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European Bulletin of Social Psychology 33,1 (May 2021)


Dear friends and colleagues,

We are delighted to bring you this first edition of the Bulletin for 2021. It focuses in particular on issues related to diversity and inclusion, with comments from our President Kai Jonas about recent EASP activities, a special report from Kai Sassenberg and Ángel Gómez on diversity in EASP awards, and a finally a report on diversifying psychological science, summarised by our Diversity Officer, Nurit Shnabel.

The Bulletin also includes information about upcoming grants, a further request for contributions to our history pages, an update on the General Meeting, and an announcement of the new European Journal of Social Psychology editorial team.

You will also find our usual announcements of future activities, recently awarded grants, reports on previous grants and meetings, publications, and the new members who we warmly welcome to EASP.

All best wishes,
Karen and Tina

President's Corner

Dear colleagues,

When I am asked these days how I am doing my answer is “I see light at the end of the tunnel and new challenges ahead” and I believe that also holds for activities for EASP.

In the past months, the EC has managed to fully move the office to the Netherlands. We do have – after going through excruciating procedures of verification – a Dutch bank account and an online payment service (for your membership contributions). We are managing new tax regulations and the overall professionalization of the association. For example, in the context of negotiating contracts with our publishers, what was previously often not much more than a chat during a conference with the representatives, an exchange of drafts afterwards and an easy closure of the deal, has now turned into a series of meetings with tax advisors and legal support on both ends. Brexit hasn’t made the situation easier, as most of the publishers we work with are located in the UK. This brings exchange rate risks afore that we cannot control, but the legal aspects are now covered and the contracts with the publishers are settled. Moving was one big task already, and adhering to new legal and tax demands was another. The context in which EASP operates now, its size both in terms of members and budget, as well as its scope of operations, have changed and require adjusted management procedures.

We are far away from an “old” or “new normal”. The impact of the Corona pandemic on academia is far from over and the consequences will be felt for many years to come. Many of us are facing increasing numbers of students in hard to plan educational contexts, some of us face job insecurities, and research may be lagging behind, too. We have decided to allocate funds to help to alleviate these burdens by making new research possible and by opening up a grant line that is specifically designed to support colleagues who have been suffering from a double burden, due to childcare or care-taking demands. There is abundant evidence that female researchers are disproportionally affected by this (but not exclusively) and that the Corona pandemic is widening a gap that was already there before. We also learned that junior scholars are severely affected by to the lack of informal networking possibilities that are otherwise present at conferences. The casual “Hi, I am XYZ, may I ask you a quick question…?” that can lead to an hourlong conversation and later collaboration has disappeared by and large. While more senior scholars are less affected by this, given their existing networks and lower hurdles to simply reach out to a colleague, junior scholars cannot build their networks now. Hence, we have introduced an online colloquium: This “online meet-up” gives junior scholars the opportunity to give a talk and get feedback from senior peers that are otherwise hard to reach. The Executive Committee (EC) will act as a broker and arrange the agreement, the junior researcher and the host lab will take it from there. More information can be found here.

Finally, we would like to stress that the classic funding available from EASP, grants and group meetings, are still available and have been adjusted to the current limitations of the Corona pandemic. Online meetings are possible and fundable (based on a substantiated budget), and research grant proposals, too.

We are very happy that the pandemic also brought other changes about. Our membership is becoming increasingly vocal and voices their concerns about (mal)practices, knowledge gaps, thinks along actively, and offers to contribute to certain causes. This is what we, as the EC, would like to develop: an EASP that is more open, dynamic and mutually supportive. For example, I am sure that the GM in Cracow in 2023 will showcase novel programming elements, too. As another concrete example, also based on the diversity report and current signals we have received from the editors of our journals, we are going to offer academic writing workshops to junior scholars again (to kick off in autumn). It is important to state that these workshops are not meant “to preach to the converted”, but aim to attract junior scholars that struggle with academic writing in English. I can only wholeheartedly ask junior scholars who struggle to accept the challenge and dare to participate. The workshops will be facilitated by a team bringing editorial experience and understanding for different language backgrounds together.

Last but not least, while we are dealing with administrative issues and with the Corona pandemic, the EC has made continuous efforts to further diversity and inclusion within the association. Our recent RKTS call has delivered interesting proposals and we will fund novel themes and research contexts. Calls will be issued soon and please keep an eye out for those! Maybe it is important to stress that the RKTS grants are not meant only for established researchers in a certain area, but also (and foremost) for those colleagues, junior and senior, that want to learn more about a topic or approach that they are less familiar with.

For EASP, diversity and inclusion is not reduced to only furthering a diverse membership, or attendance of meetings, composition of panels and supporting marginalized research topics, but goes far beyond those areas. EASP, as an overarching European association, is in a special, but also somewhat limited role here, too. We do not have a mandate over the activities of our members in their institutions, but we can try to have an impact on other areas of diversity and inclusion that are not directly subject to EASP, by means of informational influence. In some Anglo-Saxon countries, participation in diversity training is already a prerequisite for participation in hiring committees; in many other European countries this is not deemed as a hard criterion. We believe, in line with the diversity and inclusion statement of EASP, and in light of recent events that a number of members shared with us, that EASP can support its members to safeguard fair processes that embrace diversity and inclusion in hiring procedures. Later this year, we are going to offer a first “Diversity and Inclusion in Hiring Workshop”, based on best practices from other academic environments and tailored to the European context.

