EFPSA - An Introduction
By Priit Tinits
Have you ever heard of EFPSA? No? Very well then, this is going to change now!
This hard to pronounce name stands for the European Federation of Psychology Students' Associations. It consists of students’ organizations from 25 European countries and represents approximately 250,000 psychology students. It is run on a voluntary basis by and for students. Its mission is to represent the needs and interests of European psychology students, to promote scientific cooperation and cultural exchange between them.
It was founded in 1987 in Portugal at the first Congress of International Psychology Students, which was a predecessor of current EFPSA congresses. Since then EFPSA has evolved with the aim to fulfill various kinds of students’ needs. It offers development of students in the academic field through participating in the EFPSA annual European psychology students’ congress, publishing in a peer reviewed Journal of European Psychology Students, or attending the EFPSA European Summer School. Students can also gain information on opportunities of organizing exchanges and studies in foreign courses through Study Abroad service and join the Travel Network, where they can host or visit psychology students all over Europe.
EFPSA is run every day by around 60 people - the Executive Board and the National Representatives. The National Representatives are the link between EFPSA and national organizations, and also form the General Assembly of EFPSA. The Executive Board runs all the EFPSA services. Both bodies are supervised by a seven-member Board of Management.
Upcoming EFPSA events include the annual EFPSA Congress, taking place in the Netherlands in April 2010, with the topic ‘Free Your Mind’. Another major event is the EFPSA European Summer School, taking place in Bulgaria in July 2010 on Social Cognition. Apart from those highlights, there are other events going on and opportunities to catch. If you want to find out about them, visit our Web site or write to the Secretary General by e-mail.