Dear friends of EFPSA,

July tumbled over, and that brings us to our new Postcard from the Board of Management. The middle of summer catches us with quite a bit of exciting updates to share with you.

The capital of Sweden, Stockholm, hosted the 13th European Congress of Psychology (9th-12th July), during which EFPSA was represented by not only one, but two active volunteers: William Steel (President) and Per Krakau (External Relations Officer). They hosted a roundtable discussion on the topic of psychology and social impact, or in other words: how psychological knowledge may be used by an organisation seeking to make a significant and meaningful contribution to society. The two held a promotional stand through the week, met and got to know many psychology students, whom we hope to see again at our future EFPSA events.  All in all, the event was a great success and wonderful opportunity for EFPSA to gain presence and visibility.

In other news, the Junior Researcher Programme’s (JRP) internships on the Global Health Access Policy (GHAP) project have begun in Cambridge – with several participants of the European Summer School 2012 (Portugal), in attendance, who will be joined by other participants in the upcoming weeks. The JRP Conference will take place between 14th-16th August at Corpus Christi College and the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge – an exciting event that will see the conclusion to the 2012-2013 research cohort’s projects and time in the JRP.

July brought exciting things for the Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS). JEPS signed a contract with Ubiquity Press, an open-access publisher of peer-reviewed, academic journals, based in the UK. This will be greatly beneficial to the Journal’s visibility and dissemination among psychology students and to the broader scope of the scientific community. Still in the JEPS sphere, the journal issued its Call for new Associate Editors, which proved to have a large flow of submissions to contribute further to the journal’s development. Last but not least, 1st of August saw the release of the 4th Issue of JEPS. The team behind it is both happy and proud with the end result, and kindly invites everyone to have a look at the featured articles.

Going over to our Training Office (TO), they’re all busy with the preparation for this year’s Train the Trainers Summer School, which will take place in Dingli, Malta, from 4th to 11th August. The intense one-week program introduces the basics of training organisations and facilitation, and gives the opportunity for its graduates to apply to join the EFPSA Trainers Pool. The TO’s external connections have also been furthered with a recently established agreement with the trainers from the Board of European Students of Technology’s (BEST). This agreement enables a mutual connection and exchange of trainers between the two organisations in their events, increasing our external visibility and cooperation with other student organisations.

The BM has been hard at work as well. A letter from the Presidential-team was sent out to all Boards of the EFPSA Member Organisations – something we hope will mark a first step in bringing about a closer relationship between EFPSA and each of our Member Organisations. Within the letter the Board of Management provided their action plans for this mandate to the organisations, welcoming feedback on EFPSA’s future direction and plans for delivering opportunity to European Psychology students. The BM is also working on the implementation of several new documents such as the Proof per Position certificate, which we envision should give greater recognition and support to the students working for EFPSA in their home universities and showcase their contribution to the organisation. Final preparations have also been made for the upcoming Executive Board/Member Representative reports – an exciting chance for the Presidential-team to meet with all active volunteers of EFPSA, and reflect on the outcomes of the last few months.

The irresistible holiday sun can’t help but inspire, and we’ve cast our eyes on the upcoming EFPSA Day. Plans are already starting to form for what should be the biggest and most exciting EFPSA Day our organisation has seen yet! Continue following our Postcards and the news on the website for more updates about it, and keep your eyes open for EFPSA Day advertisements later on.

With so many exciting things in mind, we are already looking forward to August. Until then!

Sincerely,

William, Luís, Angie, Antea, Antoine, Mariyan & Spyra

The Board of Management | EFPSA

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