EAPC Academy #6: September 28, 2021

Bundestag election in Germany: Who will be the next chancellor?

Just as off-programme, but extremely topical, was the EAPC Academy #6 on September 28, also just a few days after the decision. This time, EAPC members Reza Kazemi and Lukas Holter were the speakers. Both brought extremely exciting aspects to the election, which in retrospect proved to be one of the closest decisions. The details from the campaigns were also extremely interesting. The different voting behaviour between the former “West” and “East” countries was also a topic of the evening. Many thanks to the speakers and the moderator Gülfem Saydan Sanver.

The entire evening can be viewed on YouTube via the following link.

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Reza Kazemi

Here is the YouTube link to the academy evening #6:
 

By the way, the next EAPC Academy will start on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021. 

EAPC Academy #5: September 22, 2021

Background on the Russian Elections

The fifth EAPC Academy was an extraordinary event due to the postponed EAPC Europe Conference. Three days after the election of the Russian Duma, Ekaterina Egorova and Ilya Grashchenkov gave a lecture and presented extremely interesting details from the election, which caused an international sensation even before the ballot because of the exclusion of many opposition members.

As always, the evening was moderated by Gülfem Saydan Sanver in an extremely professional manner. Special thanks to the speakers and the moderator. The entire evening can be viewed via YouTube at the link below.

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Ilya Grashchenkov

Afterwards, the discussion between the speakers was extremely valuable, revealing unbelievable details. Questions from the participants of the extremely well-attended evening rounded off the third edition of the EAPC Academy. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Christoph Hofinger and Torbjörn Sjöström for a very successful evening. The entire recording of the evening will be available on this page next week.
Here is the Video-Link to the 5th academy

EAPC Academy #4: June, 2021

Germany election 2021: Who will be the next chancellor?

The fourth evening of the EAPC Academy at the beginning of June started with a very special topic. Volker Riegger, Reza Kazemi and Oliver Lindner gave a great, informative talk about the upcoming parliamentary elections in Germany.

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Volker Riegger

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Reza Kazemi

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Oliver Lindner

The presentations covered everything from the specifics of German electoral law to the dangers to Germany from the radical right-wing AFD (Alternative for Germany). The respective starting positions of the parties and their strategies for campaigning, especially in times of pandemic, were also discussed in considerable detail.

It became apparent that for the first time in many years, Germany could have a majority to the left of center, which is essentially shaped by the new strength of the Greens.

The current chancellor’s party, the CDU, has lost a great deal of sympathy, especially as a result of the unsuccessful nomination of candidates. All the more hotly contested will be the next months up to the election, whereby the mobilization of the voters a completely crucial role.

Here is the YouTube link to the academy evening #4:

EAPC Academy #3: April, 2021

EAPC Academy: Christoph Hofinger and Torbjörn Sjöström
gave in-depth insights into the ins and outs of polling.

At the beginning of April, exactly on April 6, the third evening of the EAPC Academy, which was launched in December, went on stage. Under the title “Whats wrong with polling?”, two of the best European pollsters outlined the background to why opinion research can sometimes not be as accurate as many would like. They used many examples to show weak points that can lead to incorrect conclusions if they are incorrectly assessed.

Torbjörn Sjöström from NOVUS Sweden emphasized in particular the often incorrect conclusions that most media draw from the figures available. In order to avoid such misinterpretations, it is necessary to coordinate each conclusion in advance with the respective persons responsible. Only authorized conclusions can avoid misinterpretations.

In his speech, Christoph Hofinger from SORA Austria underlined the enormous changes that opinion research has undergone in recent years and emphasized the constant adaptation of methods to changes.

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Torbjörn Sjöström from NOVUS Sweden
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Christoph Hofinger, Austrian social researcher
Afterwards, the discussion between the speakers was extremely valuable, revealing unbelievable details. Questions from the participants of the extremely well-attended evening rounded off the third edition of the EAPC Academy. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Christoph Hofinger and Torbjörn Sjöström for a very successful evening. The entire recording of the evening will be available on this page next week.
Here is the Video-Link to Torbjörn Sjöström and Christoph Hofinger:

EAPC Academy #2: February, 2021

EAPC Academy: Feyi Akindoeyni inspired everyone

The second edition of the EAPC Academy took place at the beginning of February. The program included an exciting lecture on “New Trends in Digital Campaigning” with the Vice President of the International Association of Political Consultants and great expert Feyi Akindoeyni from Australia.
The President of the Australian public policy Government Relations Association and consultant to the Australian Government took the trouble to get up extremely early to give her presentation at 4:00 a.m. Australian local time and to discuss the topic with the participants.

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“I was happy to do it, as it gave me the opportunity to meet many old friends and acquaintances again, at least virtually,” Feyi said.

In her presentation, Feyi brought examples of the use of existing data for political campaigns and its practical application. It was just incredible to see all these examples and their use and impact. Feyi was so fresh in her talk and inspired us all,” was the unanimous opinion of the amazingly large number of attendees.

Once again, a big thank you to Feyi Akindoeyni for her willingness and fascinating insights.
Here is the link to “New Trends in Digital Campaigning” by Feyi Akindoyeni:

EAPC Academy #1: December, 2020

Rick Ridder: Inspiring moments at the premiere

At the beginning of December, the EAPC launched a new special service for its members: The EAPC Academy. The aim of this service is to provide members regularly with new perspectives about campaigning presented by well-known speakers. The kick-off of this exclusive series for EAPC members was presented by Rick Ridder, campaign legend from RBI Strategies & Research, Denver/Colorado, USA.

Rick Ridder, who has been involved in many campaigns around the world for decades, inspired the audience with his lecture about the topic “Strategy and message: The key campaign components”. More than half of all EAPC members joined this premiere via Zoom and were impressed by Rick’s presentation.

Here is the link to Rick Ridder’s presentation:

The evening was moderated by Dr. Gülfem Saydan Sanver, Istanbul, the head of the EAPC Academy Committee supported by the Committee members Justine Cassar Gaspar, Malta and Sepp Hartinger, Austria.