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European Pharmaceutical Students' Association | Bringing pharmacy knowledge and students together. Volume 24 | Edition 1 | November 2016

Annual Congress: The congress from another perspective

New Members: Meet our new EPSA members

Mental Health: Don't let stress get you depressed

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Table of contents Editor’s words Presidential words


Internal New Team LS and NIMP of the year Meet our members factsheet Members Fund

Dear readers,

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Events Annual Congress Report Summer University Report

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Education Science Day Winner Hygiene Your Summer Soft Skills Mental Health

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Mobility Twinnet 26 European Voluntary Service 27

External Individual Mobility Project 28 Mentoring Project 29 External Events by EPSA Team 30 IPSF 31 Roche 32

It is my great pleasure to present to you the EPSA Newsletter Volume 24, Edition 1 on behalf of the whole European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association. The first EPSA Newsletter was published in December 1979 and right now, you are holding its 70th edition. The world of pharmacy is dynamic and new ideas are put into reality every day. Here, we want to provide you with a sneak peek of what has been going on around Europe in the last few months. This edition of the Newsletter reveals memories of attended events, testimonials of EPSA officials, members and alumni and more! In addition, we are honoured to introduce the newest EPSA members and provide you with some more insight into the variety of EPSA projects we are working on, such as our public health campaigns, our Mentoring Project, our mobility opportunities and many more! Not only does the EPSA Newsletter reach a round number this year, but also our association is thrilled to celebrate its 40th Anniversary during the 40th Annual Congress in Slovenia with all its members and friends. Lastly, I would like to thank all the contributors to this Newsletter: EPSA Team, EPSA officials, external authors, but especially the EPSA Public Relations department and the Editorial Board, for their great efforts in making this edition happen. After this being said, I wish you a pleasant reading and hope the EPSA spirit will move you as well!

Charlotte Jacobs

What is EPSA to you? Map of Europe Events Calendar Executive Contacts

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EPSA Vice President of Public Relations 2016-2017

Special thanks to: Gökberk Alp Yakar (Design), Cláudia Ferreira (Editing) Editorial Board: Nikola Lazarevski, David Kološic, Natalie James, Mia Šojat, Charlotte Jacobs | @EPSA_Online

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What is new? Dear EPSA friends,

November has come and with it the European pharmacy students once again gather at one of the most famous EPSA events – the Autumn Assembly. It doesn't matter whether you're joining to actively help shape the Association and its future by attending the General Assembly, to learn more about scientific matters that surround pharmacy studies by joining the Educational Programme, or just to meet new people and old friends, this esteemed event guarantees long-lasting memories for everyone. Twelve years ago, EPSA introduced its second General Assembly of the year, 1st EPSA Autumn Assembly, which was held in Prague, Czech Republic in October 2004. Today, hosted in the outstanding country of Romania, the participants of the 13th EPSA Autumn Assembly will have the chance to firsthand experience how contagious the EPSA spirit really is, while learning and growing immensely as individuals and future Pharmacists. Three years have passed since my very first Autumn Assembly and I could not be more proud to attend this event with such an amazing group of talented individuals - the EPSA Team 2016-2017. This Team officially started its mandate at the end of July, when our 1st Team Meeting took place in the beautiful city of Łódź, Poland.

During those three days, the Team assembled to discuss the upcoming year. Plans of action and final reports took an active voice and old, new and restructured projects were passionately presented. From education to public relations, passing through external affairs and mobility, complementing with administration and internal affairs, all the EPSA matters and departments were carefully introduced and debated. This edition of the Newsletter highlights the EPSA events that happened in the past months - the Annual Congress in Helsinki, hosted by Finnish Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (FiPSA Finland), and the Summer University in Białystok, Poland, hosted by Young Pharmacy Poland (YP Poland). You will also be able to find articles about our latest activities in the educational and mobility areas, as well as brief digests of some external events in which EPSA was represented. Do not forget to have a quick look at our Map of Europe to get familiar with what our dear members were up to! I am very confident this edition of EPSA Newsletter and the Autumn Assembly have everything to amaze you and persuade you to become (or continue to be!) a loyal EPSA fan. Stay connected for more surprises and partaking on the development and growth of our Association!

Yours in EPSA,

Catarina Nobre EPSA President 2016-2017

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One late April evening in Helsinki, when everyone’s eyes were getting heavy with the congress week beginning to take its toll, Katarzyna (EPSA President 2015-2016) announced one last award of the night. At this point, I was sure there was nothing that could make the past week any more unforgettable, but as ŠS SFD was announced the EPSA Member of the Year 2015-2016, I was proven wrong. ŠS SFD stands for Students' section of Slovenian Pharmaceutical Society. Established in 1997, it represents all of the 950 students (and one snake), studying at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Ljubljana. If it wasn’t for the strict word limit, I would tell you about our numerous and diverse projects and the high amount of teamwork that goes into them, however, coming from such a small country, keeping our activities strictly domestic, is not an option. That is why we strive to make the most of what international student organisations have to offer us, or in other words, we keep the EPSA spirit alive. How? By promoting, pursuing and adopting its projects, but most importantly, the sharing of EPSA experience. A result of this is, no doubt, the high number of ŠS SFD members attending the EPSA events. Going as high as 36 people at the 2016 Annual Congress alone, is proof that the EPSA spirit has never run higher. This is a sign that Slovenians are now more ready than ever to take a step into the unknown, explore the options of pharmacy in Europe, pursue something more than formal education has to offer and experience student life unparalleled to any on a national level.

Highlights from the past year other than the record delegation? Two Twinnets, several of our members becoming EPSA Trainers and Team Members, and, of course, being confirmed as the host for the upcoming EPSA Annual Congress 2017, just to name a few. However, our accomplishments as members only reflect the strength that comes from the organisation we are members of. So, on behalf of ŠS SFD, I would once again like to thank EPSA for providing us with so many different opportunities whilst also acknowledging our hard work to undertake and nurture them. This only motivates us to go even further.

Katja Olenik EPSA Liaison Secretary for ŠS SFD Slovenia, 2015-2016

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LS and NIMP of the year 9 LS of the year article by Leonor Soares (APEF)

NIMP of the year article by Philipp Carter (ASEP)

My name is Leonor Soares and I was the Liaison Secretary (LS) for APEF, Portugal between 2014 and 2015.

The wishes, needs and dreams of young pharmacy students are very similar in all of our countries. The chances to follow them are unfortunately not.

If you want a life-changing challenge, being an LS is the perfect position for you!

Trying to make this frustrating situation better was my main motivation to volunteer as a NIMP for asep, Switzerland.

When I was asked to write this article, I found it really difficult to express how this experience was for me. How can you translate a whole year full of new and exciting experiences into 160 words? You can’t. You have to live it.

The title of my article is an old socialist slogan. Based on this slogan and my abilities, I wanted to contribute to the progression of the IMP, EPSA and as many European students as possible.

Being an LS is about growing; exchanging ideas, good practices and customs; sharing love; making new friends; delivering your best for both associations; representing your students; spreading EPSA activities, projects and opportunities; learning; teaching; arguing; working; not being afraid to speak up; Skype meetings; emails; GAs; working hard and playing harder; travelling; visiting new places; a life-changing experience that will transform you into a better and more competent person. And all that remains is Saudade. Saudade - Portuguese word that means you miss something.

