- In the News
More than 65 participants took part in a 2-day practitioners' conference, hosted by Rotterdam School of Management in June 2014 aimed at examining Good Leadership in Times of Change. The event brought together police leaders and scientists from more than 12 different countries for an exciting programme of events. Key note speakers included Frank Paauw, the police president of Rotterdam and Prof Dr. Nick Fife from the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, while attendees included members of the COMPOSITE research consortium, end-user and strategic advisor board members, and a host of external participants from different areas of policing and police science. The conference programme covered the primary topics of interest addressed by COMPOSITE including knowledge sharing, technology, change, identity and leadership, also showcasing the tailored research projects that were co-developed by police and academics in each of the COMPOSITE countries. In addition, we discussed the challenges and opportunities of inter-disciplinary working and the benefits of engaging in police-academia dialogues for promoting evidence based management through applied research. A panel discussion involving police leaders and academics offered a lively interactive forum, where key issues in policing science were discussed and debated.
In addition to a packed conference programme, attendees were treated to a memorable social programme, including an architectural bike trip around Rotterdam city and a hosted dinner at the famous Hotel New York – providing ample opportunity to continue discussions late into the evening.
The event concluded with a fantastic insight into the work of our COMPOSITE photographers, with a photo gallery depicting images from each of the 10 COMPOSITE countries. Photographers, Hans van Rhoon and David Adams travelled around Europe to capture policing activities in different contexts; the resulting gallery is a fitting tribute to their efforts, as well as to the diverse nature of police activities across the COMPOSITE countries. The exhibition allowed participants to link the presented scientific insights to concrete visualisations of the daily police practices. This exhibition also shows that police literally arrived in the middle of the university. We thank the Carmen Heijmerink and Jeroen Bodewits from the art department of Erasmus University for their dedicated and competent support in realising this exhibition and proving that art and science can be a powerful combination. http://www.eur.nl/english/art/exhibitions/exhibitionoverview/detail/article/64093-exhibition-on-policing/
For explanation: Our two university colleagues Carmen and Jeroen organised the exhibition and the vernissage against all concerns "Students do not like police" and budget constraints, because they believed in the importance of the exhibition. A tragedy happened last week: Both died in a tragic car on the way back from a gallery in Antwerp where they went for new art for the university. As you can imagine, we are all in shock.
We would like to thank all attendees of the practitioner conference for their generous support of the COMPOSITE project. The last four years would not have been possible without your commitment and we look forward to continuing our work with you in the future.