Statement of the new president
Dear members of EAPA:
I am deeply honored and privileged to serve as the new president of EAPA. First, I want to thank Prof. Matthias Ziegler who not only ensured a smooth transition, but also helped the society strive over the past years. During his presidency important milestones have been achieved: For example, establishing a Summer and Winter school and an expert meeting (we are grateful to Hogrefe for funding these events); enabling the revamping of the website); and negotiating a contract for Psychological Test Adaptation and Development (PTAD) as our second journal and leading the journal as editor-in-chief during this critical phase. There were also structural changes such as developing standard operating procedures for recurring tasks. So there is a lot to build upon and I am optimistic about the society’s development in the future. When the pandemic hit us all and our conference had to be cancelled, we organized the 2021 Digital Event series with great keynote lectures and symposia (all keynote lectures are available via EAPA’s YouTube channel).
I am looking forward to working with the executive committee in the future and am especially grateful to Dr. David Gallardo-Pujol who will run for Secretary-General again and to Prof. Christoph Kemper who is the whiz behind our website.
Having been the host of EAPA’s first Winter School for post doc students has, again, demonstrated the importance of mentoring to me. We summarized the main ideas of what we discussed here. Having this winter school and further initiatives will be a great way to help the next generation in planning their careers in psychological assessment.
I am particularly looking forward to our next conference. It was a tough decision to cancel our previous one, but there was no alternative. I hope to see all of you in Warsaw in 2023 (July 9th to 12th). We will have more information about the conference soon.
Anyway, more is to come in the months ahead and thank you all for your great contribution to EAPA!
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