Leonor Soares LS of the year APEF Portugal, 2015-2016

I tried to use the extremely good conditions in my hometown Basel, Switzerland (global headquarters of Hoffmann-La Roche and Novartis) and my personal contacts to fulfill this task. During the last year, I found a good partner in the HR department of my former employer Hoffmann-La Roche. This contact allowed me and the EPSA Executives to secure a sponsorship deal between them and EPSA. We also distributed some of their internships through EPSA channels. This allowed a Croatian student to land an internship in their technical regulatory affairs department. As a NIMP I enjoy the treats of EPSA (such as our legendary congresses and the amazing friendships), but I'm also able to give back something to the European students and the EPSA family. Hopefully some of you will be able to enjoy the beauty and experiences that come with an internship in Switzerland. I would gladly welcome you. - See you soon

Philipp Carter NIMP of the year ASEP Switzerland, 2015-2016 | @EPSA_Online

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EMUPSS, Cyprus

EMUPSS (Eastern Mediterranean University WHY EPSA? Pharmacy Students Society) is a student-run, non-profit, non-governmental, non-religious organisation based in Famagusta, North Cyprus. It launced on May 14, 2014. In North Cyprus the national language is Turkish. The most known traditional food are molehiya and kebap which is usually preferred to be eaten with our traditional drink Rakı. EMUPSS is active student body at the Faculty Of Pharmacy in EMU. It accepts all students at the faculty and currently have 300 members. EMUPSS has an executive committee of 9 people; • • • • • • • • •

President and IPSF Contact Person, Alia Henedi. Vice President, Muhammed Magaji Yusuf Treasurer, Shilan Hassanzadeh Secretary, Zeina Henedi Events Coordinator, Zamo Bakhtyar Research Officer, Nashat Hababa Public Relations Officer, Ecem Tansoy Member at large, Ammar Al Safwa Student Exchange Officer, Safiye Cagansel

EMUPSS is a member of International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) and a member of European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (EPSA).

Among the various pharmacy student associations, EMUPSS’s aims, objectives and activities are more in tune with the vision of EPSA. EMUPSS members are interested in expanding the role in EPSA beyond just membership by actively participating in its activities and events. EMUPSS wanted to join EPSA in order to give its members the chance to connect with other European pharmacy students and exchange ideas, experiences, knowledge in addition to building friendships that would last a lifetime.

1st National Congress | May 2016 EMUPSS organises academic and educational activities such as conferences and seminars for its members, to broaden their knowledge about the different fields of pharmacy. The biggest event for EMUPSS was The 1st National Congress which was held between 14th-16th of May 2016, hosted for students from different countries. EMUPSS also holds various disease awareness campaigns for pharmacy students and other students at EMU to raise awareness about the importance of prevention, early detection and treatments of common diseases.

Presenting EMUPSS at EPSA Autumn Assembly | Finland 2016

Visit to School of Children In Need | December 2015 European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association

Meet our new members ASFRM, Moldova

Asociația Studentilor Farmacisti din Republica Moldova (ASFRM) • • • • • •

President, Alexandr Galațanu Vice President, Boaghi Marina Secretary, Vesiolîi Sorina Treasurer, Butescu Olga IT Department Coordinator, Curac Victor Culture Department Coordinator, Gușan Marcel • Projects Department Coordinator, Țurcanu Eugenia • External Relations Department Coordinator, Ermurache Cristina

11 Meat products hold a special place in traditional Moldovan cuisine, especially as an appetizer or the first course. Roasted and grilled pork, beef meatballs (known as pârjoale and chiftele) and steamed lamb are common. Meat and fish are often marinated and then grilled. Non-alcoholic beverages include stewed-fruit compotes and fruit juice. Popular alcoholic beverages are divin (Moldovan brandy), beer, and local wine.

Number of faculties: 1 Capital City: Chișinău

Number of members you are bringing to EPSA: 530 members

National language: Romanian


National dish and drink The best known Moldovan dish is mămăligă (a cornmeal porridge). It is served with stews and meat dishes or simply garnished with cottage cheese, sour cream, or pork rind. Regional delicacies include brânză de oi (salty cheese) and ghiveci (a lamb or goat stew). The local wines are served with most of the meals. Lots of fresh vegetables like tomatoes, sweet peppers, aubergine, cabbage, beans, onions, garlic, and leek are used in salads and sauces. The various kinds of borș (ciorbă) include a wide range of soups with a characteristic sour taste. These may be meat, vegetable or fish soups all of which are soured by borș (traditionally made from bran), or lemon juice. Chicken soup with meat, known as zeamă, is very popular.

We, as students, have a lot in common. We are young, clever, happy and we are in Europe. I said, why not? This is our chance to meet a lot of people like us and we can share many things with different students during the EPSA events. Our purpose is to improve students’ lives and knowledge and this is the best way to do it. We are beginners and we need to develop, thus the EPSA community is the best way of us doing this. Thank you EPSA for accepting us in your family.

The field in which we have experience: in External Relations and Projects. | @EPSA_Online

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MUPSA & USF & MPSA Starting a new project from scratch has many challenges, particularly because of the organisational and financial aspects. Fortunately, we are very lucky to have EPSA which always supports its members in every step! EPSA has launched a new competition that encourages its members to organise new projects and supports them financially.

studies and psychopharmacology presentations. The social part of the Twinnet was full-on too - we arranged a welcome party during the first night, followed by a Pharmacy Ball on the Bosphorus during the second night, ending with a Turkish Night where we presented our traditional cuisine and drinks.

MUPSA, Turkey participated in the Members I would like to thank EPSA for providing us with Fund competition and was awarded the highest fund among the other applying associations. Being one of the winners of this competition truly motivated us and enabled us to organise new Twinnets during the spring term!

There was hard work and dedication in organising the project - the preparation for it started several months in advance. The first part of the Twinnet was held in Freiburg between the 9th and 13th March. Even though it was the first Twinnet held by the Freiburg Team, the quality of the organisation was very high. We are incredibly thankful for their hospitality, everything was perfect!

The next part of the project was organised in Istanbul between the 13th and 17th May, the theme was "Different Perspectives of Pharmaceutical Care". The educational part started with workshops, followed by a training, by the EMSA Trainers Merve Yıldırım and Naz Çakır, who delivered a training on "Team Management". It was quite interesting. Some exercises, such as making a marshmallow tower with the group took place. On the second day of the educational part, there were workshops with a multidisciplinary approach to clinical pharmacy, case European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association

such an opportunity, as well as the MUPSA Team, the Freiburg Team and the Back-up Team members who made this project unforgettable! Lastly, I would recommend everyone to embark on this journey - it is long but worthwhile.

