News from EUPRERA
Message from the new President of EUPRERA - 01.02.2016
Øyvind Ihlen takes on the role and greets the members
It is with great pleasure I take on the role to serve as EUPRERA President for the period 2016–2017. I want to thank my predecessor, Professor Ansgar Zerfass, for his great work for the association and you, the EUPRERA members for trusting me with the attempt to fill his big shoes. It is really assuring to start my president term with Ansgar in the function of Past-President. I am also thankfully for having the support of the excellent board members, Angeles Moreno and Ralph Tench, as well as the utterly professional director of PR and Admin – Virginia Villa.
As an association, we have yet another exciting year ahead of us. Naturally, the annual EUPRERA Congress is the highlight. This year it is going to be in the wonderful city of Groeningen, with a final session in Amsterdam. The organizers have promised to shake up our conference experience. Coming at the heels of the very successful congress in Oslo, this indeed ups the ante. The board is also looking to introduce a couple of new initiatives to even further improve the usefulness of the congress.
Immediately following this year’s congress, the annual PhD seminar will take place in Amsterdam. We all thank Inger Jensen for her wonderful work with the seminar, and hope to that you will send her successors a handful of your best and brightest students. Professor Dejan Verčič, Sue Wolstenholme and yours truly, will lead this year’s seminar.
2016 is also the year when the first EUPRERA network will celebrate its first year in existence. The network on public affairs is led by Scott Davidsson and involves a number of EUPRERA members. A first result of the work is a panel at the ICA conference in Fukuoka, Japan in June. Now, the big question for EUPRERA at large is whether other networks will be formed?