President’s Greetings 2023

5.1.2023

                  

05.01.2023

Respected Colleagues, Dear Friends!

 

As the new year starts, I would like to update you all about the activities within our society and to express my sincere thanks to all the colleagues who are or have been involved in service to the EAVA.

Although the covid-19 virus is still circulating, life is not as dangerous and complicated as it has been in the recent 2 years. We see this, especially in our teaching life, where most of us can now enjoy teaching face-to-face again.

Another great proof was our 2022 YGVA meeting in Zurich, which was organized by Karl Klisch and his colleagues. I tremendously enjoyed meeting many of you there in a very relaxed atmosphere with lots of excellent science. Therefore, a big “Thank you very much” for great organization and hospitality goes to Zurich! More information on the meeting can be found in the Newsletter further below.

The next EAVA highlight will be our main congress, which will take place in Norway in July 2023. Erling Koppang and Håvard Bjørgen together with their colleagues from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences will organize this meeting in exactly the same spot as it took place many years ago. Many smaller and larger issues have been faced along the way therefore I am very grateful to these colleagues for all their efforts. I am already looking forward to meeting YOU there!

We can also announce a very exciting glimpse into the future. The colleagues around Giovanni Mogicato of the École Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse have expressed their wish to run the 2025 congress. The last meeting held in Toulouse was before my time in the association, meaning it was a really long time ago. We will have the opportunity to approve their bid next summer at our Oslo congress.

As a profession, we are all facing similar challenges, including major financial cuts leading to fewer positions and therefore fewer qualified junior staff. This problem is made even worse by the lack of face-to-face meetings, our younger colleagues may not know how nice it is to make friends or to build networks during meetings. Anyway, I am now optimistic that with our new freedom, it will be easier to attract young academics interested in a career in anatomy and importantly to help them into our community and retain them.

Again, I would like to remind you that you can contact me if you have questions, ideas, or remarks concerning our association. The new board is meeting regularly and will definitely deal with all matters brought to our attention in due course.

Finally, I hope you have had a peaceful and relaxing Christmas and that it has allowed you time to load your batteries with new power and ideas.

 

All the best for a happy, healthy, and successful New Year,

Christiane Pfarrer

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