Covid19 is bringing us closer together, but only at a distance. It’s a chance and challenge for all of us. It changes our daily routines, our professional and private lives and our perceptions of priorities, progress and perfection. For many of us the new academic year has already started, for others its start has been postponed. For all of us it will be more digital, more distanced, more demanding than we might wish.
Since you have placed your trust in my leadership, nothing has gone as expected: we could not meet for our conference in June, not discuss our papers over a Guinness in Dublin, we could not thank Thomas Durand for the exceptional energy he put in EURAM as our last president, we could not celebrate our 20th EURAM anniversary together, …
… but EURAM defies Corona: I am deeply grateful and moved to see the EURAM family coming together apart, taking the lead, innovating in formats for researching, learning, exchanging. The constraints triggered by the pandemic are driving all kinds of smaller and bigger innovations in our academy: the Academy held its last General Assemblyonline led by Thomas Durand; the 2020 EURAM Annual Conferencehad to move from June to December, from onsite to online, from weekdays to weekend; the 2020 EURAM Doctoral Colloquiumwill equally take place online on 7-8 December, this year not before, but after the Conference which will take place from 4-6 December.
In the meantime, the EURAM Community did not stand still.[...]