At the 2017 World Congress in Berlin, members of the Communications and Publications Committee met and made the decision to approach the IPOS Website Committee with the recommendation that the two committees merge, given their overlapping and complementary focus related to communications in support of IPOS leaders and members. The Website Committee, recognizing that the website is a major communications tool for IPOS, agreed and the merger resulted in the recently formed Communications Committee. Gil Goldzweig (Israel) and Mary Jane Esplen (Canada) will Co-Chair the newly merged committee. Members of the prior Website and Communications and Publication committees have been invited to serve on the new committee.

The mandate of the Communications Committee includes: encouraging communications between IPOS and its membership, as well as the worldwide psycho-oncology community; the overseeing of content for the website, social media and the IPOS IQ News; liaising with other committee chairs where joint decisions are needed; and obtaining approvals from the Board of Directors on business matters related to IPOS communications. The Communications Committee will also aim to develop, promote and advise on publications under the IPOS Press imprimatur, promote new texts or other materials related to Psychosocial Oncology, look for opportunities to co-brand, co-market or collaborate with our partners and other peer organizations.

Gil and Mary Jane, along with the committee members look forward to serving the IPOS community! Content for IQ News, website or our other social media outlets is always welcome!

We wish IPOS members a Wonderful Holiday Season with time to reflect upon and appreciate the important work that you do. All the best for a Peaceful and Productive 2017!