Baran Arslan LS MUPSA, Turkey 2015-2016

Spread the Love Generation – 10th Training New Trainers, 7th to 23rd July 2016, Brno, Czech Republic Summer time – the time of holidays, beaches, travelling and no school, of course! However, 14 enthusiastic students seized the opportunity to come to the Czech Republic to find out what it takes to become a soft skills trainer. The 10th edition of Training New Trainers event happened in July in the university city of Brno. Moreover, this event was organised together with the International Veterinary Students‘ Association (IVSA) for the first time and we were happy to welcome students from all over the world – from Poland to Tunisia. During the week, the students practiced numerous aspects of what is necessary to become an excellent trainer. For this event, the EPSA trainers Adéla Firlová and Vojtěch Ondra were joined by the IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations) trainer, Nissa Khan, and EFPSA (European Federation of Psychology Students’ Associations) trainer, Astrid van der Gun, to guide participants.


In the end, everyone was challenged to deliver their first training and after a sleepless night, new Trainer candidates were born. Yes, they still have a long path ahead, however, it is safe to say that Spread the Love Generation has stepped in the right direction to help others master different soft skills.

Zuzana Jirotková LS USF, Czech Republic 2015-2016

MPSA, Macedonia Being a dedicated and ambitious student in the final years of studies, or a freshman trying to figure out the complexity of the pharmaceutical sciences can be a challenging task, especially if one does not dedicate enough time for him/herself. Therefore, the main goal of this year’s MPSA Mental Health Awareness Campaign was focused on the students at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Skopje, their personal development, the road to self-awareness and self-realisation during the studies, and methods of stress management in everyday stressful situations. In order to act effectively and practically, we chose every possible way of interaction with the students, both passive and active. The campaign consisted of three parts: a one day mental health and personal development seminar, photo challenge and ‘Stressless’

hiking to the top of the Vodno mountain, in Skopje. During the seminar, students experienced a different and interactive lecture delivered by Prof. Dr. Emilija Stoimenova Canevska, who is a respected Gestalt psychotherapist and Dean at the International Balkan University in Skopje. Besides motivation, students learned the core meanings of ‘contact’ and ‘communication’ as tools for self-care and care for the others. The inspiring lecture was followed by trainings on active listening and critical thinking, during which participants had an opportunity to develop these soft skills. During coffee breaks the cameras were switched on and the photo challenge began. Each participant contributed in spreading the word on social media as part of the global EPSA-IPSF joint online campaign, in order to raise awareness about the depression and end the stigma around this disorder. Last but not least, the physically and mentally challenging but fun ‘Stressless’ hike to the top of Vodno mountain. MPSA Macedonia plans to maintain hiking activities for students, so we plan on doing more ‘Stressless’ hikes this year. Finally, on behalf of the MPSA Macedonia Executive, I would like to express a huge gratitude for the financial support EPSA provided, so we could implement this project on a local level. Hopefully, reading this article will inspire many associations to be motivated and prepare a unique idea with which they could apply to the next Members Fund Competition. Good luck to all of you and one last piece of advice - don’t keep ideas locked inside your brain, express them!

Veronika Stoilkovska MPSA, Macedonia 2016-2017 | @EPSA_Online

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Through the eyes of the Reception Committee I am still amazed about the fact that we made it. On the other hand, this was the best team I have ever worked with. The Reception Committee (RC) was made of a combination of talent and experience – rumour has it that for many participants this was their best EPSA event so far. That is surely something to feel proud of (although we Finns do not tend to brag).

There was not much time for sleep, but high levels of stress kept us going. We always had something to do, no matter whether it was 2 AM or 5 PM, so you didn’t have time to notice if you were tired or not. I was running between the venues all day and I think the exercise gave me some extra energy as well. Now, let’s get behind the scenes! Most of the work was done already way before the congress week (publications, logistics, finding sponsors and speakers, catering, helping committee training, to give you some examples). However, I think all RC members will agree with me when I say that the actual congress week was the most hectic time of our work. When there is almost 400 participants and more than 30 people working, surely all the things won’t go as planned. As the Backup Team Coordinator, I didn’t have a day without schedule changes and almost every day there was a new helper coming to work. Nevertheless, I quickly learned to love my work and I was honoured to lead the Helping Team.

Most of us attended and worked at the parties. Sadly, I did not have much time to interact with regular participants elsewhere. I did not make as many new Facebook friends as at congresses I had attended before, but I got to work with the amazing RC and EPSA Team. Without a doubt, EPSA Annual Congress 2016 was one of the best experiences of my whole life.

Saara Ruokonen Backup Team Coordinator/ Reception Committee Member EPSA Annual Congress 2016

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39th EPSA Annual Congress Through the eyes of Alumni The EPSA Alumni Weekend of the 39th EPSA Annual Congress was once again the perfect opportunity to meet old EPSA friends, as well as to get to know new students getting involved in EPSA.

The first day was particularly intense: during the EPSA elections, Alumni were present to ask questions to the candidates and assess their motivation to support EPSA for a whole year. And what better way to interact with all these people than by joining the International Night right after?


be more aware of professional « pitfalls ». During the afternoon, we took on a team building activity in an escape room, where Alumni had to work together to solve puzzles leading to the exit from a locked room. However, all of this was topped off with the best moment of the weekend in my opinion: the sauna and Alumni dinner, with traditional Finnish student songs, rituals and homemade Finnish delicacies.

The last day was dedicated to a full session on Chat with Professionals and the Alumni meeting, which was carried out in style, discussing EPSA whilst drinking cocktails on a rooftop bar. The usual Gala night followed, concluding the weekend and allowing the post-Congress depression to kick in. The Alumni Coordinator, Jeanne Kern, as well as the Alumni and Reception Committee representatives, Inkatuuli Heikkinen, Tiia Metiäinen and Heidi Jäntti, did a fantastic job organising the event and made it a memorable EPSA event once again!

The second day started with a career development lunch, kindly provided by DRA Consulting. It was the perfect opportunity to discuss the challenges we all face in the first years of career with Alumni and how we can improve the situation by learning from each other. As Alumni, this is certainly a key activity that such a network can potentiate: improving professional development by learning from each other and hopefully helping students to

João Duarte EPSA Alumnus and Honorary Life Member | @EPSA_Online

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Białystok, Poland

How am I going to fit six days of life-changing memories, friends and experiences into one small article? This was my first thought when I started writing about my experience of the 18th EPSA Summer University held from 2nd to 8th August 2016 in Białystok, Poland.

The story began when I was selected as the winner of the EPSA Sqore competition and received a free ticket for my first visit into the world of EPSA. Here, I will share my top three memories. Since this was my first time attending an EPSA event, one of the workshops I chose was the EPSA Workshop. Not only did I learn about EPSA, the Team and their mission for students around Europe, I also got to be in the best picture of this event!

The second memory is the treasure hunt game. I have to say, walking together with a small group of total strangers, in a totally unknown city, with a map in your hands and a desire not to get lost is something special. It was amazing! We saw the beauties of Białystok, as well as getting to know each other much better (not to mention, we won. Go Yellow Team!).

Last, but not least, the Public Health Campaign. This is, by far, my most valuable experience of all. It was the part where all of us truly connected with our roles as pharmacists. To see 120 pharmacists in one place, from 20 different countries working on the same issue to benefit the public was quite a sight. And I am grateful I was a part of it. Finally, thank you EPSA, Reception Committee, Helping Team and all of the participants who helped making this Summer University a unique experience for everyone. We have certainly ‘Polished Our Skills’! See you at the next EPSA event (wherever that might be)!

