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International Conference on Environmental Psychology (ICEP) 2019

Dear Colleagues

On behalf of the Organising Committee we are delighted to invite you to participate in the International Conference on Environmental Psychology: “Protecting People and Planet Through Social and Behavioural Science” to be held in Plymouth (the UK’s ‘Ocean City’) Sept 4th to 6th, 2019. This international conference is being organised under the auspices of the Division of Environmental Psychology of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) to promote the science and practice of applied psychology and to facilitate scientific exchange and communication on themes relevant to the increasingly policy-recognised field of environmental psychology.

Several inspirational keynote talks will represent not just environmental psychology but also related disciplines and environmental policymaking with the deliberate intention of discussing how the environmental psychology community can best translate its rigorous science into meaningful change. As Environmental and Applied Psychologists at this conference we hope to make a contribution to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, see For many of these SDGs, understanding the human dimension (e.g., research on perceptions, motivations, behaviours, people-environment interactions etc.) is absolutely crucial. We are now seeking submissions for symposia, individual talks and posters to complete the scientific programme (see attachment). Submissions are welcome from any area of environmental psychology.

We are especially keen to receive symposia proposals that: a) contain researchers from different research groups internationally; b) span the boundaries of environmental psychology and other applied disciplines (e.g. policy making and urban/landscape design); and c) are coordinated and/or highlight exciting new work by early career researchers (including Phd students). Given the conference’s location, and one of the key interests of the coordinating committee, talks on environmental psychology with respect to the marine environment are also particularly welcome.

We very much look forward to your participation in ICEP 2019 in Plymouth (UK) and to welcoming you to the beautiful county of Devon in the South West of England. It’s definitely the best time of year to visit; the light is clear, the waters are still warm (by UK standards!), and the beer, despite rumours to the contrary, is definitely cold.

Dr. Sabine Pahl & Dr. Mat White & the Organising Committee
School of Psychology, University of Plymouth (UK)
European Centre for Environment &Human Health, University of Exeter (UK)

Weitere Infomation unter diesem Link.

How to Theorize: A one-day workshop on critical and creative theory generation

Die Fachgruppe konnte durch die Vermittlung von Maxie Schulte Prof. Martijn van Zomeren für einen 1-Tages-Workshop zum Thema “ How to Theorize: A one-day workshop on critical and creative theory generation“ in Bielefeld, in Kooperation mit dem Institut für interdisziplinäre Konflikt und Gewaltforschung und der Fachhochschule Bielefeld, gewinnen. In dem Workshop ging es um kreatives und theoriebasiertes (Be-)Forschen und Weiterentwickeln von Theorien. Der Workshop fand am 05.02.19 in Bielefeld statt.

Martijn van Zomeren ist einer der führenden Sozialpsychologen in der Forschung zu kollektiven Aktionen und der Psychologie der Transformation und arbeitet aktiv an der Theorieentwicklung in diesem Bereich. Zusätzlich wird er am Nachmittag vor dem Workshop seine aktuelle Forschung in einen Vortrag vorstellen (04.02.19). Weitere Informationen zur Person:

Beschreibung des Workshops:

How to Theorize: A one-day workshop on critical and creative theory generation

Research master and PhD curricula typically focus on teaching students how to do research, but fail to include training on how to theorize. However, the latter is absolutely pivotal because theorizing is essential to interpreting any research finding. Specifically, being trained in both critical and creative theorizing will make one’s research designs stronger and the resulting findings more meaningful. This one-day workshop addresses the question of how to theorize through a focused and critical, but also creative and interactive approach. Its main message is that, much like doing research, theorizing is something that is fun, interactive, and inherently social. As such it can be learned through exercise and training. In the workshop, we will focus on introspectively and collectively defining core concepts in the social sciences (Socratic Dialogue technique); and on using helpful tools to creatively generate hypotheses (McGuire’s heuristics). Through this hands-on approach, this workshop hopes to generate curiosity about and insights into how to theorize.

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