Presidents report 2011_agm_0615


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  1. 1. EDEN Annual General Meeting Dublin, June 20, 2011 President’s Report
  2. 2. Executive Committee <ul><li>Five new members in the Board in 2010, ambitious and dynamic work, widening capacities. </li></ul><ul><li>Activities reorganised and structured along major clusters of tasks, with roles and responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous, efficient collaboration with the Vice Presidents </li></ul><ul><li>Well prepared EC meetings (Budapest, Athens and Dublin) as well as several online meetings </li></ul>
  3. 3. Strategic aims for the new Executive Committee (EC) <ul><li>Improve the EC functioning, performance and structures </li></ul><ul><li>Sustain the impact of conferences and improve their business results </li></ul><ul><li>Implement strong membership development activities, develop further the membership services </li></ul><ul><li>Revitalise the NAP area on the web </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade the presence and contribution in EU projects </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen the academic value and impact of EURODL and the conference publications </li></ul><ul><li>Preparations for the renewal of the Open Classroom movement and the 2011 conference in Athens </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient organisation and communication of the 20 th Anniversary </li></ul><ul><li>Renewal of the EDEN web site , design, structure and services </li></ul><ul><li>Build systematically on the collaboration with the EDEN Fellows , make their involvement regular, relevant and visible </li></ul>
  4. 4. Continue the mainstream strategy based on the synergies of: <ul><li>organisation building </li></ul><ul><li>international networking </li></ul><ul><li>membership services </li></ul><ul><li>professional development </li></ul><ul><li>moderate policy work </li></ul>
  5. 5. Main operational tasks <ul><li>Membership development: to enlarge number of NAP members, strengthening the community, </li></ul><ul><li>EU Projects: to promote EDEN’s project services, </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences: content and policy development, enhanced marketing of the events, </li></ul><ul><li>Open Classroom: 2011 Conference in Athens, reform of the Working Group </li></ul><ul><li>20th Anniversary: to promote high impact, including the strategic evaluation of the past two decades, future scenarios </li></ul><ul><li>Communication : EDEN website renewal in forefront </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsors : systematic co-operation to be developed </li></ul><ul><li>EDEN Secretariat: maintain the good standard of office work and management </li></ul>
  6. 6. Membership <ul><li>Membership development and improvement of services high on the agenda </li></ul><ul><li>2011: development in the affiliate membership structures, in particular in Norway, Lithuania and Russia </li></ul><ul><li>Stable membership in 2010-2011: 195 institutions and 1146 individuals (NAP) in the membership. There are over 400 institutions represented as institutional or NAP members. </li></ul><ul><li>Since the 2010 AGM, 33 institutions joined EDEN – twice as much as in 2010. NAP members increased by 175 </li></ul><ul><li>Strict procedure in the EC for approving new members </li></ul><ul><li>For 2012, following over a decade of unchanged conditions, modest membership fee increase is proposed </li></ul>
  7. 7. EDEN Fellows <ul><li>System of the EDEN Fellow awards continued in 2010-11. </li></ul><ul><li>The first meeting of the EDEN Fellows was organised in Dublin, before the Conference. </li></ul><ul><li>Valuable discussion about how to support and promote EDEN by policy advice, experience and develop the Fellows’ activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Significance of the group – a unique think tank of EDEN </li></ul><ul><li>Position Paper as deliverable of the meeting, to be presented on Tuesday </li></ul><ul><li>Fellows’ meeting to be developed as tradition, make it sustainable, producing impact and visibility. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Management, Finances, Secretariat <ul><li>Rational, transparent and practical approach and decision-making. </li></ul><ul><li>Main blocks of incomes: Membership fees, Conferences, EU projects </li></ul><ul><li>Financial situation checked closely. Cash flow of the Association stable. In the books, 2010 closed with negative balance </li></ul><ul><li>Membership fees: according to the auditors, correct, strict treatment of payments and management of respective debts is requested </li></ul><ul><li>Hosting Service Agreement with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics renewed - stable background for the functioning of the Secretariat </li></ul>
  9. 9. European project work <ul><li>2010: EDEN in eight EU projects, with efficient „service packages” </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences: meeting points, venues of workshops and seminars. </li></ul><ul><li>Good performance in dissemination and exploitation recognised by the EU </li></ul><ul><li>2011: number of invitations/ proposals with EDEN as partner is 26 – very high </li></ul>
  10. 10. Conferences <ul><li>2010 Valencia: close to 400 delegates, excellent programme, 49 countries represented, 17 % outside from Europe. </li></ul><ul><li>Research Workshop October 2010 in Budapest , 130 delegates, Canada, USA, Australia represented. Outstanding professional content, successful organisation and partnership building </li></ul><ul><li>2011 Dublin over 420 delegates. Complex conference theme and approach well understood: “Learning and sustainability”. </li></ul><ul><li>Open Classroom Conference Athens , October : „Never waste a crisis” Ellinogermaniki Agogi as host </li></ul><ul><li>2012 Annual Conference in Oporto, Portugal: „Open Learning Generations” – in the European Year of Active Ageing </li></ul><ul><li>Best research paper - valuable tradition of awarding (in co-operation with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation), in support of enhancement of academic quality </li></ul>
  11. 11. Communication - WEB <ul><li>Renewal of the EDEN website Layout refreshment, streamlining of the internal structure, better visibility, more contemporary appearance, for transparent and visible content on the site </li></ul><ul><li>Improved content and relevance of the monthly EDEN Newsflashes </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing request for open access to resources Book of Abstracts and full texts of the EDEN conference proceedings in the new Web structure are available online </li></ul>
  12. 12. EDEN 20th Anniversary Year <ul><li>20th Anniversary: is considered as a good occasion for looking back – and forward </li></ul><ul><li>“ Anniversary Certificate” Anniversary logo and “Member of EDEN” e-badge sent to members </li></ul><ul><li>Visionary summary: “how do you see EDEN in 20 years” </li></ul><ul><li>Fellows’ Meeting contribution </li></ul>The future is in the hand of our learners: young people who were born in the year when EDEN was born