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Can we Really Manage a Crisis? Event organized by PuMa alumni group on May 5, 2018

On May 5, 2018 PuMa, the alumni association of the Master’s in Public Management organized the second edition of ‘Overheid of Overhead’, a congress series initiated for the 75th anniversary of the ‘Master in Public Management’ program. This year’s theme, "Can We Really Manage a Crisis?”, is a relevant and actual topic that attracted a big turnout.

coffee made by Cross Roast

The many participants who made their way to Antwerp on a Saturday morning were welcomed with breakfast and a special coffee bar.

Morning Breakfast

During the event, we honored Freija De Bock, founding member of PuMa.

During her sickness, she wrote a book, "The Cancer Survival Guide" which was for sale during the event. All proceeds of her book will go to cancer research.

MPM alumnus & Chief of Antwerp Fire Department Bert Brugghemans

“Crisis is the new normal”, according to the 3 keynote speakers: Bert Brugghemans, Hugo Marynissen and Bart Raeymaekers.

Dr. Hugo Marynissen, Professor, Atnwerp Management School
Bart Raeymaekers, General Director of the Belgian Crisis Center.

A crisis can be described as "something normal that got out of hand". Our surroundings are becoming more chaotic and more complex: smart cities, self-driving cars, etc... They are all new developments that influence the work of emergency services. Complexity and chaos can no longer be ignored in today's context.

PuMa alumni helped with the organization

After the plenary sessions, participants could choose to listen the master’s theses of last year’s Master’s in Public Management students. If you are interested in reading the white papers, they can be downloaded from our website.

If you are interested in reading the white papers, they can be downloaded from our website.

And to end this successful morning, Dr. Hugo Marynissen announced the collaboration of AMS and the Antwerp Fire Department in developing a vision (based on research) of the ideal fire services in 2030.

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