IPSERA Spirit Through Adversity
It is an honour to be the new President of our wonderful community. I began my membership of IPSERA in 1997, on the beautiful island of Ischia, and was ushered into a community that I had no idea I would still be part of 23 years later. I have come to realise how lucky I am to be part of such an incredible group of people. A group of people who are thoughtful, supportive, and extremely talented.
As we go through this uncertain time in our lives, I believe it is the IPSERA spirit, the bedrock of our association, that will help us to thrive. IPSERA is community that not only tolerates but celebrates diversity, openness and inclusion and allows people to truly be who they are and to bring all aspects of themselves to our community, which makes it vibrant, lively and great fun.
Michael, as well as our past Presidents, Helen, Veli-Matti, Dirk-Jan, Alessandro and beyond, as well as our IPSERA Executive Committee and Association Members have helped to foster a community that excels at cutting-edge, daring and insightful purchasing and supply research and education, while fostering the ideas of impact, practical application and engaging with our stakeholder communities.
Over the next year, we will be updating the strategy for IPSERA and we need the voice of our community to ensure that the strategy is community-driven and developed for the benefit of all. I would particularly welcome our Masters and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty at the beginning of their careers, to get in touch and help us shape a community that benefits you and that you can be proud of.
For the first time in our history, our conference will be online. Times of immense upheaval are ripe for reflection, redesign and transformation. With your help and advice, we can create an online conference that truly helps us individually and as a community. Your ideas and advice are invaluable for making this happen.
Again, it is my absolute pleasure to be President of this association and I hope that together we can use the IPSERA spirit to make sure our community thrives.