The Call for the Train Advanced Trainers 2018 Coordinator is open!

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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 (Coordinator of the Train Advanced Trainer 2017 Organising Committee)

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 CoordinatorRole 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 3rd 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!

Internship Task Force Questionnaire | Statistical Report

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Attention all! We have some exciting information!

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The Internship Task Force* was extended for the mandate 2016-2017 in order to build a strategy, working towards the development of an internship platform for EFPSA.

The team, which consisted of eight individuals, set forth a number of goals for the Internship Task Force. These were to outline the internship possibilities students are looking for, set-up a database with contacts of possible partnerships that could provide internship opportunities, make initial contact with the collected contacts in order to establish these partnerships, and build a solid foundation for the following mandate.

To achieve the first goal the team designed and distributed a short questionnaire for psychology students, which was piloted within the Working Community 2016-2017. The following Statistical Report presents a detailed account of the questionnaire results which looked into various areas concerning internships such as the length of internships student prefer, the field of interest, as well as the conditions students are looking for.

We are proud to announce that the Task Force successfully achieved all the goals that were set forth and we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the team, Ioanna Florou, Nicola Falzon, Andrew Camilleri, Michaela Sklatinioti, Dajana  Čopec, Marija  Lugarić, Joana Velozo and Barbora Hubena, for their hard work, efforts and achievements.

The work has now been passed on to the Internship Responsible, within the Study & Travel Abroad Service, following approval of the position during the first General Assembly held at the 31st EFPSA Congress in Gakh, Azerbaijan on 24th April 2017. The position was taken on by Marija Davcheva, who can be contacted via the email address internships@efpsa.org for further information or for any questions, queries or suggestions.

We are looking forward for the further development of this platform and wish the best of luck to Study & Travel Abroad for the upcoming mandate in this regard.

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

*A Task Force is  recognised as an official body within the Federation which works on a specific project, external to the work of the Board of Management or Executive Board, typically for one mandate.

Call for Participants for the EFPSA Junior Researcher Programme Conference 2017

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We are happy to announce that the Call for Participants for the EFPSA Junior Researcher Programme Conference 2017 is now open, for the first time ever, to the EFPSA Community. The Conference will take place in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland from the 1st to 4th August 2017.

The EFPSA Junior Researcher Programme Conference is an opportunity for participants from EFPSA’s 2016 European Summer School (ESS) to present their Research Projects that they have been working on during the past year. Along with this, it is also an opportunity for all EFPSA members to attend engaging and practical workshops on our theme ‘Education and Development’, present their OWN research, enjoy our Social Programme and Irish culture, and to meet old and new EFPSA friends in the heart of our city centre, Dublin.

The Conference delegates will comprise of the Junior Researchers and Supervisors, JRP Alumni, the current JRP Team, the Irish Organising Committee, Irish psychology students and educators, and members from the EFPSA Community.

Information:
Date: 1st – 4th August, 2017
Place: Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation: You will be in charge of arranging your own accommodation, but we are happy to make suggestions to suit your needs
Catering: Teas, coffees, light canapés, and the gala dinner will be provided
Participation fee: €80 – covers all costs except for excursion, some meals, and accommodation
Participants: 70 students from the EFPSA Community, 30 Junior Researchers, 20 JRP Team and alumni, 30 Irish delegates including the Organising Committee

In order to apply please fill in this form until 31st May 2017, 23:59 CET. Be sure to include your abstract and the researchers names on the form if you wish to present at the Conference.

For any clarifications and suggestions do not hesitate to contact the EFPSA JRP Conference Responsible Chloé Beatty on jrpconference@efpsa.org.

Call for Operating Grant Management Task Force 2017-2018

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Are you looking for a highly rewarding position that enhances your skills while providing a platform for development of EFPSA and opportunities for European psychology students? Are you interested in grant writing, NGO funding and grant management? If the answer is yes, then this Task Force is the perfect opportunity for you!

EFPSA is pleased to announce the Call for applications from individuals interested in joining the Operating Grant Management Task Force for the mandate 2017-2018.

