8th July 2015, Milano

 

BOARD of SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS, EFPA

 

Board meeting, Milano, July, 8, 2015

 

Attendance: Remo Job (RJ), Christoph Steinbach (CS), Daryl O’Connor (DO), Torun Lindholm (TL), Barbara Schober (BS), Marek Blatný (MB), Sergey Malykh (SM), Maria Lehnung (ML), Jerome Clerc (JR), Delia Birle (DB).

Gian Vittorio Caprara, President of the ECP2015 Scientific Committee paid a visit (see point 7).

 

The meeting took place at Bicocca University, Milan. RJ led the meeting

  1. The meeting started with members’ presentation and welcome to the new members.
  2. The minutes of the Berlin meeting were approved
  3. Actions about EBPP

a.       It is very important to start from a clear definition of EBPP;

b.      Important aspects – the questionnaire should not be too long; attention to the prior EFPA questionnaires, some aspects may already be known. To check what are those aspects (RJ);

c.       To establish who we address the questionnaire, exactly – EFPA Member Associations (not individuals)

d.      An important issue - the instructions of the questionnaire, because the situation can be sensitive in some countries – the case of Austria was explained, where the respondents could feel the pressure of correct answers;

e.       The problem of different definitions of EBPP in Europe countries was addressed at round table (held in the Afternoon and chaired by TL and DO) – some countries adopted APA definition of EBPP but it is decided that we will maintain the BSA definition (hence: the EFPA definition)

  1. Important deadlines to meet

a.       To finish the questionnaire items and instructions – 1st of September, by email

b.      To send the final form to member associations

c.       To discussion the questionnaire, its importance, and possible issues arising from it at the presidents meeting after November, 20

d.      To analyze the first results at the next meeting – probably in November.

  1. European Psychologist future directions
    1. Peter Frensch, the appointed Editor-in-Chief, will continue the philosophy of the journal, to publish mainly review papers and meta-analysis. The Board will ask for a statement from Peter Frensch, who will start handling incoming manuscripts as of July and will step in as Editor-in-Chief in January 1st, 2016.
    2. The Board postpones a detailed discussion of the Report by Alexander Grob, the current Editor-in-Chief for reason of time. However, the members express their appreciation for the info about the 2014 IF sent by Alexander, who wrote:

“I am really proud to report that the European Psychologist increased significantly in each important indicator, i.e.

Journal Impact Factor 2014: 1.778 (the highest IF of EF ever; I predicted 1.6 for 2014);

5 Year Impact Factor 2014: 2.033 (the highest 5YIF of EP ever);

Immediacy Impact Factor 2014: 2.150 (the far most highest ImIF of EF ever, almost doubled 2013).”

The Board thanks warmly Alexander Grob, Kristen Lavallee, Managing Editor, and the Associate Editors for their success in increasing the quality and visibility of EP.

 

  1. RJ proposes that the extensive discussions and document analyses done by the Board on EBPP should be made available to EFPA and disseminated to a greater audience by e.g. publishing a book, an article (or a set of articles) in EP, a web-page, on the basis of our vision on EBPP.  In order to finalize this several aspects should be discussed and decided upon, e.g who should be in charge; the target public of the article; what to focus on, e.g. the definition of EBPP, a review of the state of the art, empirical data stemming from the survey, etc.
  2. Prof. Gian Vittorio Caprara presented some challenges and difficulties in organizing the Congress in Milan

a.       the high number of participants, impossible to anticipate, possibly due to the overlap of Congress and EXPO 2015;

b.      difficulties in finding chairs for, and giving coherence to, thematic sessions;

c.       the importance of a balance between posters and thematic sessions;

d.      the quality of posters – not all posters have a satisfying quality;

e.       the important role of invited symposia both for enhancing the Congress scientific level and for rising the number of participants.

The Board expressed its thanks to Gian Vittorio Caprara for the work of the Scientific Committee for the Congress.

  1. Issues of the Work Plan

Aspects that should be to addressed by the BSA include:

a.       PhD standards across Europe – the case of Austria, legal/moral aspects regarding PhD diplomas and coordination

b.      Postgraduate system – the competencies offered by some master programs with lower standards in students preparation to be analyzed – the case of Austria was described

  1. Place and Calendar of the next meeting: TL will sent us a doodle to choose a date for the next BSA meeting. DL anticipates that she will ask her Association to host our next meeting in Bucharest. She will confirm asap.
  2.  Close

 

P.S. After the roundtable conveyed by TL and DO there has been a short meeting during which some important issues regarding the questionnaire were further analyzed – deciding upon what we should keep, develop or eliminate from the existing form.