Interview with the incoming chairmen of the EAU Membership Office

21 March 2019

The EAU’s Membership Office can look forward to a new approach and renewed energy from its leadership, promising EAU members more acknowledgement for their contribution to the Association and a larger sense of belonging.

Profs. Bernard Malavaud (Toulouse, FR; photo left) and Dmitry Pushkar (Moscow, RU; photo right) will, from EAU19 on, form a dual chairmanship of the EAU’s Membership Office. Prof. Malavaud will formally be its Chairman, with Prof. Pushkar serving as Vice-Chairman. We spoke to the two chairmen on the occasion of their appointment.

In your opinion, what is the role of the Membership Office within the EAU?
Prof. Malavaud (BM): Academic associations can succeed in their mission only through the strength and dedication of their members. Fostering the highest level of educational and scientific output, and dedication to its members are therefore two sides of the same coin for the EAU.

In other words, the membership office is dedicated to maintaining and developing the human structure that will allow the other Offices to further promote the EAU mission statement: “to raise the level of urological care throughout Europe and beyond”.

What are your ambitions for the Membership Office?
BM: My ambition is to build among the EAU members the sense of belonging to a wide and powerful association that cares for them and acknowledges their unique individual contributions. To that end, we will use creative thinking to structure a programme that upholds the personal contributions of all EAU members from the junior resident to the highest-ranking officer, in the form of a gradation of benefits and individual recognition.

Prof. Pushkar (DP): I feel that, with 18,000 EAU members the Membership Office is becoming a crucial office within the Association. More so when Europe has no borders anymore, embracing its neighbouring countries.

How will you be dividing the tasks and responsibilities between the Chair and Vice-Chair?
BM: ‘Dividing’ is a tricky word as it relates to division, which is a far cry from my previous relations with Prof. Dmitry Pushkar. It is a candid statement to say that I look forward to Dmitry’s support.

The two of us will convene in Barcelona to devise how the Membership Office work can best take advantage of our complementary inputs. Indeed, the objectives of reinforcing and structuring the benefits of EAU membership are in no way menial and will require multiple exchanges of ideas, interactions with the EAU’s Central Office and other external parties. No doubt, it will be an asset to have two senior officers of distinct perspectives and backgrounds, possibly reinforced by a select few younger urologists.

However, responsibilities cannot be divided and as Chair it will ultimately fall to me to embody and defend our collective vision to the Executive.
DP: In light of the importance of the Office, the EAU has deemed that I may support and help Bernard. I am honoured and will perform to the best of my abilities in this role.

Your predecessor, Prof. Korneyev is one of the longest-serving EAU Board Members. How do you look back on his tenure?
BM: Taking over from Prof. Korneyev, who brought the roster of EAU members to unprecedented heights is a daunting task and I must acknowledge my deepest thanks for his past leadership and the efficient structure that is handed over to me.

However, as it is idiomatically said: “no tree grows to the sky”. I posit that after the rapid expansion driven by my predecessor comes a time when it is necessary to expand and personalise the benefits that all active members of the EAU may expect from their contributions. This may be particularly necessary when the traditional forms of rewarding membership and fidelity to our association are being beaten back by unlimited web access to scientific journals and guidelines and reduced industry support for congresses.

This is even more challenging when all international organisations in urology and major academic institutions now take advantage of social media and modern means of communication to enlarge their audience and followers.

Is there anything you would like to say to the EAU’s members?
DP: The EAU is the fastest growing urological society with enormous educational and scientific opportunities. The Membership Office will do its best to deliver those opportunities to every member of the association.

BM: There is! Your membership is valued and it is the ambition of this Membership Office to acknowledge and provide tangible evidence of your individual contribution to the EAU’s motto of “raising the level of urological care throughout Europe and beyond”.

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