European Campus Card Association Conference 2019

The European Campus Card Association Conference was recently held in Johannes Kepler University in Linz Austria from May 19thto 21stlast. This conference was attended by delegates from over 15 countries. Presentations, practical demonstrations and workshops were presented by expert speakers from across the world, in particular Europe and the US, covering a wide range of issues relating to campus cards and more. The conclusions and incidences of the conference can be found on our website.

The success of the conference, which was clearly visible to all who attended, certainly provided a lot of interesting discussion and debate on the future of eID and its role in the delivery of efficient and quality services for colleges and universities both on and off campus. It was also obvious to all that there are challenges ahead, however as an association we can help and support each other to overcome these challenges. Providing networking opportunities to address this is important and this is one of the main aims of the ECCA conference.


At our conference workshop on the “Campus eID of the Future” there was much interaction on this topic from those present. The workshop outcome clearly identified challenges that need to be overcome in the delivery of a campus student eID. ECCA is actively progressing with a “Consultation Process on the Development of a Proposal for a Trusted Student Identification Framework” (Student eID Framework). This process will support European policies on the provision of secure identification and authentication on a cross-border basis in Europe by generating knowledge and awareness of the benefits derived from a common eID among the main stakeholders from different member states.


The conference exhibition area also attracted a number of leading card companies and technology developers, providing an insight into the current and future technology hardware and software systems.

The European Campus Card Association continues to become a stronger association each year and this was particularly evident at this year’s conference. Next year’s conference will be hosted by Humboldt University in Berlin Germany.

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ECCA Conference Best Presentation Award Winner 2019

This year’s Conference Best Presentation Award was dedicated in honour of the late Tom Watkins from Emory in the USA. The winner of this year’s award, as voted by the attendees, was Mr. Alexander Loechel from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU) in Germany.

Alexander’s presentation entitled "LMU Card – Managing Expectations"focused on the new LMUcard which combines the wishes of the students for a representative, durable and widely accepted student card with the services of the university, the students’ union, two large libraries, and the local transport association. With a large number of project participants, legal requirements (e.g. GDPR, accessibility, governmental regulations), the quality standards of the institution itself and external requirements, the complexity is growing rapidly. This is where the two essential challenges of modern IT come into play: managing complexity and expectations. The presentation covered the technical aspects and pitfalls that such a project can have.

Mr. Alexander Loechel is a senior IT Manager, with a background in project management and software development. He is the project lead for the LMUcard project and several other strategic projects. As an Informatician and former military officer, he has worked in military and aviation software development, project management, and he is engaged in several Open Source Projects. Managing complex projects and leading teams of specialists are the focus of his work at the LMU.His co-presenter was Dr. Alfred Burgstaller who is a mathematician and is a senior IT manager in the LMU administration.

ECCA extends its congratulations to Alexander on an excellent, practical and very informative presentation of a campus card system.

Further information on this presentation is available on


Richard Tamborelli (NACCU) presents Alexander Loechel (LMU) with the Best Presentation Award.


ECCA Announces Distinguished Service Award Winners

The Distinguished Service Award recognises an individual who over a prolonged period of time has demonstrated exceptional leadership and devoted service to ECCA and has made an outstanding contribution to Educational Institutions and Service Provider members on a cross-border basis.

Eligibility and Award Criteria

The award is typically presented to an individual with 10 or more years’ service to ECCA. The recipient must demonstrate a substantial contribution to a selection of or all of the following:

  1. Provided significant contributions to ECCA as exhibited by exceptional devotion of time, effort and actions towards furthering the mission of the association through administrative and functional activities
  2. Participation in the research and development of campus eID related technologies
  3. Participation as a member of the ECCA Executive Board, Sub Committees and/or Regional Chapters
  4. Involvement with Innovation, Research and Industry activity that is above and beyond an individual’s job description
  5. Published Papers and Presentations
  6. Development of innovative solutions that have been shared with Educational Institutions, Services Providers and relevant Industry Partners
  7. At least one letter of support from a colleague who is an ECCA member in an Educational Institution or Service Provider

Nomination Criteria

Nominees may be self-nominated or nominated by their institution. An individual from another ECCA educational institutional member or Service Provider member may also nominate an individual. All nominees must demonstrate a substantial contribution to Educational Institutions, and/or Services Providers or relevant Industry Partners.

Award Selection Processes

An Awards Committee will be appointed annually by the ECCA Executive Board. The Committee will evaluate the nomination(s) and recommend an individual whom it considers suitable for selection as a recipient of the award to the Executive Board. The Board’s decision in ratifying an individual for the award is final. The announcement and presentation of the award recipient will take place at the ECCA annual conference.

No more than one award will be given in any one year. The award is not necessarily an annual award. The committee will recommend a recipient only in the case of exemplary and outstanding service.

ECCA Appoints New Board

ECCA at its annual general meeting this year appointed its new Board.

The Board is represented by HEI’s and SME’s.


Role on Board


René de Koster 


Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

Radek Holy

Vice President

Czech Technical University, Czech Republic

Ricardo Faria

Secretary General

University of Porto, Portugal

Eugene McKenna


Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

Morgan Persson

Board Member

Lund University, Sweden

Tamas Molnar

Board Member

Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Jorge Lanza

Board Member

University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain

José Filipe de Azevedo Alves

Board Member

University of Porto, Portugal

Måns Thuresson

Service Provider Board Member

Mecenat, Sweden

Jacek Blahut

Service Provider Board Member

OpTeam, Poland

Sinead Nealon

Executive Director


L-R: Eugene McKenna, Jorge Lanza, Ricardo Faria, Måns Thuresson, Morgan Persson, Renéde Koster, Radek Holy, Tamas Molnar, Sinead Nealon, José Filipe Alves, Jacek Blahut.


ECCA Appoints New President

ECCA at its annual general meeting this year appointed a new President, Mr. René de Koster, from Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands.  The normal tenure of the position of President is threeyears, however this may be extended by up to a further two years. René took over as President from Mr Ricardo Faria, from the University of Porto in Portugal, who had served his term as President.

 René is currently Application and Project manager at Wageningen University & Research IT department. He has been working at WUR since 1985: Starting off in a very different field, he was at first responsible for plant care at the research facility in Aalsmeer (just next to Schiphol airport) and in the 1990’s he started growing into the field of IT. Initially he was involved in programming for climate systems in greenhouses, as well as in database management and later switched to application management. Together with all other IT personnel, he moved to Wageningen in 2006, and at the same time, the first version of the WURcard was just being introduced. Currently, next to a large variety of different projects, he is still involved in almost all aspects concerning the WURcard.

René said“I am delighted and honoured to be appointed President of ECCA. We are entering into a very exciting period for campus cards and eID’s. ECCA is a neutral, not for profit association, and our aim is to provide direction and leadership on the future of eID inline with EU policy and I look forward to my role in delivering on these aims by working with our members and other relevant stakeholders over my term as President”.

 The association would like to thank Ricardo Faria for his excellent work during his term as President as we wish René every success during his term in office.

About Us

The mission of the association is to assist the institutions of higher education in the Member States of the European Union and other European Countries to implement and operate campus card programmes by facilitating information exchange, by developing European standards where appropriate and by acting as a forum for interaction between the institutions and other agencies with an interest in campus card applications in Higher Education.


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