance to develop a specific skill that is relevant for their work in the NGO, by receiving high quality workshops and trainings, by both professionals and NGO trainers. The theme of the EFPSA Academy changes for every edition, depending on the needs and current developments within youth NGOs. The theme of EFPSA Academy 2017 will be established shortly by the EFPSA Training Office. EFPSA Academy empowers NGOs within Europe by enabling volunteers to develop professionally, establish a network, heighten their motivation and share experiences.

As an Organising Committee you will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Bring together many NGOs, get a look on the inside of other NGOs and build your network with motivated youth volunteers
  • Make more international connections
  • Contribute to the development of 25 European Youth Volunteers
  • Participate in some of the training sessions and workshops and develop crucial skills you need as a volunteer
  • Gain experience with organising a training event and thus develop yourself

The EFPSA Academy Organising Committee will work closely with the Events Office and Training Office and will have the support of Marketing Office, EFPSA Office and Finance Office.

Here is how you can get started and get ready to apply:

  1. Read the EFPSA Academy Coordinator Role Description and the General Prerequisites Document.
  2. Recruit motivated students from your Member Organisation or university to form the Organising Committee.
  3. Brainstorm on ideas and plans for the venue, fundraising and more. Ask the Training Office, Events Office and former Organising Committee for help and input if needed!
  4. Search for possible partnerships with other local student organisations that might be interested in getting involved.
  5. Search for possible partnerships with other local student organisations that might be interested in getting involved.
  6. Download and fill in the application form and send it along with your CV and proof of studies to applications@efpsa.org until Friday 30th June 2017 23:59 (CEST).

If you have any other comments or questions, do not hesitate to contact Andreas Anthimou, Events Officer at events@efpsa.org.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications!

Call for EFPSA Alumni Board 2017-2019

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Alumnus, alumna – ‘A former member of a group, company, or organisation’ (Oxford Dictionary)

We are pleased to open the Call for the Alumni Board 2017-2019. The Alumni Board represents the Alumni Network – a formal body that unites all former members of EFPSA with the aim to support EFPSA based on the experience within the network and create a networking platform among EFPSA Alumni network members in accordance with the Statutes of EFPSA. The mandate lasts for two consecutive years and implies maintaining the virtual communication tools of EFPSA Alumni Network and their activities, as well as the communication with EFPSA, support and advising of the currently active members.

Who can apply?

  • Anyone who previously held an official position within the EFPSA Working Community.

How can you apply?

  • To express your interest, please send a motivational statement (250 words max.) together with your Proof per Position document (if you held multiple positions over the time, it is enough to send only one Proof per Position document) to ipp@efpsa.org

How does it work?

  • After the deadline, we will open the online voting for the Alumni Network where all the alumni, except for the applicants, will have a chance to vote for the applicants they find suitable to be in these positions based on their motivational statements. Upon the ending of the online voting, the previous Alumni Board and the Immediate Past President will meet to discuss the applicants, taking into account the recommendation obtained from the Alumni Network online voting.

When can you apply?

  • The deadline is Tuesday 20th June, 23:59 (CEST)

If you have any comments or questions, do not hesitate to contact ipp@efpsa.org.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications!

First Postcard from the Board of Management 2017-2018

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It has been four weeks since the 31st EFPSA Congress in Gakh, Azerbaijan where the Board of Management and Executive Board commenced their mandate and we are very excited to be sharing many updates from our teams, partners and associates, via our first Board of Management postcard for the mandate 2017-2018.

Board of Management
Nicola Falzon, Vice President, attended the Presidential Council Meeting of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) in Zurich, Switzerland on 5th May 2017, where she started laying the groundwork for further collaboration with EFPA regarding policies and endorsement. Moreover, Clara Chetcuti, President, and Nicola held the first face to face Presidential Office Meeting for the mandate, where they discussed various matters in preparation for the mandate ahead. Collectively, the Board of Management has been preparing for the upcoming e-voting, where our Member Representatives will be voting upon various proposals, including the selection of the EFPSA Congress 2019 Coordinator and thus the host country/region of the 33rd EFPSA Congress.

Offices & Services
The first month of this mandate has been busy and productive for all teams within EFPSA, who are currently hard at work on the development of their Action Plans for the mandate.

External Relations Office
Simona Gorjan (SII Development Responsible 2016-2017) attended the European Pharmaceutical Students’ Associations (EPSA) Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia where she had the opportunity to represent EFPSA and deliver a workshop on the Mind the Mind Campaign. We would like to thank everyone who attended the workshop and EPSA for the warm welcome to the event. The External Relations Coordinator has been busy preparing an outline of external events for the mandate, as well as goals for each event. Additionally, the Policy Team has been working on familiarising themselves with their roles and dividing the work for the upcoming year.

