What a year! Never have we seen a year as disrupted as 2020 for our industry – that being both our academic and our business sides of the industry.
COVID-19 has dissolved our normal contexts and ways – our conference centers are bleeding, tourism has taken a severe hit, hotels are closing, classes are suddenly digital instead of physical, and our relations have changed overnight from in-person to on-line.
In this ever-increasing complexity and disruption of our day to day life, hoping for a vaccine, not knowing the shape of our business on the other side of this, I hope that these words will bring some familiarity, some consistency, and a source to rely on.
It is December and elections for the ICHRIE board are open. We are proud to tell you that we this year have 2 candidates from the EuroCHRIE Federation, Anders Justenlund & Ralf Burbach, running for board positions at the mother organization ICHRIE board – I hope, that you will support our federation, our footprint on the global association, in your voting.
Furthermore, it is time to renew our memberships. While 2020 was a challenging year in meeting on research and networks, we are proud to say that 2021 will bring both our virtual conference at the end of March and an amazing conference in Aalborg conference (eurochrie2020.org) in September. Two great events, where you get to meet, discuss, present and learn, in our EuroCHRIE network. Also, you will have the opportunity to attend several Webinars throughout the next year. I hope that you will use this holiday time to renew your membership and stay in the loop, for the upcoming conferences – when you participate in both, your membership is already earned back and we get to offer you great value and great memories for yet another year!
The membership of course still provides you with the usual values, research journals, webinars, network and more!
Should you have any inquiries on your membership, you are always welcome to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or our federation administrator Rai at email@example.com.
We are here for you, for our community.
May your holiday season bring you a well-earned break, upon a year full of challenges.
We look forward to meeting you again, or for the first time, in 2021!
Hjalte B. Mansa
EuroCHRIE Director of Membership