Rijad Šerak Participant EPSA Summer University 2016

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A Hero with a Thousand Faces Winner of the Sqore Competition Not all heroes wear capes, at least not the ones from comic books, but pharmacists do wear them, and they deserve it. Armed with knowledge and passion to help other people they act as heroes, heroes to children, adults and the elderly. Not often recognized as one, but what exactly does make a pharmacist “a hero with a thousand faces”?


And no matter what, he needs to deliver. Every time, and with a smile.

It was, for a long time, considered that magic was the right and only way to restore health and strength to the body. But a lot has changed since then. Maybe, that is why pharmacists wear coats today, as a sign of resemblance to a magician? Who knows. One thing is definitely sure, they are not magicians and they do not appear in white coats only. And like our everyday heroes, they are often neglected. One of the many faces of a pharmacist is also his truthfulness. Honesty is his priority and he will not withhold anything, just like a true friend. Besides this he has many skills on his hands. He is respectful, unbiased, open and communicative. A pharmacist needs to be informed with the latest trends in healthcare and gain new knowledge everyday and is obligated to disseminate it. He never stops learning and sharing new information, tips and guidelines which make him a community leader and an educator with a purpose, which is patient’s well-being. But, I almost forgot, the most important face of a pharmacist, is that he is your friend. Pharmacists belong to the healthcare world and they present figures that are of big importance to improving everybody’s lives. Even though they work in a broad palette of areas, most of them work in pharmacies which is their home ground. It is there they play their key role. Pharmacists are the very last link in the whole chain, beginning from doctors, carers to prescribers, that ultimately makes them accountable and in charge of one’s life. It is their obligation to do what is right and guide the patient to it’s recovery. But, “why is that so?” you might ask. It is because of responsibility. This is what makes a pharmacist stand out in the healthcare world and it is what makes him so important. He is the last filter that tells whether the therapy and the drug are correct. Responsibility is one of the key “faces” that make a pharmacist a hero.

He is your local neighbour. He is the person that cares and advises you in times of need, no matter how you look, think or feel. He is no more than you and I, just an ordinary person and yet, a hero. Truly, a hero with a thousand faces.

Rijad Šerak Participant EPSA Summer University 2016 | @EPSA_Online

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Interview with the winners Science Day Poster: Presentation Winner

Science Day: Oral Presentation Winner

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your research?

1. Tell us about your research and the EPSA Science Day Oral Presentation Competition.

Hello! My name is Acacia and I am a recently qualified pharmacist in the United Kingdom. I presented my research on “Customers’ Opinions on Novel Pharmacy Services in the UK”, which included a questionnaire about services, such as home visits, discharge support, alcohol screening, consultations with a healthcare professional and much more. I believe this could be a future role for community pharmacists and I wanted to share my findings with students from other countries that have implemented or are trying to implement similar services.

During my studies I was always frustrated with the attitude our professors showed towards dietary supplements. I decided to investigate protein dietary supplements myself, since these products are widely used in amateur sports to enhance muscular growth and similar products are used for reducing the effects of general and cancer-induced cachexia. I determined their quality by evaluating the individual amino acid and total protein contents and developed a method for amino acid analysis using automatic derivation and high-pressure liquid chromatography. I discovered that the majority of specifications for these products were outside the acceptance criteria. However, these inaccuracies are considered unimportant and should not affect the human health. In the future, I hope that this method will be improved and samples will be tested for potential impurities, such as steroid compounds.

2. In your opinion, how does the Science Day poster presentation benefit students? The quality of research presented during the Science Day is very educational,especially towards our roles as future scientists and healthcare professionals. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain skills, experience, share my research with other students in Europe and learn from them too.

3. Any advice to future Science Day participants? Firstly, just go for it! You will need to deliver presentations throughout your studies and the earlier you start practising, the better. Secondly, polish your public speaking skills, practice your presentation until it just rolls off your tongue and you can even send an email to the EPSA Science Coordinator for tips and resources for good presenting skills. Thirdly, ask for feedback from your supervisors, your colleagues and the Science Coordinator, as they will help you identify areas of improvement for your research. Lastly, take this great opportunity to meet other students, share their passion for research and have fun at the same time! I wish you the best of luck!

2. In your opinion, how does the Science Day poster presentation benefit students? After my graduation I was very proud of my work and hoped to inform others about my findings. I was very happy when I received an opportunity to present my work at the EPSA Annual Congress in Helsinki. I also hoped the experience would provide me with soft skills unrelated to my professional education. During the preparation I learnt how to design a poster, print it, prepare a presentation, decide which information to include, answer questions from the audience and so on. It is very helpful to do this before your first big professional presentation and in the end, I won the oral presentation.

3. Any advice to future Science Day participants? My advice to future participants is simple: I recommend it. A lot. APPLY!

Acacia Leong Pik Kay

Luka Kosec

BPSA United Kingdom

ŠS SFD Slovenia

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Hygiene Your Summer! 19 EPSA public health campaigns aim to prevent widespread diseases through education and health promotion. With the great support of GSK and EPSA members, we organised the Hygiene Awareness Campaign during August and September.

maxillary form. Besides this, participants gave away balloons, apples, toothpaste samples, leaflets and stickers around the mall. Also, those who answered the hygiene-related quiz correctly received special gifts from GSK and DentAssist.

The largest part of this campaign was included in the Summer University educational programme in the form of a workshop. It prepared and informed pharmacy students present at this EPSA event on how to approach the general public to make them aware of the importance of good hygiene in preventing the most common infectious diseases. Additionally, on 6th August, during the same event in Białystok, Poland, we arranged tents and tables in two locations, the Branicki Palace garden and Alfa Mall, in order to attract different groups of people to join our event. The campaign targeted two groups of people: pharmacy students and citizens of Białystok. In collaboration with YP Poland and DentAssist, we organised different activities divided into various types of hygiene in order to reach more people. We also encouraged children to join our campaign, with the children's corner being the main attraction for them and helping our students feel more confident to talk and interact with the little ones. From “magic powders” to learning hygiene-related English words, the kids and the participants enjoyed the public health campaign. EPSA also collaborated with local dentistry students who were in charge of informing the public why oral hygiene is important and how they should clean their teeth properly by using a

All in all, more than 1000 people were reached during this local event and around 80 pharmacy students from 20 European countries volunteered, making this public health campaign a success. The winners of the public health campaign photography contest were: Monika Čičová (Slovakia) and Hera Mobeen Ali (UK). At a European level, there are two EPSA members developing the “Hygiene your Summer!” campaign locally: AFÖP Austria and APEF Portugal. The campaign outcomes were released in an article that included testimonials from different participants of the campaign in Poland and a press release article.

Elena Popa EPSA Social Services and Public Health Coordinator 2015-2017 | @EPSA_Online

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T is for Training If a Trainer ever crossed your path, you may have noticed that in general, they are strange creatures. Not that they are weird people or have strange habits (well, some of them may have), but they surely are peculiar. Another thing you might have noticed is that, if there is one thing Trainers love, that thing is questions! Especially those that start with ‘why’, ‘what’, ‘how to’ and ‘what if’. This, of course, is no coincidence. Trainers are used to applying the 4MAT model in their sessions and, as you may have guessed, these four questions are a big part of this model. As a Trainer I also tend to ask these questions a lot and with this article I will show you the great results they can bring.

