November 29, 2017

Valencia 2019: Sailing towards New Horizons

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that the 90th International Session will take place in Valencia, Spain! The event will take place in the summer 2019, and both its geographical location and academic theme are already making the network look forward to the session.

Being the third largest Spanish city – after Madrid and Barcelona- Valencia makes for a great experience: it combines both urban and seaside environments which will caters perfectly for a Summer International Session.

Inspired by Horizon 2020

The Valencia 2019 events bears the theme ‘Sailing towards New Horizons’ which refers to the Horizon 2020 programme, which is one of the largest financial frameworks undertaken by the European Union for research and innovation, aiming at developing further sustainability and inclusivity of the job market and economic growth. Horizon 2020 also strives to ease the cooperation between public and private sectors in delivering innovation.

The timing of Valencia 2019 is set one year before the programme’s ending, allowing future participants to monitor and evaluate the programme which will be close to its finishing line. Furthermore, building on Horizon 2020, Valencia 2019 will especially enable participants to reflect on a long-term and continuing strategy for both sustainable innovation and growth.

Young volunteers behind the project

EYP events are run by young people completely on a voluntary basis. The three project managers for Valencia 2019, Aritz, Carlota and Maria, met in 2014 during the National Selection Conference of EYP Spain in… Valencia! As they describe it: “To us, organising this International Session is a way of giving back to EYP, in the same city where it all started for our engagement.”

Their enthusiasm was certainly demonstrated by their strong candidature for hosting the network’s flagship event; moreover, they explain that their motivation doesn’t stem from one source, but many.
“Our core team, together with the expectation of reaching out to Europe’s youth, is our driving force.”

Five years since last International Session in Spain

The news mark a formidable step in the development of the national committee of EYP Spain, just five years after it hosted the 74th International Session in Barcelona. Enrique Tasa Sanchis, President of EYP Spain says: “When embarking on a project like Valencia 2019, we’re taking on new challenges we never faced while using our knowledge from Barcelona 2014 and our day-to-day experience to deliver the best experience possible. I think I can say, on behalf of all our members, that we are beyond excited for what is to come.”