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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Joint activities with other associations

With Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

To foster international cooperation between the EASP and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), there is an exchange between the EASP and SPSP concerning teir summer schools (EASP summer school and SISPP).

Summer Institute in Social Psychology (SISPP)

Modelled on the bi-annual EASP summer schools, which are held in even-numbered years, the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) offers comparable two-week intensive summer schools for US/Canadian doctoral students, to be held in the United States in odd-numbered years, beginning in 2003.

  • SISP 2003: University of Colorado, Boulder, July 13-26, 2003
  • SISP 2005: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on July 24-August 6, 2005,
  • SISP 2007 : University of Texas at Austin , July 15-28, 2007
  • SISP 2009: Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois from July 12-25, 2009
  • SISPP 2011: Princeton, New Jersey, USA from July 24 - August 6, 2011
  • SISPP 2013: University of California, Davis, July 15 – July 26, 2013
  • SISPP 2015: Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., July 19 - August 1, 2015
  • SISPP 2017: University of Southern California, July 9-22, 2017

The SPSP schools are set up primarily for American/Canadian students, but they will also accept five European EASP postgraduate members, who will be selected by the EASP. If necessary, EASP provides financial assistance to selected EASP participants. In addition, 5 postgraduate members of SPSP can participate at the EASP summer school, selected and sponsored by SPSP.

With Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)

The EASP and SPSSI (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues) funds one conference per year that is attractive to members of both societies alternating between North America (even years) and Europe (odd years). Per conference the amount of financial support is equivalent to $ 3500 from each organisation for a total amount of $ 7000.

Criteria

  • At least 80% of persons attending the small conferences, co-sponsored by SPSSI and EASP, should be members of either or both societies.
  • No more than 2/3 of the participants should be invited by one of the societies.
  • The total number of participants should fall between 15 and 30.
  • There must be two organizers, a member of SPSSI and a member of EASP. Preferably one organizer should be based in Europe, the other one in North America.
  • The themes of meetings should generally be social issues related, and these issues should be relevant internationally (i.e. not focused purely on intra-national questions).
  • There should be sufficient advance notice for meetings to be advertised to the membership through the pages of the official news bulletins of each society (thereby allowing members to submit abstracts, apply for travel money, etc.). This is why there are deadlines for applying for financial support (see below).
  • EASP will publish a report of the meeting in the EASP Bulletin.
  • Conference organizers will be encouraged to submit articles or an edited book, based on contributions to the conference, for consideration as an issue of the Journal of Social Issues or to one of SPSSI's other publication outlets. Regardless of the outlet, any conference related publication must acknowledge the financial support from EASP and SPSSI.

Please find information about the applicaton procedure here.

With Association for Psychological Science (APS)

EASP members are invited to join the Association for Psychological Science (APS) with a one year free membership.

Click here to join today. APS is committed to strengthening the ties between psychological scientists around the globe and across disciplines. You are encouraged to join! APS also invites EASP members to read APS’ Global Observer, an internationally focused online publication. View the latest issue here.

With the Society of Australasian Social Psychology (SASP)

The Society of Australasian Social Psychology (SASP) holds a bi-annual summer school. The SASP summer school was previously jointly organised by LaTrobe, The Australian National University, and the University of Melbourne. The 4th and 5th summer schools in 2010, 2012, and 2014 were hosted by the University of Queensland.

SASP summer schools are set up primarily for SASP students, but they also accept 5 European EASP members, selected by the EASP. If necessary, EASP provides financial assistance to selected EASP participants. In addition, 5 postgraduate members of SASP can participate at the EASP summer school, selected and sponsored by SASP.

The next SASP summer school will be held in 2018.

With Society for Experimental Social Psychology (SESP)

The Society for Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) is one of the leading associations of social psychologists in North America. SESP is in many respects a different type of organization to EASP. Membership is more selective, and there are no graduate student members. The primary activity of SESP is the organization of an annual meeting, which usually takes place in October.

In an attempt to foster greater awareness of and communication between SESP and EASP, there have so far been three joint meetings, one unofficial and two official. The objective of these joint meetings is to strengthen the ties between social psychologists in Europe and North America, and to expose each set of members to the research being conducted on the 'other' continent.The first was a small, informal affair, which took place in Paris in 1977. The second, much larger meeting was the first formal joint meeting. It took place in Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in July 1992. The third was the first joint meeting to take place in North America. It took the form of an 'expanded' SESP meeting and it was held in Washington, DC, in September 1995.

Unlike other meetings sponsored or co-sponsored by the EASP, there is no fixed 'cycle' of joint EASP-SESP meetings. Rather, the Executive Committee responds to proposals to host such a joint meeting, and liaises with the SESP committee in deciding whether to proceed with such a proposal.

EASP-SESP Joint meeting, Leuven-Louvain 1992, at Leuven
EASP-SESP Joint meeting, Leuven-Louvain 1992, at Leuven
EASP-SESP Joint meeting, Leuven-Louvain 1992, at Louvain-la-Neuve
EASP-SESP Joint meeting, Leuven-Louvain 1992, at Louvain-la-Neuve

With Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE)

The Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) is a platform of European learned societies and scientific organizations whose aim is to promote mechanisms to support basic science at a European level, involve scientists in the design and implementation of European science policies, and to advocate strong independent scientific advice in European policy making.

For more than a year and a half, the EASP has been a strong supporter of the ISE. As a demonstration of this commitment, the EASP has been asked to communicate its views regarding the needs of researchers in social sciences with respect to European funding at a meetings organized in Brussels on October 23/24, 2004, together by ISE and members of the European Parliament.

It is the opinion of the EASP that our discipline must actively join other fields in order to promote and secure the most constructive of attitudes towards scientific research among European authorities. Funding of scientific research at the European level must be put in the hands of the scientists themselves and basic research ought to occupy the centre of the stage. These are critical conditions if Europe is to be a credible partner in today's international scientific debate.
If you are interested in learning more about the ISE, you can visit the following web site:
http://www.initiative-science-europe.org/

On June 30 2005, the EASP signed an ISE appeal specifying the conditions for the creation of the ERC. To read this appeal, click below.