Goodbye to Essex... ECPR is moving 10/12/2014

After 44 years at the University of Essex the ECPR’s administration (the Central Services) will be leaving the University of Essex campus and moving to its own premises on 19th December. The ECPR’s new home will be ‘Harbour House’, located only a mile or so from the University in Colchester. New contact details, including email addresses, postal address and telephone numbers can be found here. Whilst we will aim for minimal disruption to service, there will be a brief period of closure between midday on 18th and 19th December, while IT services are down, and some services and response rates may be slower than usual during the month of January as we complete various aspects of the transition.

Whilst we look forward to a bright future in Harbour House, we will be sad to leave the University of Essex campus which has been our home for so long. The ECPR would therefore like to thank the University for its warm hospitality and support, which has nurtured and supported the growth of the organisation since its founding.

Call for Panels and Papers for the General Conference 03/12/2014

The ECPR's General Conference is its largest event, often bringing together some 2,500 political scientists from throughout the world. The 2015 Conference is taking place at Université de Montréal – the ECPR’s first ever event to be held outside of Europe. 

The list of Sections has been finalised; and the call is open for Full Panels and individual Papers.  Since this is a combined stage, individuals are able to propose to a Section, either a Panel including 4 – 5 Papers or individual Papers. Further information explaining the stages in detail can be found in the Guidelines

The deadline for Panel and Paper submissions is 16 February 2015. If you have any further questions, please email the General Conference Team 

Announcement of next Chair of ECPR 2015-18 28/11/2014

Prof. Rudy B. Andeweg (Leiden University) has been elected as Chair of the ECPR for 2015-2018, taking over from Prof. Simona Piattoni whose term expires at the Warsaw Joint Sessions in March 2015.

Prof. Andeweg is currently Professor of Empirical Political Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He studied Law and Government at Leiden, and Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. He has worked as Assistant to the Dutch Government Commissioner on Administrative Reform, and he has been a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford (twice) and of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. He served as Chair of the Leiden Department of Political Science, and as Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. He currently serves as the President of the Dutch Political Science Association. He has been elected to both the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. He has been on the ECPR’s Executive Committee since 2012 with responsibilities for Standing Groups and Constitutional Reform.

The election of Prof. Andeweg by the current Executive Committee took place during the ECPR’s General Conference in Glasgow in September and the result was announced immediately afterwards to the meeting of Council by ECPR’s Director, Prof. Martin Bull. Prof. Andeweg said “I am honoured to have been elected to chair the largest political science association in Europe, and I thank my colleagues for placing their trust in me for the coming three year period. We will work together to improve what we offer our members and to rise to the various challenges that will confront ECPR in the coming years.”

Prof. Piattoni offered her congratulations to Prof. Andeweg on being elected Chair and wished him all the best for the coming period. With the change in timing of Council Meetings (from the Joint Sessions to the General Conference) this was Prof. Piattoni’s last Council Meeting before she stands down. She therefore gave a presentation on the achievements of her Executive Committee since her election in 2012. On behalf of the ECPR, Prof. Bull thanked Professor Piattoni and the other Executive Committee members who would be standing down before the Council met again (Profs. Niilo Kauppi, Manuel Sanchez de Dios, Jonas Tallberg and André Kaiser - who resigned earlier in the year), as well as Birgit Sauer and Mary Farrell, who he wished to thank in case, as cooptees intending to stand for election to the next EC, they were not to be elected.

The activities and achievements of the 2012-2015 Executive Committee will be produced in written form in the three year ECPR Activities Report which will be available from March 2015.

 

GSN Committee welcomes two new members for 2015-2017 27/11/2014

Elections for two new members of the GSN Committee took place between 15 October and 15 November 2014. Expressions of interest were received from 14 candidates and 177 votes were cast. The GSN are pleased to confirm that Marsida Bandilli (University of Antwerp) and Luca di Donato (Luiss Guido Carli University) received the highest number of votes and have therefore been elected to the GSN committee for 2015-2017. 

They have replaced Åsne Kalland Aarstad and Salvador Santino Regilme Jr, who have finished their terms. The ECPR and the GSN would like to thank them both for their contributions to the GSN over the last two years, and welcome Marsida and Luca to the Committee.  Further information about the GSN can be found here.

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