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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Summer Schools

The Association's Summer School normally has a two-year cycle, and we attempt to ensure that this cycle avoids clashing with the General Meetings.

The Summer School is intended to provide graduate students in Europe with the opportunity to come together for a two-week period to receive instruction and supervision from senior social psychologists drawn from Europe and the rest of the world. It also provides graduate students with the chance to meet graduate students from other European countries. Since many of these students go on to become full-time academics, this means that it is possible for even junior academic staff to have an established network of contacts throughout Europe, drawn from fellow-participants in a Summer School.

Tutors and Participants

Because the Summer School takes a great deal of time, effort, and money to organise, and because graduate students are limited to participating in one Summer School, participants are selected on a competitive basis. A typical Summer School lasts for two weeks, and consists of five 'workshop' groups of students, with about 12 students in each group. The groups are organised around research themes, and each group is supervised by a tutor whose own research specialisation falls within that theme. This tutor is usually assisted by a second person, who is often recruited from the university staff of institutions in the host country. Efforts are made by the Summer School organiser (who is appointed to this role by the Executive Committee) to achieve a balance of research themes, so that the discipline of social psychology is as far as possible covered. Normally no more than one current member of the Executive Committee acts as a tutor at summer schools, and the academic programme of the school is devised in consultation with the Executive Committee.

Summer School Activities

The intention is that each of the five workshop groups receives specialist instruction in a particular research topic, and that on the basis of this instruction members of the group design one or more empirical studies that would address key theoretical questions. Given that the schools take place in the summer months, when the supply of potential research participants is limited, it is usually only possible for students to conduct pilot research during the Summer School. The summer school organiser may set aside some sources of support towards the later extension of the planned research at one or more of the participants' home universities.

EASP Summer School 2018 (Zürich, Switzerland) in total, 2 pictures
EASP Summer School 2018 (Zürich, Switzerland)

Next Summer School

EASP Summer School 2022

Dear EASP Members,
Only few days are left to apply to the next EASP Summer School! The event will take place at the Faculty of Psychology in Wroclaw, SWPS University in Poland, between 24th of July and 06th of August 2022.
We are happy that excellent researchers in social psychology have kindly agreed to conduct the workshops. During the Summer School there will be five main workshops (each participant chooses one of them), keynote lectures and additional, short, methodological workshops.

The following main workshops are planned for the Summer School:

Identity and politics
Aleksandra Cichocka (University of Kent) & Aleksandra Cislak (SWPS University)
This workshop will discuss how social identities in their different forms are linked to political beliefs, decisions and behaviors. The workshop will focus on current social and political problems such as populism, science denialism, and anti-environmentalism.

Intergroup relations
Michal Bilewicz (University of Warsaw) & Sylvie Graf (Czech Academy of Sciences)
This workshop will deal with factors that shape intergroup relations such as language (e.g., grammatical forms, ethnic labels, derogatory rhetoric, gender forms) and experiences of intergroup contact (e.g., positive and negative direct contact, mass media, historical contact) or conflict (e.g., victimhood beliefs).

Meanings in life
Samantha Heintzelman (Rutgers University) & Wijnand Van Tilburg (University of Essex)
This workshop will discuss how people create, experience, maintain, and protect a sense of meaning in life, and how this relates to motivation, well-being, emotion, interpersonal behaviour, and life outcomes.

Moral judgement and behavior
Shahar Ayal (Reichman University) & Paul Conway (University of Portsmouth)
This workshop will be focused on ethical decision making. The topics discussed here will cover the dilemma between honesty and conflicting motives and contextual
factors related to (dis)honest behavior. The workshop will also concentrate on how people make their sacrificial judgments and what is the role of morality in person perception.

Social cognition
Hans IJzerman (Université Grenoble Alpes) & Caterina Suitner (University of Padova)
This workshop will focus on how people interpret themselves and their social worlds. More specifically, the workshop will deal with one of the central dimensions of social cognition (agency) and how space or language are intertwined with agency. In addition, it will address the other central dimension of social cognition (communion) and the sociobiological origins of interpersonal attachments (i.e., social thermoregulation). To structure your theoretical ideas, we will rely on templates via the Open Science Framework.

Deadline for applications: 31st of January 2022

For more information regarding the workshops, please visit the Summer School’s web page:

How to apply?
Fill in the form:

And ask your supervisor to send the enclosed reference letter to by January 31st 2022.

Feel free to contact the organizing committee if you have any additional questions:
Katarzyna Cantarero (
Katarzyna Byrka (
Dariusz Dolinski (
Olga Bialobrzeska (

Past Summer Schools

Past summer school reports and archival media (images) are available for some of the summer school. Click on a summer school event for further details.


Cooperation with other Societies (SPSP and SASP)

The Summer School organizers keep five of the approximately 60 potential Summer School places open for graduate students from North America/Canada (selected by SPSP) and five places for Australasian students (selected by the SASP). This is based on an agreement with SPSP and SASP which, in turn, allows five EASP postgraduate members to attend the SPSP Summer Schools (SISPP) and the summer school of SASP. For more information, see our joint activities.