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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Joint Activities with Other Associations


The SPSSI (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues) and EASP fund 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 USD from each organisation for a total amount of 7000 USD.


  • 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).
  • The EASP will publish a report of the meeting in the EASP Bulletin and website.
  • 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.

Further information


The Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (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.

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

The 2018 Summer School took place February 19-25, 2018 at the Australian National University’s Kioloa Coastal Campus in Kioloa, New South Wales, Australia. Read a report of the summer school here.

The 2023 Summer School was held from November 27-30, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. 


To foster international cooperation between the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) and EASP, an exchange between the SPSP and EASP, concerning their respective summer schools, exists.

Summer Institute in Social Psychology (SISPP)

Modelled on the bi-annual EASP Summer School, which is 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, that are held since 2003 in the United States in odd-numbered years.

The SISSP summer school is 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, the EASP will provide financial assistance to selected EASP participants. In addition, 5 postgraduate members of the SPSP can participate at the EASP summer school, selected and sponsored by the SPSP. Applicants need to apply via SPSP. 

Further Information


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.

With 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.

In recent years, 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.

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


On May 12, 2022, the EASP held a joint virtual meeting with the IARR (International Association for Relationship Research) entitled "What's love got to do with it: Diversity in close/romantic relationships". Participants presented state-of-the-art research from social psychological, relationship studies, and interdisciplinary perspectives on diversity topics broadly defined.

The next online meeting will be held on May 15th, 2024. For information and (free) registration visit: