Aims, Purpose, Structure of ERNAPE, Responsibilities of the Steering Committee and Chair of ERNAPE, and Choosing a conference host

The Aims and Purpose of ERNAPE

  • To encourage critical debate about parents, families, and education, schools and community involvement/engagement/relationships, from different theoretical perspectives including educational theory and pedagogy, sociology, psychology, anthropology, social theory, philosophy and other related fields.
  • To contribute to the development of theoretical ideas which can inform practice-based research on parents, families, schools, communities and education.
  • To contribute through research and critical debate to the development of ideas and strategies for change regarding parents, families, schools, communities and education.
  • To develop and/or support European and international networks on parents, families, schools, communities and education.
  • To develop relationships with parents, families, and community organisations, with teacher unions and organisations, teacher educators and where possible with policy makers.
  • To facilitate the organisation of its biennial conference.
  • To support scientific publications and scholarly activities on parents, families, schools, communities and education.

The Structure of ERNAPE and the Steering Committee

  • The Steering Committee of ERNAPE coordinates and oversees the organisation of ERNAPE, under the directorship of the Chair.
  • The Steering Committee comprises representatives from countries from across Europe.
  • The Steering Committee ensures the sustainability of ERNAPE. 
  • The Steering Committee aims to gradually increase its membership to achieve representation from a wider range of European countries.
  • Current members of the Steering Committee can nominate new members to the Steering Committee as follows: a. each nomination must be accompanied by a short CV and a statement including evidence indicating the rationale for this nomination; b. the nominee must have participated in at least two ERNAPE conferences previously; c. the nominee must be involved in academic research in the field; and d. the nominee must be affiliated to a university or a scientific research institute or an equivalent organisation and represent a European country.
  • The Steering Committee will meet at least once every year. It was agreed that one of the meetings of the Steering Committee would take place on either the day prior to the start of the biennial conference, during the conference or at the end of the conference.
  • Communications will be conducted via email and other electronic resources.
  • Membership of ERNAPE as an organisation is based on conference attendance. The name of conference attendees will be added to the mailing list.

Honorary Members of the ERNAPE Steering Committee

  • The Steering Committee may grant the status of Honorary Members of the Steering Committee to former members of the Steering Committee in order to acknowledge their contribution to ERNAPE.
  • The title of ‘Honorary Steering Committee Member’ is granted by decision of the Steering Committee, after relevant justified written proposal by a member of the Steering Committee and a formal written acceptance by the nominee. The conferring of the title of ‘Honorary Steering Committee Member’ will be announced during the following ERNAPE conference. Following the award of the honorary membership, the new honorary member’s name will appear on the ERNAPE website under its ‘Honorary Steering Committee Members’ section. The honorary member is entitled to participate in all meetings of the Steering Committee but will not have voting rights).

The Role and Responsibilities of the Chair of the ERNAPE Steering Committee

From 2023 the Chair of ERNAPE will be chosen from the Steering Committee and will be rotational on a two- year basis.

The role of Chair of the ERNAPE Steering Committee is to:

  • Chair the Steering Committee meetings.
  • Organise and keep up-to-date the circulation lists and act as a point of reference for enquiries.
  • Convene Steering Committee meetings.
  • Oversee the appointment of the next conference organiser.
  • Liaise with and support the next conference organiser.
  • Collect relevant information for the ERNAPE website and liaise with the web site manager.

Choosing a Conference Host and Venue

A call for the host will be included in the conference website. The current Chair will draft such a call. It will be stipulated that the host proposer:

  • Must attend the current conference.
  • Be prepared to present their proposal at the Steering Committee meeting (during the conference).
  • Be affiliated to a university or a scientific research institute or an equivalent organisation.
  • Be based in a European country.
  • Be aware that a proportion of any conference profits be given to ERNAPE to support its work and the publication of the International Journal of Parents in Education (IJPE).

 Updated and agreed by the Steering Committee on November 2, 2021.