The annual EMPA-meeting was hosted by the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in January 2019. With this fruitful meeting, intensifying the relations between existing EMPA-partners in terms of student and teacher exchange was again set as a long term goal of the EMPA-network. The EMPA-network is also considering to take substantial steps to extend the network to different parts of Europe, i.e. Scandinavia and UK-partners. Finally, it was announced that the University of Geneva will be the new president of the EMPA-network in 2019.