But what do EPSA Trainers do? At this point you may be asking yourself: how is an article about Trainers missing the words “soft” and “skills”? Wait no more, the time is now! You already know that Trainers are here to help you share your knowledge and acquire new skills. Those skills are soft skills! Trainers carefully prepare and facilitate sessions where the major goal is for you to learn more about a group of specific soft skills. So it is not about calculus or chemistry this time, nor even physics. It is about life skills you will need in your future!

Why does EPSA need Trainers? As you know, one of EPSA’s aims is to bring knowledge and students together and this is just one of the parts where Trainers can step in. This group of people loves to facilitate knowledge sharing. Some of us (including myself) adopted “Sharing is caring” as a motto, and although this may apply to a myriad of things, knowledge is certainly one of the most valuable ones you can freely share with others. Moreover, the best thing about sharing knowledge is that most of the times your own knowledge grows in the process too! Trainers are there to facilitate this.

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21 But where do you need those skills? The answer is quite simple: everywhere! If you are working in a team, you need to know how to communicate, and some group dynamics will do you no harm; if you have a schedule, you are doing some kind of time management; if you are stressing before an important event, you might be needing some stress management; if you need to figure out what the patient is feeling behind the counter, you will find emotional intelligence the most useful of skills. All of these are soft skills that can be transmitted to you in a Training session!

of creative ways for you to learn new concepts. Then, during the time of the Training session (the part you usually see) they make you do some unusual things, make awkward requests and ask some carefully planned questions, all with the same objective: for you to learn the most you can!

What if you want to become an EPSA Trainer?

How do Trainers do this? This is a complex question. Trainers do love to read (some more than others) and they love to be creative. Put these two together, pour some models, flipcharts, markers, icebreakers, games and exercises in that exact right way, and you will have a Training session! Sounds simple but it surely isn’t. Trainers spend a lot of time studying the topics they are delivering (so much that some of them decide to specialise in a couple of them!). After they gather enough knowledge (and enough is way more than they are able to cover in a session) they start thinking

The answer comes in only three letters: TNT (or Training New Trainers event)! If you think you have that peculiarity I spoke about before, you somehow have a liking for books with unusual titles such as “Eat that frog!�, have attended Training sessions and felt an inner connection, love to learn, and most of all have a huge passion for human development, maybe it is time for you to apply for a Training New Trainers event and become part of this group of amazing people that are traveling all over Europe to deliver you skills for life!

Diogo Piedade EPSA Training Coordinator 2016-2017 | @EPSA_Online

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What do we know about mental health?

When we think about the basic human rights, the right to health is one of the first ones which pops up. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights mentions it as “the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services”.

We know that mental health involves the absence of mental illnesses, as well as being able to function at a satisfactory level of emotional well-being. It involves being able to be autonomous, balance your daily activities and face the inevitable challenges encountered in everyday life.

As pharmacists and future healthcare professionals, we are those responsible for providing this right for others. It is a responsibility we carry with honour and pride. However, before we go any further, let’s take a moment to define health. According to WHO “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” The part of this definition, that I want to emphasise throughout this article, is the mental one. As scientists, we like to live in a world of exact answers, a world in which the solution for every problem is clear, fitting the problem perfectly, just like a missing piece of a puzzle. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work like that, especially when dealing with something as complex as health.

The fifth chapter of the International Classification of Diseases produced by WHO, is dedicated to mental health disorders and their classification. There, they are divided into 10 main categories, out of which we will mention substance-abuse disorders, mood disorders and anxiety disorders, as they are the most prevalent ones.

Mood disorders Based on a recent study, mood disorders account for around 13% of mental illnesses. The most common mood disorder is depression, which can range from mild to severe and is characterised by unusually intense feelings of sadness or melancholia sustained over a long period of time. In this category we can also mention bipolar disorder, characterised by periods of abnormally elevated mood alternating with periods of depression.

Anxiety disorders As the name suggests, these disorders are based on intense feelings of anxiety and fear which disrupts normal life. First of all, these include phobias, from arachnophobia (fear of spiders) to claustrophobia (fear of small spaces) and agoraphobia (fear of open or public spaces). Furthermore, in this category we also encounter panic disorders and generalised anxiety disorder, characterised by excessive, uncontrollable and irrational worry. This disorder affects approximately 4% of all people. Last but not least, post-traumatic stress disorder is also found amongst the anxiety disorders. It affects people who have undergone a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare or threats to life.

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Physiological disorders Starting off with food disorders, this category encompasses bulimia and anorexia, as well as some more uncommon disorders, such as pica, a disorder characterised by an appetite for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, earth, paint, glass or even metal. Next are the sleeping disorders such as insomnia, hypersomnia, night terrors and somnambulism.

Disorders associated with psychoactive substance use The most prevalent of these is alcohol abuse, which affects around 5% of all Europeans. Alcoholism can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms and even hallucinations. It can also cause acute poisoning, which can be deadly if untreated. Other psychoactive substances associated with abuse include sedatives, stimulants and hallucinogens. In a world where 27% of all European adults have suffered from a mental illness in the past year, it is essential that we educate ourselves about mental illness and the treatments available.

Delusional disorders The best known delusional disorder is schizophrenia, a disease affecting between 0.3-0.7% of the population. Schizophrenia comes in many types and with many different symptoms, the most common one being hallucinations, such as voices in one’s head leading to false beliefs. Aside from schizophrenia, there are different types of psychotic disorders in which patients experience hallucinations of various intensity.

Raluca Radu EPSA Vice President of Education 2016-2017 | @EPSA_Online

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Twinnet participants were asked: “What would you say to someone considering going on a Twinnet?” “Definitely go on a Twinnet. It could change your whole perspective on pharmacy and it's great to get to know different students in different countries.”

“Just do it! Don't think about whether you have the time or not. Just do it. It is a unique experience and you will never be able to do it again once you've finished your studies. You learn so much about other people and other countries. So take the chance and have an amazing time with other people of your age!” “Going on a Twinnet is an opportunity you should not miss for any reason. It makes you more open-minded. It gives you the opportunity to travel, meet new people and discover new things! "

“Twinnet is your best investment. Enjoy every day. Make new friends. Have fun!”

“Just go! Best experience of my life! :)” “GOOOOOO, it's awesome! You are going to meet loads of amazing people, experience another culture and other ways of teaching and learning.” European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association

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European Voluntary Service

• Do you want to help others and be useful? • Do you like to travel abroad? • Do you want to boost your Curriculum Vitae with outstanding experiences? If your answer to these questions is Yes – then you should apply for one of the volunteering opportunities offered by the European Voluntary Service (EVS).

What is EVS? The European Voluntary Service is a programme funded by the European Commission, enabling European residents aged between 17 and 30 years to volunteer with one of the 5000 EVS accredited organisations and public bodies. The duration of your stay abroad varies between 2 and 20 months. This is up to the requirements of the organisation and your personal availability. During your stay, the programme covers your travel and living costs, provides you with pocket money, insurance and a discount card.

