Educational Committee

Members 2017-2020
Gil Zalsman, Israel, chair
Avraham Avital, Israel
Katharina Domschke, Germany
Guy Goodwin, UK
Ekin Sönmez, Turkey

Purpose and goals
The Educational Committee is charged with propagating best practices in European applied neuroscience, from research methods and to clinical standards. As such, it oversees ECNP’s training activities and educational programmes, especially for early career scientists.

Tasks
The Educational Committee primarily oversees or contributes to:

  • Educational update sessions ECNP Congress. One session on Saturday and two sessions on three of the congress days, totalling seven sessions, focus on a continuous dialogue between participants and presenters. The educational update sessions discuss different dimensions of a subject relevant for clinical practice. The use of a Q&A system through the congress app provides an interactive component. Every year a call for submissions is sent out to obtain proposals for the congresses symposia and educational update sessions.

    The Educational Committee is also invited to submit online proposals one and a half years in advance (deadline 1 March). The chair of the Educational Committee is ex officio a member of the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) of the ECNP Congress. The SPC might ask input from the Educational Committee, after review of proposals received, for input on speakers or other suggestions.

  • ECNP School of Neuropsychopharmacology. Begun in 2009, the ECNP Schools were established to encourage excellence in clinical neuropsychopharmacology in early career practitioners and to contribute to the continuing improvement of the field’s high standards of practice. The co-ordinator of a school are responsible for the scientific programme, but the Educational Committee oversees the schools and might be involved if changes are requested by the school co-ordinators. Participants are also selected by the co-ordinator on the basis of their career potential, with two to three potential candidates per country. A maximum of 50 junior psychiatrists are accepted and their accommodation costs are covered by ECNP. There are two ECNP Schools, both held annually: the ECNP School of Neuropsychopharmacology in Oxford, England, with Guy Goodwin as co-ordinator; and the ECNP School of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychopharmacology in Venice, Italy, with Alessandro Zuddas as co-ordinator.

  • ECNP Research Internships. The ECNP Research Internship (ERI) programme provides two-week exploratory research internship opportunities for early career researchers, across the spectrum of applied and translational neuroscience. The hosting scientist (typically an ECNP Fellow or committee member) is encouraged to establish a long-term relationship with the intern and teach a basic or translational research method which the participant can use at home when he/she returns. The Educational Committee reviews online all applications received.

  • Enduring material. The Educational Committee is also asked to advise on ECNP’s digital educational strategy, including e-learning opportunities and webcasts of congress presentations. ECNP holds a significant store of content from its congresses and meetings and continually seeks new ways to provide a 365-day platform for its community.

Composition
The committee has a maximum of eight members including the chair. The term of service is three years. Members can be asked for a second term.

Time commitment
The Educational Committee meets as a committee once a year during the congress (September/October). All other meetings take place through Zoom teleconferences.

In return, Educational Committee members receive registration, travel expenses and one night’s accommodation at the ECNP Congress.