You can find additional information about the aims and envisioned tasks of this Task Force here and a General Prerequisites Document here

Please note that prior experience with grant writing and management is not a requirement; we are rather looking for motivated and team-oriented individuals who are open to learning about grant management.

If you are interested in joining this Task Force, please complete the application form and send it, together with a copy of your Curriculum Vitae and proof of studies, to Secretary General, Monica Duarte at applications@efpsa.org no later than Wednesday 24th May, 23:59 (CEST).

If you have any questions about this Call, please address them to Luc Horvat at finance@efpsa.org or Clara Chetcuti at president@efpsa.org.

Extended Call for the Host of the XXXIII. EFPSA Congress

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The call for the EFPSA Congress 2019 Coordinator and Organising Committee has been extended!

The annual EFPSA Congress is the biggest Event of the Federation, which brings together around 350 psychology students from all over Europe for a week of diverse scientific programme, as well as an engaging social programme encouraging cultural exchange. Moreover, the Congress represents an opportunity for the EFPSA Working Community to meet in person and work on its projects and Action Plans, as it represents the start of the EFPSA mandate.

Following the success of the 31st EFPSA Congress, in Gakh Azerbaijan the EFPSA Congress has now been hosted in 23 different countries.  During this organisational period that lasts for two years, you will learn the principles and practices of event organisation, develop your project management skill, as well as your leadership skills. Do not pass up on the opportunity to bring EFPSA to your home country or region by hosting the Congress!

For more information about the role of the Congress Coordinator, please check out the following Role Description and the General Prerequisites Document. If you have any other comments or questions, feel free to contact Andreas Anthimou, Events Officer at events@efpsa.org

Please send completed application form, as well as your CV and proof of studies, to Mónica Duarte, Secretary General at applications@efpsa.org by Wednesday 24th May 23:59 (CEST). Candidate-committees are expected to deliver an online presentation on Tuesday 30th May 20:00 (CEST) so please read the Guidelines for the Presentation carefully.

Call for Participants for EFPSA Train the Trainers Summer School 2017

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Are you a psychology student (or recent graduate)? Are you interested in learning more about training and non-formal education? Do you like inspiring people and helping them grow? Are you ready to challenge and develop yourself? Do you want to make your summer unforgettable?

The 8th edition of EFPSA’s Train the Trainers Summer School (TtT), being held between 29th July till 6th August 2017,  offers you this opportunity in the wonderful Netherlands! Do not miss this opportunity to share a journey of a life time with 11 other enthusiastic aspiring Trainers, while being guided and educated by 6 experienced EFPSA Trainers.

The EFPSA TtT is an intense, unforgettable week where you will gain everything a beginner Trainer needs: knowledge, skills and the right attitude to design and deliver effective and engaging training sessions. The TtT is also the first step in becoming a certified EFPSA Trainer.

The participation fee for TtT 2017 is €90. Each participant has the opportunity to receive travel reimbursement of up to €120. For further information, you can visit the official TtT EFPSA webpage, or contact the TtT Organising Committee at ttt2017@efpsa.org.

Don’t hesitate and apply here until the 24th of May, 23:59 CET if:

  • You want to explore and develop in the world of trainings
  • You are a creative, enthusiastic psychology student who likes a challenge
  • Your English language skills are sufficient to deliver a training session in English
  • You are eager to learn more about non-formal education
  • You are willing to spend the 6 weeks before the Event doing on average one homework task per week
  • You realise the journey only starts with TtT and are interested in delivering trainings thereafter in different events while being supported and guided by experienced EFPSA Trainers
  • You are ready for an unforgettable experience this Summer in the Netherlands!

