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The 2013 EGPA Annual Conference was organised in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and took place from September 11th to 13th.

The conference was preceded by a doctoral symposium on 9-10 September. 29 PhD Students participated in the Symposium chaired by Eckhart Schroeter, Christoph Reichard and Patrick von Maravic.  They discussed their research framework and results, the next steps of their PhD dissertation and the theoretical framework. John Halligan provided them with a conceptual and theoretical approach. At the end of the symposium, Andrew Massey, IRAS Editor in Chief, introduced the essentials to get publish in an international review. All the participants received a certificate attesting their participation to the seminar.

Different sessions prior to the Conference were dedicated to the initiatives managed by the members of EGPA networks: COST action meeting on Local Governments, COCOPS meeting (Coordination in the Public Sector), LIPSE meeting (Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments). These meetings established links between the members of the EGPA family and the EGPA partners like the bridges of Edinburgh connecting the north-east and south-east of the country with the rest of the world. Learning from the past and innovating for the future, the Edinburgh Conference gave us an excellent opportunity to share our experiences and projects.

During the Opening ceremony, Victor Bekkers provided the audience with a keynote speech on Social Innovations in the Public Sector.

More than 502 participants took part to the discussions on the different themes of the 19 EGPA Permanent Study Groups. We thank all the co-chairs for preparing and chairing the different sessions of the programme.

This year, the French-Speaking Seminar addressed the theme of: Public Manager under Pressure: New Trends in Public Decision-making. 30 participants discussed this important issue underlining the following elements: the Factors of the public manager’s decision-making processes, the Roles, processes, and tools of decision-making, the Effects of the decision-making process. A round table in cooperation with IGPDE, the Institute for public management and economic development. An agency of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance (Paris, Bercy, France) was organised on the theme: “When all things ‘new’ jostle the public manager: New technologies, new generations, new public management, and new organizational forms”

We would like to thank the Local organizing Committee for the excellent preparation and organisation of our 2013 EGPA Annual Conference.

Thank you Edinburgh!

2014 EGPA Conference

The 2014 EGPA Annual Conference will be organised by the Deutsch Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer from 10-12 September 2014 and will be preceded by the PhD Symposium on 8 and 9 September.

EGPA Steering Committee – Elections and Renewal

The new EGPA President, Professor Edoardo Ongaro, was elected during the EGPA General Assembly in Edinburgh on Friday, 13 September 2013.

The composition of the new steering committee was approved. Two members joined the Steering Committee as member: Emil Turc (France) and Karen Miller (UK)

For more information, please consult the Steering committee webpage.

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