Welcome to the Spring 2017 edition of the AEA-Europe Newsletter. In this issue, our new AEA-Europe President, Dr. Thierry Rocher first jogs us down memory lane to the recent developments since our last annual conference in Limassol. Presentations sent to us have been uploaded to the website. Turnout for the General assembly meeting scheduled during the conference was higher than the previous years. Suggestions from members, to use various tools such as a new website and social media to extend the outreach of AEA-Europe, are already being taken on board. Our Facebook Page was launched in January and plans are now ongoing to give a new facelift to our website. Meanwhile, why not give a thought to how assessment cultures are reflected in your own context and submit a proposal to the upcoming 18th AEA-Europe conference in Prague in November 2017. If you are short on funds to attend the conference, read on to find out how you can apply for financial assistance through the Association’s participation fund. A call was also made for volunteers to join the Publication Committee to help the Association enhance the use of our social media and connect member actions through the use of thematic special interest groups related to assessment. Several members have responded positively and we are confident that the new ideas to be brought on board will continue to the serve goals of the Association.
Talking about Committees, our Professional Development Committee has been reinforced by Dr. Elena Papanastasiou who will assist in the AEA-Europe activities of accreditation, networking of doctorate students as well as with the revision of the Standards for Educational Assessment. Read further to learn more about international practices in setting and maintaining standards for national examinations, a theme which will be explored in a 3-day symposium in Oxford in March. Still about examinations, the Cambridge Assessment Network will run its next programme in May providing an overview of how to design and deliver valid and robust exams through practical workshops and inter-group learning. Researchers looking for a next opportunity to engage in discussions on educational assessment will be happy to note IEA’s next international research conference at the end of June also in Prague. IEA also wishes to inform readers about the appointment of Dr Andrea Netten as the new IEA Director in Amsterdam.
AEA-Europe Newsletter Editor