Why should I be interested in this? One of the categories in which EVS offers projects is health and well-being. Volunteering in an institution for dependent elderly people, mentally handicapped people or children living on the streets, will increase your knowledge and skills in public health, communication and solidarity with others, all greatly demanded skills for a future healthcare professional.


Your EVS experience will help you grow into a more tolerant, respectful and interculturally aware citizen who is an enrichment for the community you live in. Furthermore, EVS can help you identify future personal or professional opportunities.

How to get involved? You can use the database of volunteering projects ( to find the most suitable project . The application procedure differs for each project, as you apply directly to the organisation offering the volunteering opportunity. You can find more detailed information about the arrangements, application deadlines and procedures in each project description.

Still considering? – Maybe this will convince you to take the next step! Are you hesitating about whether you are ready to take the step and become a volunteer? Don’t worry, nobody was born a volunteer and that’s why EVS offers continuous training for volunteers before, during and after the project. Take this step out of your comfort zone and experience your mobility opportunity with EVS!

Viktoria Jungreithmayr EPSA Mobility Coordinator 2016-2017 | @EPSA_Online

Individual Mobility Project (IMP)


A first-hand experience from our interns I joined PharmInvent in July, two months ago, so everything is still quite new for me and I am still forming first impressions. Pharmacovigilance is one of the areas of pharmacy which I am interested in, so I am very happy to work here and eager to learn. Even though I work in the office, my job is very dynamic and I have many different tasks. We have to be ready for different amounts of workload every day, as we deal with adverse drug reactions which can happen anytime and can be of different seriousness and complexity. What I also love about working abroad is that I can learn new languages. Of course, now the first on the schedule is Czech (lessons provided by the company), but having co-workers and clients of various nationalities I know I have the opportunity to learn a lot more.

I have started working for PharmInvent at the beginning of July. This company is located in Czech's capital, Prague and provides pharmacovigilance and regulatory science consulting services. I find my job very interesting. My responsibilities include writing medical documents regarding certain medicines, as well as monitoring medical literature to find adverse reactions, managing Individual Case Safety Reports and much more. PharmInvent gives its employees great opportunity to become specialists. We have a large number of trainings, e-learning, language courses (we can choose between English, Czech and Spanish) and other activities to improve our skills. I think that EPSA members would easily adapt and start this work. Just working in my room there are people of 4 different nationalities!

Mateusz Kopaczyk

Jasna Puh

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Mentoring Project

A chance to learn directly from professionals The Mentoring Project is one of EPSA’s youngest experience: “This year began for me with a fresh projects, grouping interested students with new challenge: being a mentor in the EPSA project. professionals working in different areas in order to It was a great experience! I have connected with get some insight into the respective area and give mya pharmacist mentee inand January, and since then which we have Are you looking for a new challenge helps guidance to the mentees regarding their career. beenthemeeting on a regular basis. We were both future generation to develop themselves? Marta Simões, a participant of the project said: “Being in my fourth year of studies of Pharmacareer ceutical Sciences, I felt it was time for a different g in ch a co practic e approach in my degree. Thus, I decided to apply goal n io ct re di for the EPSA Mentoring Project in Regulatory Affairs. MENTORING From the very beginning, my mentor warned he success help would not be my teacher, meaning that he would lea rn motivate always be available to answer my questions but I ce vi ad would have to research for myself.

For me, that was the main essence of the project: I was developing myself with guidance from someone who was quite experienced. Hence, during those six months I gained an understanding of what is expected of someone working in that area and took advice for future options that could lead me to a career in Regulatory Affairs. I definitely recommend this project to everyone and, if you want to take the greatest benefit from it, I suggest you keep doing your homework even without a teacher.” Also, this project can be very enriching for the mentors. Rita Machado about her personal

very enthusiastic andthe interested in the project, Become a Mentor for EPSA Mentoring Project!and we have shared scientific knowledge, personal experiences andForperspectives. more information contact: It was certainly Brant I Professional Affairs Coordinator an enriching Clara experience for both, and especially, an apprenticeship for me. Although my mentee was only in the second year of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and I was guiding her in the research and development field, I was able to show her my work and give her a large perception of working at a lab. Being a mentor provided me a great opportunity to participate in my mentee’s academic path and possibly make a positive impact on it. I hope my experience was valuable to Aleša Bricelj!” Each autumn, a new phase of the EPSA Mentoring Project starts in which approximately 50 students get the chance to take part. If you are interested, don’t hesitate to join!

Clara Brandt Professional Affairs Coordinator 2015-2017 | @EPSA_Online


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EAFP Annual Conference This year’s European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy (EAFP) Annual Conference took place under the topic “Postgraduate Studies in Pharmacy Education” and included a highly interesting educational programme. It was based on six round-table discussions, where different postgraduate courses in Europe were presented on topics, such as hospital and clinical pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry, doctorate and post-doctoral studies, future of postgraduate studies and ethics in pharmacy. One of these round-table discussions was the student session held under the topic “How to include an international perspective in pharmacy studies”. It caused a vivid discussion on mobility opportunities and especially, Erasmus+ programme and experiences of students and professionals who went abroad for part of their studies, were shared. The friendly atmosphere at the conference encourages and appreciates students’ active participation in the discussion, which makes it a highly advantageous event for your personal and professional development. I would strongly recommend other students to join next year’s EAFP Annual Conference on the topic “Multidisciplinary Learning in Pharmacy Education”. Viktoria Jungreithmayr EPSA Mobility Coordinator 2016-2017

EIPG 50th General Assembly The European Industrial Pharmacists Group (EIPG) commemorated its 50th anniversary looking for lessons in the past and preparing for the future. Gathering in the City of Lights, the General Assembly (GA) started with a symposium about the progress made in pharmacy during the last 50 years, but perhaps more important was when the minds turned towards the future of the pharmacist and the challenges arising in this profession. After an educational first day, the General Assembly was held at the French Pharmaceutical Society and EPSA had the opportunity to share its vision, projects and the existing partnership with the EIPG. EPSA representatives also participated in the working group where the characteristics and challenges of future Industrial European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association

Pharmacists were discussed. Some essential soft skills were pointed out, as well as some needed changes regarding education to motivate young pharmacists to work in the industry.

Diogo Piedade EPSA Training Coordinator 2016-2017

EAHP Congress The educational programme at the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) Congress was extremely well-structured and each parallel session had at least one attention catching subject. There were times when we wanted to attend two or even three sessions at the same time, but that was not a problem, because the organisers thought about this situation and we were very pleased to see that some seminars were repeated and in this way, we could attend every part of the event that we were interested in. One of the most interesting and interactive sessions was the one dedicated to students where we could learn more about the systematic approach to pharmaceutical care and how it can be implemented by hospital pharmacists. Furthermore, in collaboration with AFÖP, we conducted a campaign to raise awareness about clinical pharmacy. Besides the educational programme, the EAHP congress offered a vast exhibition area. Therefore, participants could stroll around the EPSA stand to obtain popular stickers and pens, but also more importantly, information about what we, as students, do. In addition to our stand, visitors could see many interesting stands displaying medical and pharmaceutical devices, tools and more. At every stand, friendly exhibitors provided interested participants with helpful further explanations and insights, making the exhibition part of the congress interesting and useful. Elena Popa EPSA Social Services and Public Health Coordinator 2015-2017

Adéla Firlová EPSA Vice President of Education 2015-2016

International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF) Israel Bimpe, IPSF President: It’s been 23 years since the IPSF World Congress was last held in Africa and the first time since the establishment of the IPSF African Regional Office. The Reception Committee did a wonderful job and I am sure that for many people, visiting Zimbabwe for the first time was an exhilarating experience. Personally, I have fond memories of the country as I was elected the AfRO Regional Relations Officer there two years ago and am now the IPSF President. The Congress reignited in me the necessity to tap into untapped opportunities and champion this as the next IPSF President. Furthermore, I was honoured to have been able to meet EPSA’s representatives and I look forward to our collaboration.