EFPSA Office
The EFPSA Office has been reviewing Calls and documents for the Organising Committees and planning the goals for the mandate. Interviews for the position of Web Support Coordinator have been held so the Office should be complete soon. Furthermore, they have been busy organising a livestream for the EFPSA Congress 2019 Coordinator applicants to present their proposal and plans to organise this Event.

Finance Office
The Grants Team is in the middle of evaluating and rearranging the projects included in European Youth Foundation from the Council of Europe grant. Also, in cooperation with Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS), they are preparing to apply for a Mozilla grant for a completely new project. The Partnerships Team is updating the portfolio and brainstorming about new partnership connections. The Office is working on the budget for the new mandate and collecting information about financial structure and obligations for organisations registered in Belgium.

Marketing Office
The Marketing Office is currently busy editing and selecting the photos from the 31st EFPSA Congress as well as reviewing and creating materials for various teams and supporting them with materials.

Member Representatives Office
We would like to officially welcome Psihesko (Skopje, Macedonia) as a Member Organisation and Virtus (Montenegro) as an Observer Organisation within EFPSA, after their formal approval at the General Assembly in Azerbaijan. We are very happy to have you on board and we look forward to our collaboration this upcoming year.

Events Office
The Events Office has been overseeing the work of the Train the Trainers 2017 Organising Committee, and has been collaborating with the Training Office on various Calls. Additionally, the Events Office has been working with the Congress 2018 Organising Committee on ensuring a great Congress in 2018.

Journal of European Psychology Students
Following the Congress in Azerbaijan, JEPS is proud to welcome four new members to the Editorial Team. They are excited to announce the JEPS Ambassador programme with the goal of creating a network of psychology students interested in and excited about science who will collaborate with JEPS on promoting student publishing opportunities. More details about this programme will be revealed shortly so stay tuned. Meanwhile, they have posted their first bulletin for the mandate which was an exciting interview with none other than Prof. Chris Chambers!

Study & Travel Abroad
The Study & Travel Abroad team has been working tirelessly since the Congress, kicking off with the second EFPSA exchange happening between Malta and Croatia. If your Member Organisation would like to organise an exchange do not hesitate to contact us. With regards to the Study Abroad area of the Service, the team is working on updating a new google form that will contain even richer information about studying abroad; this time also including information about PhDs and this will be sent out to our amazing Member Representatives.

In regards to the Travel Network, the team is working on the second wave of partner hostels to continue increasing the number, this time also including affordable hotels! They are also constantly updating the Facebook group and reposting pictures on our Instagram account. Do not forget to use #efpsasta when travelling! We are also proud to announce that the team has secured the first partnership opportunity which will be happening between August and September – a Call will be open soon so stay tuned! They are also in contact with other universities for more internship offers. STA is working towards gathering more experience stories from studying abroad, exchanges, internships or just travelling! If you want to share your experience go ahead and submit it here. They are also working on a system to purchase Travel Network Membership Cards online for those who did not manage to get their hands on it yet; and for those who did, you can access the map with all of our partner hostels here.

Finally Study and Travel Abroad are also now on Snapchat! Add us on efpsasta and start snapping!

Social Impact Initiative
The new mandate kicked off, with an entirely new Social Impact Initiative team being inaugurated at the Congress.  The team is working on the reports of the second and the third wave of the Mind the Mind campaign, and the further development of the materials for the new, fourth wave. Special attention will be given to attracting more volunteers to join the campaign and to the facilitation of communication between Local Coordinators. An OAK app, which would enable its users to practice acts of kindness and acquire achievements, is planned to be developed during the mandate. In collaboration with JEPS, the Open Access kit will be updated and workshops will be organised.

Training Office
The Training Office has been working on the 8th edition of Train the Trainers Summer School. This amazing Event is taking place in the lovely Netherlands between 29th July – 6th August 2017. Soon the participants will be selected and all together they will work on making this summer unforgettable. However, this is not the only thing the Training Office has been working on! The Calls for the Train Advanced Trainers 2018 Coordinator and the EFPSA Academy 2017 are now open. If you are interested in organising one of these amazing training Events do not hesitate to apply! A Training Office Meeting will be held in Prague this coming June so look forward to many more updates from the team then.

Junior Researcher Programme
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EFPSA JRP Team 2016-2017 are currently working hard in preparation for the closure of this programme this coming August, where the Research Groups will meet and present their work at the Junior Researcher Programme Conference on the 1st-4th August 20017, and 11 Junior Researchers will then partake in individual research internships. For the first time ever, the JRP Conference is open to the EFPSA Community for attendance and even presentation! Find more information
here and apply today!

