Best Paper Award in the EuroFM Research Symposium

The 20th EuroFM Research Symposium was organised 16-17 June online. We would like to thank all the presenters, chairs, committee members and the audience for inspiring discussion, new FM knowledge and new connections. In total 15 presentations were given including 12 research paper presentations. The topic in the first afternoon was ‘making work work’ including presentations on work and work environments before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The second day focused on FM and REM theories and FM education. Please find the proceedings here.

Best Paper Award

Congratulations to Minou Weijs-Perrée, Rianne Appel-Meulenbroek, Jeroen Looijen, Bartele S. Hoekstra, and Pity Jongens-van der Schaaf for the Best Paper Award at the 20th EuroFM Research Symposium! The paper studied how office workers have perceived work-related communication while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how this related to their perceived individual productivity.

The committee concluded that the paper has well-focused and relevant research aim motivated by current theoretical gaps and practical problems, is based on impressive data set and well-elaborated data analysis, and it provides novel and original contribution to the FM knowledge.

Thank you also for Theo van der Voordt, Antje Junghans and Susanne Balslev Nielsen for being members of the committee!

Please find the best paper from the proceedings (pages 13-22).

Tuuli Jylhä
EuroFM Research Chair

EuroFM Student Festival 2021 very succesful

On 9 June I hosted my first EuroFM Student Festival as Chair of Education. The student videos on Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), Natural Hazards, Office Circularity, Pods in Public Places and Indoor Farming in Vacant Spaces illustrates all participants innovativeness addressing key sustainable challenges in a very pragmatic and attainable ways.

Congratulations to Jan-Niklas Bostelmann, Stefanie Aigner, Randi Kleist and Sakithya Shanmugarathnam from DHBW Stuttgart on winning best video and Emma Zwartjens from Hanze University Groningen as runner up. Well done to all participants as all videos were at a high level and now available on the EuroFM YouTube channel or scroll down to view them directly.

The webinar on COIL hosted by Daniel vol Felten (ZHAW) and Reinout Klamer (THUAS) was both enlightening and engaging with the outcome of a starting point for an EuroFM COIL for 2022.

The festival was nothing without an audience and we were lucky enough to have a very active and engaged audience.

Thanks also to my co-chairs on EuroFM Pieter le Roux, Tuuli Jylhä, Natalie Hofman and Levent Alatli and everyone behind the scenes in organizing the festival- successful events do not happen without a good team behind them.

Carmel Lindkvist
EuroFM Education Chair

Competencies Survey of Facilities Management Practioners in Africa

EuroFM, have been working with the African FM community on a survey which aims to identify the gap in skills and training within the existing and future African FM community.

This survey is now ready for distribution, so please share with your relevant African network in order for this work to reach a wide audience as possible

EuroFM is proud to support the African FM community along with IFMA, RICS, and national FM professional bodies including SAFMA, AFMPN, and GPFI, and with the participation of two institutions, University of Cape Town, South Africa and the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Please also contact Carmel Lindkvist if you would like to know more or get engaged with this work.