APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education. APPAM promotes its mission through activies that include: a) A multidisciplinary annual research conference that attracts the highest quality, research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues, and is structured to encourage substantive interaction among participants. b) A peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal that publishes the highest quality research on public policy and management. c) A dedication in all activities to respecting and enhancing racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, and other forms of diversity among participants in all of the Association’s activities. d) The involvement of policymakers, practitioners and scholars in the Association’s governance and the Fall Conference. e) Initiatives that include and foster participation in the Association among students interested in public policy and management.

Since 1939, ASPA has been the nation’s most respected society representing all forums in the public service arena. They are advocates for greater effectiveness in government – agents of goodwill and professionalism – publishers of democratic journalism at its very best – purveyors of progressive theory and practice and providers of global citizenship. They believe that by embracing new ideas – addressing key public service issues – and promoting change at both the local and international levels, they can enhance the quality of lives worldwide.

The American Political Science Association, founded in 1903, is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe in order to expand awareness and understanding of politics.

The Academy of Management (the Academy; AOM) is a leading professional association for scholars dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organizations. Founded in 1936 by two professors, the Academy of Management is the oldest and largest scholarly management association in the world. Today, the Academy is the professional home for 18099 members from 103 nations.

The purpose of the Disaster and Social Crisis Research Network (DSCRN) is to promote the study, research and analysis of natural, technological and social disasters with a view to contributing to the development of disaster-resilient European communities and preventing or mitigating the human, economic, social, cultural and psychological effects of disasters.

The Policy Studies Organization – a related society of the of the American, Midwest, Southern and International Political Sciences Associations, as well as of the International Studies Association – grew out of a concern on the part of members of the American Political Science Association in the 1970s that there was a need for more emphasis on (as one member put it) the “coalface”. In other words, research knowledge had to be effectively disseminated and had to reach those who actually set policies. This was not a call for any sort of strict utilitarianism, but simply a feeling that much good could be done by bringing together people who felt that policies (and not just government policies, but policies of companies, of universities, and indeed of all kinds of institutions) should be informed policies.

Forum for Public Safety Communication Europe is to foster, by consensus building, excellence in the development and use of public safety communications and information management systems to improve the provision of public safety services and the safety of the citizens of Europe and the rest of the world. This Forum invites users and policy makers, industrials (technology and service providers), research organizations and standard making authorities to reach consensus on: Consolidated user requirements; Solutions for inter-operability of communication systems among users; A R&D road map for future activities; Guidelines for policy makers and regulators, indicating ways for the improvement of global, European or national inter-operability through implementation of harmonized technologies and/or approximation of legal environments.



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