The 8th edition of EFPSA’s Train the Trainers Summer School (TtT) is funded by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

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Extended Call for Executive Board 2017-2018

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Following a successful Call and approval of the Executive Board 2017-2018, we still have a few  vacant positions within the Executive Board, therefore, EFPSA is pleased to announce the Call for applications for the mandate 2017-2018. EFPSA’s Executive Board is made up of a variety of teams working on different aspects and projects within the Federation. EFPSA is looking for committed and enthusiastic individuals interested in contributing to the development of the Federation for a one year mandate within the following teams:

Training Office
Trainers’ Community Responsible*

Junior Researcher Programme
Junior Researcher Programme Coordinator
Research Responsible

EFPSA Office
Web Support Coordinator

Marketing Office
Photographer

Here you can find a specific Role Descriptions for positions within the Executive Board, as well as a General Prerequisites Document which applies to all members of the EFPSA Working Community. We encourage you to contact the Coordinator or BM Responsible of the team that you are interested in, in order to gain personal insight into the role and the associated duties and tasks. Should you require help in acquiring their contact details, do not hesitate to contact us via secretary@efpsa.org.

Please send your complete application form along with a copy of your CV to applications@efpsa.org, together with proof of studies or graduation within the last two years, by no later than Friday 19th May 23:59 (CET). Additional submission details can be found within the application form itself.

*Please include a Training Portfolio (a list of all training sessions/events delivered so far) along with your application for this position.

Should you have any questions about the application procedure, do not hesitate to contact the Board of Management via secretary@efpsa.org.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications.

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

The Call for European Summer School 2017 student participants is now open!

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petratouromiou3Are you a motivated European Bachelor or Master-level psychology student? And are you interested in conducting a one-year cross-cultural research project together with students from all over Europe? Do you want to gain experience in every aspect of research, from designing the study to data collection to communicating the results?

The EFPSA European Summer School Team enthusiastically announces that the call for the 2017-2018 student Participants with the theme ‘Developmental & Educational psychology’ happening in Cyprus is now open! We are looking for psychology students interested in how psychological research is carried out between countries, cultures, and languages!

More about the ESS and this year’s theme can be found in the Portfolio.

Please ensure you have selected two research projects of your choice, and carefully read the ESS 2017 Student Application Guide before sending your application.

In order to apply, please complete and submit the application form, and attach your CV here.

The deadline for applications is the 17th May 2017, 23:59 CET.

We look forward to receiving your application!

If you have any questions, we are happy to hear from you at jrp@efpsa.org. Please note that most questions are answered on our FAQ.

Twelfth Postcard from the Board of Management

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With mixed feelings, we are proud to be publishing the last Board of Management Postcard for the mandate from the 31st EFPSA Congress in Gakh, Azerbaijan. We cannot believe that time has flown by so fast. This week also marks the closure of the Mandate for the current Member Representatives, Executive Board and Task Forces, but before saying farewell to one of the most dynamic Working Communities that EFPSA has ever seen, we shall, for one last time, share the exciting updates from our teams as well as their final words about their mandate.

Board of Management

The workload of the Board of Management is currently at its peak. While finalising tasks in preparation of the end of mandate, the BM has also been busy writing up proposals for the General Assembly in Azerbaijan and making the necessary preparations for the working schedule of the week in Gakh. This includes the finalisation of the Annual Report, detailing the achievements of the mandate. The Presidential Office, Clara Chetcuti and Nicola Falzon, has had three face to face meetings in order to finalise the tasks and plan the week ahead, this includes the final Member Organisation Presidential Meeting. Member Representatives Officer Artemis Stefani and President, Clara Chetcuti have also been setting up online meetings with the new Member Representatives in order to meet them prior to the Congress and help facilitate their transition in their new role. We have also been busy pr eparing materials for EFPSA Market Place which you will be able to buy at the Congress.

Offices

On the 5th November, the External Relations Coordinator Monika Schwärzler had the chance to present the campaign “Mind the Mind – to combat the stigma of mental disorders” among European pharmacy students at the 13th Autumn Assembly of the European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (EPSA) which took place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania under the topic “Mental Health – from substance to society. It was a great opportunity to present the newly implemented materials of the campaign, as well as attend EPSA’s General Assembly which provided us with an insight into the structure and working practices of EPSA. We kindly thank EPSA for the invitation and great opportunity to present our workshop! The Informal Meeting of International Student Associations (IFISO) took place between the 6th and 9th of April in Graz, Austria. Our Finance Officer, Ana Škeljo, and External Relations Coordinator, Monika Schwärzler, represented EFPSA at the event which brought together representatives from 15 international and European student organisations. The event gave the participants the chance to exchange ideas and working practices, discuss further collaborations and learn from each other. Among others, topics that were discussed during the sessions included grants, trainings, as well as volunteer recognition. Furthermore, possibilities of developing IFISO were discussed. The External Relations office is honoured to have had the opportunity to meet, discuss with and network with so many organisations, while developing multiple policies for the Federation.