Member Representatives
The Member Representatives have successfully started their mandate. Following the Congress, they have received the first emails, including promotional packages and materials and have been very busy promoting different Calls, preparing for the upcoming session of e-voting and their first online Member Representatives’ Meeting.

Events
In addition to the Working Community, over 300 European psychology students gathered in Gakh, Azerbaijan for the 31st EFPSA Congress. The theme of ‘Humanity Today’ extended to a diverse scientific programme composed of lectures, workshops, poster and paper presentations from professors and student participants. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to an education and enriching scientific programme.

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the 31st EFPSA Congress Coordinator and Co-Coordinator, Orkhan Orujzade and Rovshan Ugur, who, for the past two years, have devotedly led the Organising Committee in the organisation of this EFPSA Event! Thank you to the entire team for their dedication, patience and hospitality throughout the week, and prior to the event. We would also like to thank the Congress Trainers Team and the Training Office for helping us kick-off the mandate in the best way possible by delivering diverse training sessions to participants and the EFPSA Working Community.

The success of the week in Azerbaijan would not have been possible without the previous Board of Management who tirelessly dedicate their time and energy throughout the week. Their constant support, availability and proactive approach was invaluable to us and we would like to congratulate them once again for a productive and successful mandate – it is our honour to continue building upon their work.

Meanwhile, the European Summer School (ESS) Organising Committee has been busy with the ESS participant selection! Our thanks and appreciation goes to the team for all their work with the promotion and selection procedures, while we congratulate all the selected participants and wish them a successful and exciting event.

Calls
While we are preparing for the first e-voting of the mandate, a number of Calls for different positions are currently open including the Calls for JRP Mentor, JRP Advisors, EFPSA Academy Coordinator, Train Advanced Trainers 2018 CoordinatorJRP Conference participants. We look forward to receiving your applications to these diverse opportunities.

Announcements from our Partners and Associates
The EFPA News Magazine has just been published, and contains updates from the world of EFPA, the EFPA Boards, Standing Committees and Task Forces as well as the Joint Statement calling for more action on mental health in Europe all of which you can read here.

The European Congress of Psychology will be taking place between 11th – 14th July in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Registration is currently open – do not miss out on this opportunity to attend this scientifically enriching Event! We look forward to seeing you there.

We would like to express a big thank you to the EFPSA Working Community for their evident hard work throughout the past four weeks – we are greatly looking forward to receiving and reading your Action Plans and seeing your projects come to reality throughout the year! We are very excited to be able to share with you all these outcomes via these monthly postcards, so stay tuned on the last Sunday of every month for further information and updates.

With warm regards,

Clara, Nicola, Mónica, Luc, Tiago, Erika & Andreas
Board of Management 2017-2018

The Call for the EFPSA Junior Researcher Programme Mentor is now OPEN!

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EFPSA is pleased to announce a Call for Junior Researcher Programme (JRP) Mentor 2017. The EFPSA JRP is a 12 month Research Programme involving students, PhD and postdoctoral researchers, and established academics and offers a unique opportunity to develop research abilities, teamwork, leadership, interpersonal skills and academic skills.

The main roles of the JRP Mentor guides the work of the JRP Team in terms of the scientific development of the programme itself and that of the JRP Conference and the Internship which they would host at their University at the closure of the Programme. More information about the responsibilities, tasks and functions of the JRP Mentor can be found within these guidelinesand about the EFPSA Junior Researcher Programme in general here.

If you are interested in this highly rewarding position please complete the application form and send it, along with a copy of your CV and a brief covering message to our Secretary General at applications@efpsa.org by no later than Friday 9th June 2017, 23:59 (CET).

The Call for EFPSA Junior Researcher Programme Advisors has been extended!

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EFPSA is pleased to announce that the Call for Junior Researcher Programme (JRP) Advisors 2017 has been extended. The team of Advisors will be constituted of three experienced professionals within the field of psychology who are actively involved in research and have relevant experience in working with students.

The main roles of the JRP Advisors involve monitoring the scientific progress and quality of the European Summer School (ESS) group projects and providing support and guidance to the teams and their Supervisors. More information about the responsibilities, tasks and functions of the JRP Advisors can be found within these guidelines and about the EFPSA Junior Researcher Programme in general here.

If you are interested in this highly rewarding position please complete the application form and send it, along with a copy of your CV and a brief covering message to our Secretary General, Mónica Duarte, at applications@efpsa.org by no later than Wednesday 21st June 2017,  23:59 (CEST).