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DARMA update: Annual Meeting and Board vacancies

03 Mar 2017 12:32 | Olaf Svenningsen (Administrator)

After two months, the year 2017 begins to settle in, but what a start for a year! I never expected to live in a “post-factual” world, and I honestly think that this expression is as stupid as it is worrying. Working with science and research is the antithesis of “alternative facts”, and the political developments pose threats to our community, too. One small indication of what may come happened the other week. A researcher received a sub-award to a US Federal grant, and for the first time, the foreign component – i.e. the Danish sub-award – will be vetted by the State Dept. after the award decision was made by the funding agency. Trans-Atlantic research collaboration may be entering rough waters.

Meanwhile, DARMA is preparing for what will hopefully be one of our most active years. The study trip to Copenhagen was just held, and next week, DARMA goes to Munich. The Annual Meeting is coming up – please reserve 4–5th May if you haven’t already. The Board is finalizing the program and hope to publish it and open up for registration next week. We have been trying to realize a suggestion from the members from last year’s annual meeting, but it turns out to be tricky, and takes a lot of time. I had of course hoped to be able to publish the program earlier, but will do so next week.

The 2017 Annual Meeting will follow the same format as last year, but hopefully be even better, so make sure that you can attend. It will be great, as The Donald would put it.

On the downside for the Association, two of DARMA’s board members, Stine Bjorholm, and Jakob Feldtfos Christensen have changed jobs, and decided to step down from the Board. Both Stine and Jakob have made significant contributions to the Association, and I would like to extend my sincere and warm thanks for their work, and wish them all the best in their new jobs. We will sorely miss them as board members, but they will still be there as friends.

This means that there are vacancies in the Board that need to be filled. DARMA is a volunteer organization and very dependent on a dedicated and active board. Being on the board of DARMA has many benefits, and I strongly encourage any member who is interested in extending your network, get involved in exciting activities that promote and develop our profession, and shape the future of the Association, to run for the Board. In addition to the two vacancies, DARMA’s Treasurer, Karam, has reached the end of this term, and is not running for re-election, so we are looking for a new Treasurer, too.

If you are interested in running for the board, please contact me or any of the board members. We will also write blog posts about being on the board up until the Annual Meeting.

So I really hope to meet as many of you as possible in Nyborg on 4-5th May, and to welcome several new people to the Board!

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