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EdoardoOngaroMilan 2017 – Perspectives for Public Administration in Europe

As President of the European Group for Public Administration, I am especially delighted to invite you to join us for the 2017 EGPA Annual Conference in Milan (Italy).

It will be a great occasion to convene together and to gather European academics and practitioners during three very intense days, hosted by the Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) School of Management at the new Bovisa Campus, itself a case of reconversion from the industrial activities of post-WWII to the economy of knowledge.

This will be also an opportunity for the young European Researchers in public administration to convene during the PhD and early career researchers symposium that will be held the two days before the Conference opening. Young public administration scholars will have an important opportunity to share their research experiences, to benefit of the theoretical and methodological recommendations of the Chairs and the invited Speakers for carrying out their thesis research, and to get to know each other and work together for building the scholarly community of the future of public administration research in Europe and beyond.

EGPA is back to Milano after 11 years. It is nice to see both crucial continuity and significant change. The spirit of EGPA, the sense of community, the intellectual vivacity and friendly climate of the Permanent Study Groups are the same: they embody the distinctive EGPA model and the contribution that EGPA furnishes to the field of public administration and public management in Europe and worldwide. Many programmes and activities are new: the EGPA Policy Papers on European Governance, to share knowledge with practitioners; the project ‘European Perspectives for Public Administration’ (EPPA), to develop a vision twenty years from now of the public administration of the future; the dialogue conferences with the scholarly communities across the world, to engage into generation of knowledge that is sensitive to context diversity; these are examples of novelties that have changed EGPA and its contribution to the study and the practice of public administration.

Unprecedented is also the sheer number of EGPA Permanent Study Groups, and the coverage of themes and sub-fields of inquiry and research, necessary to tackle a growing demand for the social scientific as well as the practical knowledge and wisdom for the development of public administration. The 22 Permanent Study Groups will find a most appropriate venue for their sessions and special panels.

The Local Organisers from Politecnico di Milano will take the opportunity to share with the 2017 EGPA Conference participants their expertise in developing high-quality research and training in collaboration with local stakeholders, as well as the organizational, technological and methodological solutions to support the bettering of government. The sharing of practices will also be a leitmotiv of the Conference.

In Milan, the participants will enjoy the unique traits of the capital of the Lombardy region and will certainly be impressed by the cultural offer of a lively city: the magnificent cathedral, the Duomo (‘there is no place where I feel more European than when I am in a gothic cathedral’, used to say one of the Founding Fathers of the European Union); the theatre Teatro alla Scala, world famous; the most impressive collections of artistic masterpieces from Italy and all over Europe. All this and much more will provide us with several reasons to be willing to stay longer in Milan and Italy.

We look forward to welcoming you in Milan and to your active participation to the 2017 EGPA conference!

Concludo questo messaggio di benvenuto con un caloroso invito a partecipare alla conferenza del 2017 del Gruppo Europeo di Amministrazione Pubblica. Spero di vedervi numerosi!

Prof. Edoardo Ongaro,

President of EGPA

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