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Message from Terry Robinson, President of EBPS

Updates for the New Year

 

Happy New Year to all! I am writing as we begin a new year to update everyone on a number of recent developments, especially concerning the relationship between the Society and the journal, Psychopharmacology (Springer). First, a contract with Springer has been finalized and signed by all parties and takes effect on Jan. 1, 2016. This establishes Psychopharmacology as the official journal of the Society, and this will be noted on the cover page of the journal. As part of the contract, all members of EBPS will have free electronic access to the journal. Two people deserve most of the credit for bringing this process to fruition. First, when he was President of the Society, Aldo Badiani initiated negotiations in earnest, and it is doubtful if our new relationship with Psychopharmacology would have ever happened without his efforts. Second, when she took over as President, Dora Duka kept the process moving, through many revisions of the contract, up to the final version, which I was able to sign shortly after the Verona meeting. So many thanks to Aldo and Dora for making this a reality.

 

An important clause in the contract is that EPBS gets to appoint an EBPS-liaison editor who will serve as both one of the Coordinating Editors and as one of the Principal Editors of the journal, in addition to 4-8 Advisory Editors to the EBPS-liaison editor. Therefore, another purpose of this letter is to announce the appointment of the EBPS-liaison editor. But first, I would like to inform you of the process by which the selection was made.

 

Shortly after the Verona meeting I formed an Advisory Committee to evaluate nominations for the position. The Advisory Committee consisted of the 3 Presidents of EBPS (present, past and elect; Terry Robinson, Dora Duka and John Cryan, respectively), two existing members of the Psychopharmacology editorial board (Trevor Robbins and Harriet deWit) and one member of the full committee (Yavin Shaham). Nominations were solicited from the membership at large, as well as from members of this committee. We started with a list of nearly 30 nominations, and eventually narrowed that down to a list of 12. The nominees on this short list were then ranked by all members of the Advisory Committee. This ranked list was then forwarded to, and further considered by, the three Presidents, and the General Secretary (Cristiano Chiamulera) and Treasurer (Anne Jackson) of EBPS, who also ranked the nominees. We next determined whether our preferred nominee was interested in taking on these duties, and are very pleased to announce that she is.

 

The first EBPS-liaison editor to Psychopharmacology will be Professor Christelle Baunez, who is a Team Leader in the Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone at CNRS and Aix Marseille Universite, Marseille, France. She begins her tenure on Jan. 1. Both congratulations and thanks to Christelle for agreeing to take on this job.

 

In addition, those who attended will know that the Verona meeting was a great success, and many thanks are due to Cristiano Chiamulera and his local organizing committee for the tremendous amount of work they did in putting together an outstanding joint meeting with EBBS. Finally, thanks to George Panagis for agreeing to organize our next meeting, which will be on 31/08/17 – 03/09/17, and will be held at a beautiful seaside resort in Crete. I hope people already have that date on their calendars and are planning to attend. See the EBPS website for more information.

 

Finally, I want to alert everyone about the upcoming EBPS Workshop being organized by Bruce Hope and Cyriel Pennartz, entitled, ‘A new era for neuronal ensembles in learning and perception’. The past 7 years have seen major technological changes in our ability to study neuronal ensembles in behavior, including calcium imaging and manipulation of Fos-expressing ensembles. This Workshop will present the latest technologies and biological findings from the scientists who developed the technologies, and how to use them. The discussion will include how alterations induced specifically within neuronal ensembles can alter the processing of complex sets of high-resolution information during learning, and how these ensembles encode long-lasting memories underlying the expression of these learned behaviors, including drug memories. The Workshop will be held in Amsterdam on September 15-16, 2016, so that is another date to put on your calendars – do consider attending, and watch the EBPS website for more information.

 

A happy and healthy New Year to all.

Terry

Call for Membership renewal 2016

Dear EBPS Member,

 

This is to remind you that it is time to renew your membership for 2016.  

 

As our membership grows, the associated costs of running the society do also, for example, our membership fee for FENS is linked to the total number of EBPS members. 

 

This year, we are therefore asking student members to pay a small fee, of €15.

 

Full membership of the EBPS remains the same, at €64 only.

 

Membership provides you with a number of benefits:

 

Free membership of FENS

Free online access to European Journal of Neuroscience

New in 2016 - Free online access to Psychopharmacology

Eligibility to apply for bursaries to attend EBPS workshops and biennial meetings (subject to age and status)

Eligibility to submit symposium proposals for future biennial meetings

Eligibility to nominate, and to be nominated, to the EBPS Distinguished Achievement Award and the EBPS Young Scientist Award

Reduced registration fees for the 2017 EBPS Biennial Meeting in Crete and other biennial meetings

Reduced registration fees for EBPS workshops 

 

To renew your membership, please go to

http://www.ebps.org

 

Please do this before 1st March, to be entitled to free membership of FENS.

 

With best wishes,

Anne Jackson

Treasurer - EBPS

EBPS Biennal Meeting Joint EBPS-EBBS Meeting

September, 12-15 2015 - Verona, Italy

 

In the EBPS business meeting in Verona it was announced (by the president) that a contract between EBPS  and Psychopharmacology was finalised and soon to be signed. With this contract Psychopharmacology becomes the journal affiliated with EBPS and offers to EBPS members free online access of the journal. On the basis of this contract EBPS will also nominate  an EBPS member as liaison Editor who will  serve as both Coordinating and Principal editor. This is an important achievement and we are looking forward working with Psychopharmacology.

 

We are also pleased to announce that the following EBPS awards were given at the Verona Meeting:

Distinguished Scientist Award to Gaetano Di Chiara

Young Scientist Award to Carlo Cifani


A report of the Verona meeting will be soon available at this link.

 

Thanks to all of you for attending and for the contribution.