The EFPSA Office is proud to have content reviewed over 130 documents, published five internal newsletters and updated the website accordingly throughout the mandate. The Finance Office started collecting membership fees for the mandate 2017-2018 and did their last transactions of the mandate. They checked all transactions made during this mandate, and prepared the Financial Report. The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of European Commission allocated an operating grant of €35 000.00 to EFPSA for the year 2017, which will cover most of our essential operating expenses for the year. Grant Agreement was signed and sent to Brussels a couple of days prior to the Congress. In the Marketing Office, the Social Media Responsible has been occupied with managing online content in promoting Calls for Executive Board. Plentiful of designs were gathered and organised for the next generations and work on CVI Brandbook 3.0 was finally finished. Marketing Team Members were also working hard on finishing projects and Content Coordinator gathered and created a great amount of materials for EFPSA Promotional Video.

Services

The Social Impact Initiative (SII) Service is very proud of their achievements during the past mandate. They will be handing the mandate over to the new team with over 500 volunteers involved in our Ming the Mind Campaign, over 400 workshops delivered in 22 European countries and having the most successful wave of the campaign thanks to over 50 LC’s that are making a significant change by organising the workshops in their respective countries. SII also kicked off the first wave of Better Together with 8 ambitious individuals, starting this May. The Open Access kit has been updated and available on SII’s website for usage by everyone who sees the importance of promoting it, as well as the OAK box instructions and we encourage everyone to take part in these ever-growing campaigns!

Study & Travel Abroad (STA) welcomed a new sub-service, which is EFPSA Exchanges, through which the EFPSA Exchanges Responsible, Andrew Camilleri, and Team Member, Ivan Lepej assisted with the exchange that was organised by SPOL (Finland) and PSA Psihesko (FYR Macedonia), while developing a Guidelines Handbook to support future exchanges further. STA are also proud of the success of their blog where study and travel abroad experiences were shared as well as information about summer schools and other interesting opportunities. Via Instagram STA mobilised our community to share photos under the hashtag #efpsasta, although the account was unaccessible for a while, STA is happy to be back on instagram sharing all your exciting travel photos. The Database of European Psychology Masters also received a total makeover with everything is visualised on a map and several filtering methods added that can be used to find the Master programme of your best choice! The EFPSA Travel Network Facebook group welcomed 110 new hosts this year; so the opportunities to find a couch to crash on in another country, through our network, tripled! Finally STA have work endlessly on seeking partnerships with hostels all around Europ; and we are happy to say the list is evergrowing. If you purchase our awesome looking Travel Network Membership Card for just €10 at the congress, you can profit from discounts up to 20% in our partner hostels.

The Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS) is pleased to share that there are currently 2 manuscripts in editing. These are expected to be published soon! JEPS Team Member, Laura Griffin, was present at the PSI Student Congress in NUI Galway (Ireland) to promote JEPS to
final year psychology students who were presenting their undergraduate theses. At this event, there was great interest and enthusiasm among the Irish students to publish these recently finished piece of work. We are also generating interest among the Dutch students as we were recently featured on the website of the Dutch Association of Psychologists (Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen). Check it out here. JEPS are pleased to have received 27 new submissions across the mandat, four of which were Registered Reports, made 1 publication and finalising three more publications that are coming very soon! They are also happy to have kept their blog super exciting and interesting, with 10 amazing blog posts. Finally JEPS worked hard on the selection of Active Participation applicants for the Congress and are satisfied with the outcome.