Luka Šrot, IPSF Chairperson of EuRO: Since attending the first IPSF World Congress in Porto 2014, the next two have taken us to more distant countries – first India and now Zimbabwe. Every year, besides being able to rejoin our friends in the Federation, the educational and scientific symposia often shed new light on specific issues we might otherwise have overlooked. Being elected the Chairperson of EuRO for the next mandate certainly adds an extra touch to the whole experience and enables me to further the aims of the Federation even more. I am pleased we were able to host EPSA and I am looking forward to a fruitful year of joint work.

different continents, with completely different cultures and backgrounds. Participants also had the opportunity to attend different workshops aligned with the educational topic, be present at the clinical skills event and compounding event, be part of a Public Health Campaign and, of course, experience the outstanding surroundings of Zimbabwe during the excursion day! In addition, EPSA had the chance to host a workshop about Advocacy and it was very gratifying to see so much interest in both European Institutions and on how EPSA advocates for its interests. While the educational programme was taking place, the Federation was busy shaping its future during the General Assembly, where EPSA was invited to be present as observer. It was very refreshing to see the dynamic of IPSF General Assembly and to assist elections, providing us with the opportunity of already meeting the new IPSF Team! It is impossible not to point out the remarkable kindness and professionalism of the Reception Committee or to thank IPSF enough for all the hospitality and invitation to such an exciting event! We were very happy to strengthen our bonds with IPSF and we are looking forward to future collaboration!

Catarina Nobre EPSA President 2016-2017

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Ana Marcelino

The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation had its 62nd World Congress on 29th July – 8th August 2016 in Harare, Zimbabwe. With the topic “Ignite Innovate - Implement”, this event joined pharmaceutical students from all over the world ensuring a very enriching experience of meeting students from

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My experiences within Roche as an intern in Pharma Technical Regulatory (PTR) 1. Hi, my name is… …Bruno Rački and I come from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. I am 22 years old and I am a fourth year pharmacy student at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb. I am actively involved in the work of several student associations, including the Croatian Pharmacy and Medical Biochemistry Students’ Association (CPSA), the European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (EPSA) and our faculty’s Students’ Council. I am an intern, spending 6 months in Roche’s Pharma Technical Regulatory (PTR) Small Molecules - Marketed Products department and I discovered this opportunity via the aforementioned associations. In my free time, I enjoy graphic design, travelling and I like discovering new places in Switzerland and its neighbouring countries.

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2. My typical day at work is… …very active and diverse. As an intern in PTR, I have a chance to work on many different projects in the department. I work with my colleagues and am learning the principles of regulatory affairs, a field I have never encountered before, and try to apply them in real life. My tasks to date have included filling out application forms and writing cover letters for the European Medicines Agency (EMA), identifying types of variations for our changes, searching internal databases, analysing submission timelines for different types of changes etc. I also get the chance to see scientific data, something that is still fresh in my mind from my studies. Since regulatory affairs is a very complex field of pharmacy, I attend a lot of training sessions and meetings, which I enjoy very much. For a student, this position is a great opportunity and learning experience! 3. The location I am working at is… … Basel, Switzerland, at the main site in Grenzacherstrasse. This location is great, because I live few minutes' walk from work. Pretty much everything I need is nearby, like shops, canteens, a swimming pool and the beautiful Solitude park, where I can go to relax and have a short walk by the Rhine.

33 4. My work helps Roche to… … continue providing patients with medicines! When a product is placed on the market, that is not the finish line – its life has only just started and it will continue to change in many ways. We often see a need for activities like adding new, or changing existing, specification parameters. These kinds of changes require associated regulatory activities, and we are the right people for this job. I am very glad I am able to make my own contributions!

5. Roche as an employer is… …for me, as a student, very inspiring and empowering! When I first came here I was amazed at how everything looks and runs like clockwork, and how people and colleagues are open and approachable. I was positively surprised by Roche’s deep networking culture. In every corner of the site I really feel taken care of, thanks to Medical Services, the fire service, Site Security and such. I also feel that Roche cares about its employees’ health, providing them with a swimming pool, gym and bicycles. Taking everything into consideration, I can really say that Roche is a great place to work, and I would like to return here after my studies!

6. What distinguishes the Roche culture from the culture at other companies you have worked for? As a student, I haven't had many chances to work in other companies, so I can't say much. However, I really enjoy working in such a diverse multicultural environment that is not usually found in many companies. I have colleagues in my office from, literally, all over the world, which gives me a great chance to learn more about other cultures and even pick up the odd phrase in various languages. Like I said before, people are very approachable and friendly and you can contact anyone at any time and they will help you. Also, I haven’t yet encountered a company with such a strong IT sector that is so well established and organised. I had no problems familiarising myself with the email system, calendars and other tools that we use every day. 7. How would you describe working at Roche in three words? Enlightening, inspirational and beneficial. | @EPSA_Online

What is EPSA to you? 34 “Whenever I think about EPSA, I see it as an experience that changed my life completely. Nikola During the ten EPSA events I have attended, I Lazarevski travelled all around Europe, explored different cultures, worked in an international team of Liaison Secretary, motivated and passionate people and made MPSA 2013-2015, friendships for a lifetime. Moreover, EPSA inspired Reception Committee me to work harder during my studies, gain many Member of Summer skills and knowledge, and most importantly, grow University 2014, a lot on a personal and professional level. Vice President To everyone already infected with the EPSA spirit of Internal Affairs 2015-2016 or encountering EPSA for the first time – it’s a world you wouldn’t want to leave behind. Make sure you grasp all the opportunities it offers - it’s totally worth it!” “I was introduced to EPSA in 2012, when I was in my third year of studies and have participated in the 35th İrem Konuk EPSA Annual Congress that was held in Istanbul. After my first experience, I took on the positions of LIMP, MUPSA LIMP, LS and Parliamentary Council Member. EPSA 2012-2013, is opening doors to every single part of the pharLiaison Secretary, maceutical world. It provides a chance for personal MUPSA 2013-2014, development in all fields, as well as a great chance Parliamentary Council to take part in a multicultural environment with Member 2014-2015 different ideas and perspectives. In addition, I think that EPSA is a source of unforgettable memories and friendships.”

