With the year 2016 coming to an end we would firstly like to wish you all a peaceful festive season and a joyful New Year. We hope that 2016 was enriching and full of meaningful experiences and we are enthusiastic about starting 2017 with new energy and plans to make it truly special. 2016 has been a very eventful year in the world of EFPSA and we are excited to be sharing our latest updates and developments for the year within this postcard.

Board of Management

The Presidential Office is currently preparing for the Executive Board & Member Representatives Skype Reports and the second Board of Management Meeting. Additionally, they are working very closely with the External Relations Officer, Monika Schwärzler, as well as many representatives from various health care student associations in the organisation of the European Healthcare Students’ Associations Summit (EHSAS) which will be held in Brussels, Belgium this coming February. What is also worth mentioning is that Nicola Falzon (Vice President) also represented EFPSA at the EFPA Presidential Council Meeting which has held earlier this month in Berlin, Germany while Secretary General, Jolien Vandeneynde, and Grants Coordinator, Karla Matić, also had the pleasure of attending the JADE Meeting in Brussels on the 9th December and proudly represented our Federation. We would like to thank both EFPA and JADE once again for this opportunity to partake and contribute to these insightful meetings.
Meanwhile, the Finance Office has prepared and submitted an application for a funding opportunity awarded by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) on behalf of the Federation. Additionally, the Finance Office is busy with the kick off of “Empowering youth for building more inclusive societies” work plan for the upcoming year. EFPSA would like to thank European Youth Foundation (EYF) for recognising the value of mentioned programme and thus granting us the support needed to effectuate it. We as prospective psychologists place a great value on shaping inclusive societies and look forward to giving our contribution.

As for the Members Office, the connection with new Observer Organisations was strengthened and Member & Observer Coordinator, Amra Džindo, is finalising the Observer Organisations Guidelines. Member Representatives are currently engaged in the December E-Voting and are taking care of promotion of the Congress and other internal tasks.

With EFPSA Day having taken place on 3rd December, the Marketing Office focused on EFPSA Day preparations tasks including the creation of the EFPSA Day Video. We want to thank everyone involved in the organisation of EFPSA Day and we look forward to sharing more updates with you from this Event in the coming weeks. The team is also focusing on  perfecting the CVI Brandbook and version 3.0 is close to being finalised. Meanwhile, the EFPSA Office has also been busy with various tasks such as updating the EFPSA Wikipedia page and compiling the EFPSA Day Edition of the Internal Newsletter.

Services and Events

The Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS) will be liaising with the Scientific Committee of the 31st EFPSA Congress in Azerbaijan. The team will be involved in the selection of the Active Participants. In other news, JEPS Team Members will be involved in the drafting of the Open Access Policy Paper for the European Health Students’ Associations (EHSA).

The Study and Travel Abroad Team has been putting a lot of energy into seeking partnerships with hostels all around Europe and to get discounts for EFPSA people. They are also currently helping Finland and Macedonia with organisation of the first Exchange recognised by EFPSA! The students will be hosted in Macedonia between 8th – 12th of March 2017 and in Finland between the 5th – 9th of April 2017 and we look forward to sharing more updates with you in the future.

The Social Impact Initiative (SII) Team has launched a new idea for sharing kindness – the OAK box. The idea is to anonymously spread kindness by giving others a surprise box with something good in it. More information about how you can form part of this great initiative can be found on the SII Facebook page.

SII together with Training Office and Finance Office worked on the European Youth Foundation grant. Social Impact Initiative is currently focusing on further development of a new project – “Better together” which aims towards decreasing discrimination and increasing social inclusion. Following the previous success with Mind the Mind, it will be developed to aim high school students. The project will launch in the next year.

The Training Office has been working on preparing the Train Advanced Trainers 2017 together with the Events Office and the Portuguese Organising Committee. Also for the first time, trainers were involved in the JRP programme: during the Mid-JRP Meeting in the Netherlands, every team received a training to support their hard work throughout the weekend. In the meantime, the team is reviewing the applications for the EFPSA Trainers’ Pool. Lastly, to celebrate New Years’ the Training Office is meeting in the Netherlands to work and spend time together. Meanwhile, the Call for Trainers for the EFPSA Train Advanced Trainers 2017 has been launched and the official dates for EFPSA Academy has been released.

It was a busy month for the Junior Researcher Programme (JRP) Team too. Between 9th and 12th  December the Mid-JRP Meeting took place in Utrecht, Netherlands, where they had the opportunity​ to work on their projects in person. Working sessions took place in the offices of the Dutch MO, SPS-NIP. Overall 5 Supervisors and 29 Junior Researchers attended, they were given training sessions by EFPSA Trainers, a workshop on JEPS (Journal of European Psychology Students) and Registered Reports, and presented their work so far. Moreover, the Irish Conference & Internship Organising Committee have prepared a Needs Assessment for the JRP Internship in Dublin.

Last but definitely not least, the registration for the 31st EFPSA Congress in Azerbaijan has officially opened! More information about the Congress can be found by following this link. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to partake in EFPSA’s largest Event and expand your psychological knowledge and discuss various topics on the theme of humanity with students from 33 different countries/regions! Registration closes on the 15th January 23:59 (CET).

December has been yet another productive month in EFPSA and we are looking forward to carrying the festive spirit, as well as new found energy and motivation with us into the new year and channel it into taking EFPSA further! Until next month, we would like to wish you all and your loved ones a great and safe start to 2017!

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