During the past month, the call for European Summer School (ESS) 2017 Supervisors was opened, and Junior Researcher Programme Team (EFPSA JRP) are extremely pleased with the quality and versatility of research proposals received. The selected Supervisors and projects will be announced very soon, and the call for participants opened. The JRP team is looking forward to receiving applications from aspiring researchers. Moreover, a couple of members of the JRP 2016/17 cohort are getting ready to present their research at the annual EFPSA Congress in Azerbaijan. Meanwhile the Training Office have been delivering Pre-Congress Knowledge Transfer to the nominated Training Office 2017-2018, while assisting in the Congress Trainers’ Team in planning out the Working Community Training Schedule for the Congress. The TO have also been finalising their year and preparing for the team’s knowledge Transfer.

Member Representatives

The Members Representatives Officer has scheduled and held meetings along with the President for most of the new Member Repressentatives. The Members Office is taking care of any final preparations of the forthcoming General Assembly and has been working on Knowledge Transfers for the best transition of both Member Representatives and Members Office while receiving legal registration information and procedures from EFPSA’s Member Organisations.

Events

All Organising Committees have been preparing themselves for the upcoming 31st EFPSA Congress, particularly preparing presentations, finalising promotional videos and completing other relevant tasks. The Train Advanced Trainers 2017 Organising Committee concluded all the post event tasks, finishing their mandate. The 31st EFPSA Congress Organising Committee has been intensively working to finalise all the logistical details of the most expected EFPSA Event. Meanwhile, the Events Office has been working on their Knowledge Transfer in order to allow a smooth transition of those who will be overseeing the current Organising Committee in order to not impact the work of the teams. The Events Office is really looking forward for the 31st EFPSA Congress which will be held between 23rd and 30th April in Gakh, Azerbaijan.

We would like to take the opportunity to extend our sincerest gratitude to the Working Community for their endless hard work, dedication, and passion. While sadly saying farewell to the current Community, we are excited to pass on the work to the next mandate and continue to develop EFPSA further. We are very excited to be ending this postcard with the announcement of the Board of Management 2017-2018 who you will be receiving the next Board of Management Postcard from!

Board of Management 2017-2018

President | Clara Chetcuti
Vice President | Nicola Falzon
Secretary General | Mónica Duarte
Finance Officer | Luc Horvat
Marketing Officer | Tiago Moderno
Member Representatives Officer | Erika Kajatiová
Events Officer | Andreas Anthimou

We would like to wish the Board of Management a successful week in Azerbaijan and a very fruitful upcoming Mandate.

For the last time,

Clara, Nicola, Jolien, Ana, Maciej, Artemis, Mónica
Board of Management 2016-2017

The Call for the 33rd EFPSA Congress Coordinator is now OPEN!

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The European Federation of Psychology Students’ Associations (EFPSA) is pleased to announce the call for the EFPSA Congress 2019 Coordinator and Organising Committee!

The annual EFPSA Congress is the biggest Event of the Federation, which brings together around 350 psychology students from all over Europe for a week of diverse scientific programme, as well as an engaging social programme encouraging cultural exchange. Moreover, the Congress represents an opportunity for the EFPSA Working Community to meet in person and work on its projects and Action Plans, as it represents the start of the EFPSA mandate.

We are currently approaching the 31st EFPSA Congress, which has been hosted in 23 different countries. This month, psychology students around Europe will gather in Gakh, Azerbaijan between the 23rd and 30th April 2017 for the 31st EFPSA Congress. During this organisational period that lasts for two years, you will learn the principles and practices of event organising, develop your project management, and your leadership skills. Do not pass up on the opportunity to bring EFPSA to your home country or region by hosting the Congress!

Please read carefully the Procedures for Candidate Organising Committee before sending your application. For more information about the role of the Congress Coordinator, please check out the following Role Description and the General Prerequisites Document. If you have any other comments or questions, feel free to contact the Events Officer at events@efpsa.org

Please send completed application form to the EFPSA Secretary General at applications@efpsa.org before the 26th April 2017 at 23:59 (CET).