The 3rd and concluding workshop of the TEPSA Training Programme, 27-29 May 2009, Stockholm

The 3rd and concluding workshop of the TEPSA Training Programme was organised at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), Stockholm in the framework of TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conference. The workshop started on 27 May 2009 with Yvonne Nasshoven, TEPSA, and Funda Tekin, University of Cologne giving feedback on the project applications that the participants had handed in after the 2nd workshop. This was followed by a brief presentation by Anne Schmidt, TEPSA, and Andreas Hofmann, University of Cologne on how to write a workshop report in preparation for the participants’ task as rapporteurs at the workshops during the Pre-Presidency Conference. The 1st day ended with a general evaluation of TEPSA Training Programme, where the participants shared their thoughts on the programme and offered advice on how to improve it in the future.

On 28 May, the participants joined the TESPA Pre-Presidency Conference at the SIIA where they were rapporteurs during the parallel workshops. The participants summarized the highlights of the discussions on posters that were presented during the lunch break on 29 May. At the conference dinner on 28 May the participants were awarded their certificates by Hanna Ojanen, Programme Director, Finnish Institute of International Affairs and TEPSA Board member, for successfully completing the training course on providing policy advice to policy makers, improving communication skills, and EU funding and project management.

After completing this first successful TEPSA training programme there are plans to develop and carry on this special programme for early stage researchers. The aim is to improve the young researchers’ professional skills in a transnational environment. The focus is especially on developing capacities for analysing, assessing, advising and administering EU-related issues and projects. The Training shall continue to familiarize young researchers with the needs and demands of the European Institutions for expertise and policy advice.