The Emerging Professionals Advocate (EPA) working group brings together newly qualified professionals, experts and students in the field of landscape

IFLA Executive Committee and delegates participating at the World Congress as part of the World Design Summit in Montreal, Canada

Anastasia Nikologianni, Chair of the IFLA Emerging Professionals’ Advocate working group, introduces the new team and their upcoming projects.

The Emerging Professionals Advocate (EPA) working group is a new IFLA initiative that kicked off at the IFLA World Council on 15-16 October.

The World Council formed part of the first ever World Design Summit in Montreal (WDSM). The opportunity for a global introduction during a world-wide event was a great start to what the EPA aims to achieve in the coming months. The discussion generated a number of great ideas that can support landscape professionals, including professional development, networking opportunities, and raising awareness for the profession. The WDSM also provided the opportunity for the EPA to engage with national and international associations interested in EPA’s mission, and start developing a global community of landscape practitioners.

During the IFLA World Council 2017. Left to right: IFLA Americas President Raquel Penalosa; Chair of Landscape Architecture Without Borders (LAWB) Maria Gabriella Trovato; Chair of the Emerging Professionals’ Advocate Working Group Dr Anastasia Nikologianni; and Vice President of the Lebanese Landscape Association (LELA – الجمعية اللبنانية للمشاهد) Salma Samaha

This intense week in Montreal has left us with a long list of ideas, needs and interests. But it has also given us a huge boost in showing there is a significant number of professionals and students who would like to get involved in this initiative.

The momentum created at the summit has encouraged the EPA team to start forming collaborations with interested parties and expanding its activities. We are now having discussions with the European Landscape Architecture Student Association (ELASA) about potential collaboration. We are also in talks with the Network of Engineers and Professionals of the Landscape for the Development of the Territory of Cameroon.

IFLA Executive Committee and delegates during the IFLA World Council 2017 in Montreal, Canada

The volume and enthusiasm of volunteers has allowed us to launch two new projects:

  • Collect and Communicate: the collection of landscape-, planning- and design-related events and competitions through our online platforms
  • Activate: the collection of interests by emerging landscape professionals, leading to the creation of an online magazine

The EPA intends, through IFLA, to be the voice of new professionals, and to support the engagement of young professionals in international events. Being a global group is exciting as it gives us the opportunity to share knowledge, skills, expertise and needs across the world. It can also be challenging to connect and collaborate across cultures and timezones. Nevertheless, we are keen to meet others interested in this mission and ready to collaborate on our key projects.

For this reason, we aim to build a network of enthusiastic individuals who are willing to be part of an international community. Meet our team below and get in touch if you want to be a part of this energetic and enthusiastic group!

The chair and regional representatives of IFLA’s Emerging Professionals’ Advocate working group
  • Chair: Anastasia Nikologianni
  • IFLA Americas: Julia Lent
  • IFLA Africa: Husniya Kedr
  • IFLA Asia-Pacific: Dewi Rezalini Anwar
  • IFLA Europe: Niels De Couvreur
  • IFLA Middle East: Zeena Al Jaja

Are you interested to find out more and get involved? Contact us:

Twitter: @EPA_IFLA
Facebook: @EmergingProfessionalAdvocateIFLA
LinkedIn: EPA-IFLA


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