Dear Friends of EFPSA,

We’re remarkably proud to be able to make a formal announcement of the partnership between EFPSA and the organising committee of the European Congress of Psychology 2015. The European Congress of Psychology (ECP) is hosted on a biennial basis under the auspices of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) – an organisation with which EFPSA enjoys a close relationship. ECP 2015 will be taking place in Milan, Italy, 7-10 July 2015. Having been privileged to send EFPSA delegates to this event on several occasions in the past, most recently in Stockholm, July 2013, we’re tremendously pleased to have an official partnership with ECP 2015 and to be working in direct collaboration with organisers of this terrific event for the first time.

The partnership involves contribution of EFPSA to the preparation, organisation and hosting of the event in numerous ways, details of which you can read about within this article. But first, let us say a little about our ambitions and motivation for securing this partnership. Perhaps at the heart of our desire to support ECP 2015 was the intention to raise awareness of this event within students, and to bring about greater participation at the event and contribution to its programme from future generations of psychologists. To this end, we will be embarking on a determined effort to promote the event to European students over the coming months and encourage their attendance.

All participants, but especially young scientists and psychologists in training, stand to profit greatly from this opportunity to engage with researchers and practitioners from across Europe and around the world on novel research, best practices and contemporary fields of study under the theme ‘Linking technology and psychology: feeding the mind, energy for life’. Of course, EFPSA already offers a diverse and exciting portfolio of unique academic events for psychology students, bringing unsurpassed opportunities for extracurricular experiences and development – but in supporting ECP 2015 we intend to push the envelope further still. We see students of psychology as the future generation of a highly valuable, dynamic and skilled profession, and by encouraging their participation at a professional event such as the ECP, we aim not only to broaden their horizons, but also to highlight to established academics and practitioners the value and importance of their junior peers and bring about the opportunity for students to contribute to important discussions that foster the pursuit of societies in which access to psychological care is extended and sound mental health together with healthy lifestyles are cherished.

Perhaps more exciting yet, EFPSA will be coordinating far more direct contributions to ECP 2015 too. While the event is being orchestrated by the Italian Network of Psychologists’ Associations (INPA) and their partners, EFPSA will be establishing a group of European psychology student volunteers to assist during the hosting of the event. Around thirty students will be selected for this role, and be invited to attend the ECP 2015 having had their fees waived – in return, the students will embark on four exciting days of support, workshop & lecture hall attendance and a whole range of other responsibilities around the venue. Of course, there will be time for attending some of the programme too! Volunteers will be chosen from across Europe and form a diverse, highly enthusiastic and capable group of students on hand to help and assist participants and guests of ECP 2015. Wrapping things up nicely, EFPSA and the volunteers will be sure to be arranging informal evening events and gatherings for their fellow students attending the event. It’s sure to be an exciting time for everyone involved and we can’t wait to get started in these preparations!

We are in the process of setting up pages on the EFPSA website about this partnership, the opportunities it includes and how to get involved, but for now we encourage you to visit www.ecp2015.org to learn more about the programme and activities that are taking place at the event.

In closing, we’d like to take the opportunity to publicly welcome the organisers of ECP 2015 to the EFPSA community and to thank those at INNEXTA & ENIC (ECP 2015 organising partners) with whom we drafted the partnership and its agreements – we’re truly excited at the prospects that lie before us in this venture and are grateful to you all for the opportunity you’re providing EFPSA and psychology students around Europe!

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