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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Diversity and Scientific Integrity Statement

Diversity Statement

In promoting the excellence of European social psychology research, the EASP aims to ensure that the association and its resources are accessible to qualified scholars and students from a range of backgrounds and approaches, and across all regions of Europe. Hence, the EASP is committed to promoting and supporting all types of diversity within the association—for example, gender, sexual orientation, geographic, thematic, and methodological—and to facilitate a supportive and inclusive environment for members from a diverse membership.

This includes initiatives aimed at:

  1. Achieving and maintaining a diverse membership, with regard to gender, sexual orientation, geographical region, and research topic or approach;
  2. Promoting the involvement of members from currently underrepresented groups and from disadvantaged regions in the association’s activities; and
  3. Providing opportunities for financial support to members across Europe.

Existing activities

Achieving and promoting diversity is core to the association’s activities. Some specific activities serve these aims most directly, for example:

The Executive Committee considers diversity, in its various aspects, as a core criterion in all the selections it makes (for awards, grants, etc.) and, where possible, engages in active efforts to attract a diverse pool of candidates. The Executive Committee communicates the importance of doing this to the organizers of all the meetings, conferences, and summer schools it funds, and to the editors of its journals.

All EASP awards, made every three years, are now either open to (self-)nominations or open to suggestions from members, to broaden the pool to be considered.

  • The EASP grant system (travel and seedcorn grants) aims to help members during the different stages of their scientific career, and explicitly encourages applications from members from countries/departments that have only limited access to travel funds and whose infrastructure or training facilities are less well developed than elsewhere. Any topic within social psychology is considered eligible and there is no restriction on the research methods proposed, as long as these are justified and of excellent quality.
  • The Research Knowledge Transfer Scheme (RKTS) is specifically intended to fund any initiative that benefits the professional development of EASP members from regions where access to scientific information, facilities, and/or funding is scarce compared to other European regions, or to foster underrepresented research themes and approaches. Examples of activities (that can be or have been) funded through these schemes are workshops on specific research topics, methods, data analysis, or writing for publication.
  • The Collaborative Research Grant was developed to assist researchers in developing new projects which will be pursued through the collaboration with one or more researchers from different countries. In particular, collaborative research grants are intended to support preliminary research, which may assist the holders to subsequently obtain larger-scale funding from other sources (for full members). This grant scheme also aims to increase diversity within EASP, in that at least one of the partners needs to either work in a country facing economic hardship or in which the EASP is not well represented.
  • The EASP funds research meetings with a minimum of 20 participants, irrespective of the topic (as long as it falls within social psychology). Moreover, the EASP is particularly keen to encourage applications from topics and regions that have received less funding in previous years.
  • In 2016-2017, the EASP funded and supported a Diversity Working Party (WP), to analyze diversity at the EASP. The WP authored a report that was discussed with the Executive Committee and was presented to members in a roundtable session during the 2017 General Meeting in Granada.

Scientific Integrity Statement

The European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) subscribes to the importance of ethical research and publication practices. We subscribe to the meta-code of ethics set out by the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations (EFPA) and to the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. The EASP also subscribes to the more discipline-specific codes of human research ethics set out by various national societies, such as (in English) the Code for Human Research Ethics of the British Psychological Society and the Ethical Principles of Psychologists of the American Psychological Association (APA).

These principles cover essential issues such as beneficence and non-maleficence, fidelity and responsibility, integrity, justice, respect for people's rights and dignity, informed consent, use of deception in research, debriefing, the reporting of research results (fabrication and error correction), plagiarism, publication credit, duplicate publication, and sharing research data.

EASP members are expected to subscribe to these ethical principles both when joining and throughout their membership of the association.