AN UPDATE ON THE EADV TASK FORCES
By Prof. Dr. Ljiljana Medenica
Task Force Facilitator
As a result of the election carried out at the Board Meeting last year in Copenhagen, I had the privilege to be elected as the EADV Task Force Facilitator. My tasks include guiding and overseeing the EADV Task Force groups, mediating with the chairs, helping to develop a Task Force strategy in line with the EADV’s mission, reviewing outcomes and preparing the annual report on performed activities.
What is the purpose of the Task Forces?
Task Forces enable the EADV to influence and keep up to date in specialist areas within dermato-venereology as well as provide a structure for greater engagement of EADV members in their fields of expertise and links to existing subspecialty societies.
Task Force reapplication process
As a first step in my activities as a Task Force Facilitator, in accordance with the decision of the EC, all Task Forces (TFs) underwent a reapplication procedure to keep them active and of good value for the EADV. The TF Guidelines (officially approved by the EADV Board in October 2015) were respected and applied during this reapplication process.
EADV Task Forces: Current status
28 out of 38 existing TFs and 3 new additional TFs submitted their application form: they were asked to provide a mission statement, key aims on what they expect to achieve, business plan and their internal structure. During the 29th EADV Board Meeting in Athens in April 2016, 31 TFs were finally approved and made official. The list of the current Task Forces can be found on the EADV website (www.eadv.org/scientific/task-forces).
Task Force Structure
Being a TF Chair/Co-Chair implies 1) being an EADV member specialized in a distinct topic, 2) respecting the term of office of 4 years (extendable on request by 2 years), 3) not being a chair on other EADV committees, working groups or Task Forces.
From the outcome of the reapplication process, it was observed that each TF had a different composition and number of Chairs and/or co-Chairs.
During a videoconference with the EC it was decided that each TF should be composed of 1 Chair and up to 2 Co-Chairs. The idea behind this is to have one key person who is responsible for the TF and one or two joining forces able to bring together the group and the activities.
Task Force Membership vs. EADV Membership
Not all Chairs and/or Co-chairs were also EADV members. During the process many chairs have been persuaded to become members: several had their membership disabled (not paid for years) or were not members at all. All agreed that chairing a Task Force is a great opportunity and therefore becoming an EADV member makes them more connected, more inspired and gives them more inside benefits.
TF Chairs also encouraged their TF members to apply for EADV membership.
Activities of the Task Forces:
List of Task Forces approved by the EADV Board in Athens, April 2016
Published on the EADV Newsletter, September 2016