“EPSA is a great memory of my student years and a point I share with most of my international friends. However, when I was a student, EPSA was so much more – it was a network, which provided me with friends, fun, learning and working opportunities, just to name a few advantages. Without a doubt, my involvement in EPSA played a significant part in getting my current job. EPSA opportunities especially helped me in developing my intercultural competences and social skills.” European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association

Sandra Hočevar Liaison Secretary, ŠS SFD 2011-2012, Training Coordinator 2012-2013, Vice President of Education 2014-2015

35 "EPSA is one of the best student environments one could be a part of. EPSA is a multicultural family, where you learn a lot and network easily. I was involved in EPSA as a participant and as an LS for my national Margarida Costa association. It helped me enormously by improving my soft skills, which in the end, is what helps to differentiate you from the other pharmacist colleagues. The Liaison Secretary, probability of an interviewer knowing about EPSA, being APEF 2013-2014, NIMP , APEF involved with EPSA or a National/Local association 2013-2014 connected to EPSA is huge, at least on an international level. Therefore, having the chance to exchange ideas about what you have learned at the congresses and through your involvement with EPSA helps to provide a more relaxed and confident environment during a job interview." “To me, EPSA is a cherished part of my past which gave me lots of fun, stress, career opportunities and a professional network of friends I could only dream about. I am continually impressed when I learn what my former EPSA Team, LSs and members are getting up to. EPSA helped me work abroad, get a wider perspective on the role of the pharmacist and also develop skills needed to work as part of a multicultural team. Whilst it tested me personally and professionally, I am a better person and healthcare professional because of it – that is a great outcome from making friends and travelling around Europe, right?”

“I had an absolutely splendid time during my three years in EPSA. I started out in the Editorial Board and went on to become Publications Coordinator. For me, it was all about stepping out of my comfort zone and finding places to be creative. Something, which has proven to be invaluable for my work as a medical representative, as I have to practice this on a daily basis. In an extremely competitive world it is important to find channels that make you distinct. And EPSA has really helped me find ways to achieve this.”

David Preece Secretary General 2012-2013, Alumni Coordinator 2013-2014

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WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY 31st May 2016 AFÖP & IPSF #ByeByeCigarettes #PutTheLighterDown

Flyers were handed out at the University of Vienna Campus and a “Graffiti Wall” was created where students wrote their opinions about smoking. Apples and bananas were also exchanged for each cigarette that smokers handed in. There was also a Facebook Photo Contest where students supported the cause by taking pictures with broken cigarettes.

ŠS SFD, Slovenia ŠS SFD's largest project, the International Pharmaceutical Summer Camp (IPSC), had its 20th event from 11th to 17th July this year and gathered 47 participants from 10 European countries. The diverse educational programme on the topic “Pharmaceutical marketing, agency and regulatory affairs” was mixed with amazing themed parties, whilst making new friendships at the beautiful Slovenian coast. Definitely a week to remember!

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ASEF, Spain Between the 4th and 6th May FEEF’s local association, ASEF, organised their fourth Annual Congress "FarmaForum 2016". The topic was "Beyond dispensation: multiple roles of a pharmacist". It had a wide participation with 214 students attending, including 30 from other universities. Afterwards, on the 7th May, ASEF hosted an extraordinary FEEF General Assembly.

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In the beginning of June, just before the exam season, CPSA organised its traditional Humanitarian Summer Pancake Day. It was a chance for CPSA members to get together for a good cause! This year the funds were donated to the Down Zagreb association.


FASFR, Romania

From 25th July to 8th August 2016 pharmacy students from FASFR had the chance to broaden their professional skills and increase their knowledge by taking part in a project called “interPRACTIS”. This project was organised by FASFR on a national level and gave an opportunity for students to practice the field of pharmacy in several cities, bringing together students from different universities in Romania. It is the only project of its kind in Romania which offers the opportunity to carry out summer internships in other fields than community pharmacy. This year there were 58 students who carried out internships in four pharmacy areas, such as hospital pharmacy, industry, research and warehouse from 8 cities of their choice. MUPSA, Turkey MUPSA co-organised the celebration of National Pharmacy Day in collaboration with the faculty administration. The programme started with academics’ speeches and an exclusive, inspirational and guiding video interview with Aziz Sancar, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. To raise the awareness of World Hypertension Day, students’ blood pressures were measured during the Spring Games and concert, which were organised at the university campus..

CIUPSA, Cyprus The first part of the Twinnet between AFÖP Austria and CIUPSA Cyprus took place in Nicosia, Cyprus, from 16th to 21st May. This project was the beginning of many fruitful events for CIUPSA and they were very honoured to organise it with AFÖP. The topic was "Cancer Pathophysiology, Psychology of Patients with Cancer and Therapy" . CIUPSA is looking forward to meeting their friends again in October in Vienna.

Events Calendar Stay tuned!

EAHP-EPSA Student Science Award When: Deadline for abstracts 15th November, 2016 What: If you are a pharmacy student who has been involved in interesting research, don't miss this golden opportunity to present your research at an international conference for hospital pharmacy, to be published in a peer-reviewed journal and potentially succeed in winning a prestigious award. More Info:

2017 EPSA Annual Congress When: 17th - 23th March, 2017 What: Under the topic "Healthcare, an innovative approach Join EPSA's biggest event where you can learn during the Educational Symposium and Science Day, interact during Workshops, enrich your knowledge during Soft Skill Trainings, debate in the General Assembly, enjoy the sights and get to know new people from different countries. More Info:

EAFP Annual Conference When: 17th - 19th May, 2017 Where: Helsinki, Finland What: EAFP's - European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy, Annual Conference brings together deans and professors from faculties of pharmacy around Europe. Join us in order to hear more about this year's topic "Multidisciplinary Learning in Pharmaceutical Education". More Info: next-annual-conference/



Ball of Pharmacy When: 21st January, 2017 Where: Vienna, Austria What: At the 75. Ball of Pharmacy in Vienna you have the chance to meet pharmacy students and professionals while experiencing a traditional ball dancing the waltz (and feeling like cinderella). In the last years a programme for international students (including a dancing lesson, ice skating and a traditional Austrian dinner) before the ball was organised. More Info:

22nd Congress of the EAHP When: 22th - 24th March, 2017 Where: Cannes, France What: Under the topic "Hospital pharmacists– catalysts for change" EAHP offers a Special Student Package for students to be able to take part in its 22nd Annual Congress in Cannes, France, from 22 to 24 March, 2017. The Basic Student Package (110 Euro) includes access to all sessions, the opening reception, the exhibition, lunches on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as coffee/tea during official breaks. More Info:

29th Annual DIA EuroMeeting When: 29th - 31th March, 2017 Where: Glasgow, UK What: The EuroMeeting provides experts from all disciplines of healthcare product development a platform to debate and find solutions to the challenges of an ever-evolving healthcare system. More Info:

Get to know more about these events via the Event Calendar on Would you like for your event to appear here? Let us know! European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association

EPSA Executive contacts Don't hesitate to contact us EPSA President

Catarina Nobre

EPSA VP of Internal Affairs

ÄŒrtomir Fleisinger


EPSA VP of Education

Raluca Radu

EPSA VP of Public Relations Charlotte Jacobs

EPSA Secretary General

Eva Shannon Schiffrer

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