We have also finalized the #metoo report. Initially, we had planned to present the findings at the GM. Now, we will present the findings in a webinar (22nd June 2021, between 15:00-17:00 CEST). We will share a sign-up/Zoom link in due course.

I hope that many of you can share my positive outlook and if not – in case EASP can do anything to change that – please feel free to reach out.

All the best,
Kai J. Jonas
President of EASP

Opinions and Perspectives

by Kai Sassenberg, IWM & University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany & Ángel Gómez, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED, Madrid, Spain

Diversity needs change on various levels: Towards more diverse award recipients!

Already in 2017/2018, the EASP Diversity Report identified the EASP awards as one area in which the association was falling behind its own diversity standards. Accordingly, at the time the EASP Executive Committee (EC) identified this as a challenge—and we continue to strongly believe that in particular the diversity of the awardees remains a challenge for the EASP. Therefore, we would like to share the lessons we learnt over the years.

When the calls for award nominations were sent out in 2019, the EC made sure that the calls stressed the importance of diversity. The EC had hoped to receive many diverse nominations, but unfortunately this was not at all the case: Indeed, the number of nominations was very small and the nominees were by no means diverse. For seven awards that the Association was planning to award, based on nominations it received, only 18 nominations in total. Thirteen of the nominees had an affiliation with a university in the UK or the Netherlands.

Even more concerning, people mostly nominated potential awardees from their close research environment (i.e., collaborators and friends). To make the challenge of reflecting diversity in awards for future award committees easier, each and every one of us should consider nominating more potential awardees and to furthermore consider those whose work largely impress us, whilst at the same time refraining from nominating people with whom we work directly or with whom frequently interact.

Sadly, it was not only the low number of nominations that rendered selecting diverse recipients difficult. The award committee, on which one of us served, talked extensively about each candidate before selecting three potential award recipients. Almost all these nominees definitely were strong candidates for the respective awards. Yet, when we started to compare nominees, female and male candidates from the Netherlands and the UK clearly outperformed all other candidates on several dimensions. Even when we tried to consider people’s empirical or theoretical contribution as an additional factor (putting numbers of publications, citations etc. aside), the same picture emerged. This committee ultimately decided to decorate three truly outstanding people – however, and once again, this decision did not live up to the association’s diversity goals [...]

Continue to read the full article here

New additional deadline for RKTS grants

We are happy to announce that a new deadline was added for applications to RKTS (Research Knowledge Transfer Scheme) grants. Members are encouraged to submit their application until May 15th. The RKTS grants are up to 3500 Euro, and their purpose is to create networks of researchers intended to advance underrepresented regions, methodologies, and topics.

Mark your calendar - additional application deadline.

Mark your calendar - additional application deadline.

Additional RKTS grant application deadline

EASP Research Knowledge Transfer Scheme Additional deadline: May 15th

News of the next General Meeting in 2023

by Małgorzata Kossowska

Inspired by the research showing that anticipation of positive events is related to happiness we would like to share with you preliminary information regarding the EASP General Meeting in 2023. Even though some people claim that prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future, we are very optimistic that we will see you in Cracow from June 30th, 2023 to July 4th, 2023. We plan to launch the website and social media accounts soon and at that point, we will kindly ask you to switch from #easp2020 to #easp2023 mindset.

Without the General Meeting Cracow felt very empty in 2020, but we see the future through rose-colored glasses (the picture serves as a proof) so we hope to see you all in 2023!

Summary of SIPS Report on Diversifying Psychological Science

by Nurit Shnabel

Based on the understanding that “we cannot do good science without diverse voicesSIPS (Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science) has established a Global Engagement Task Force whose purpose is to recommend ways to increase diversity in the open science movement. You can read the report here (see p. 25 for EASP diversity-related policies).

Among other things, the report discusses the link between geographic and epistemological diversity, stressing that “open science is not only a specific set of behav­iors, limited to reproducibility, replicability, and preregistration; to quantitative and experimen­tal research; or to social, personality, and cog­nitive psychology.” Hence, outreach to scholars from geographically diverse regions “should focus first on understanding how scholars are already working and what their contexts and needs are rather than imposing a certain set of predetermined tools and practices on others.” To give just one example, research done in geographically diverse contexts is likely to be more interdisciplinary and applied than the research published in mainstream, WEIRD journals.

The report’s conclusion is that rather than striving for the unification of methods and tools, the open science movement should seek to “bring together people with different knowledge and concerns to work together.” The report also stresses that the advance of technology makes it is easier to increase diversity in psychological science. The R-Ladies, a worldwide organization to promote gender diversity in the R community, is discussed as an insightful case study on how international organizations “can adapt to quickly changing circumstances and provide resources for members in an […] equitable manner.

Member Contributions to the History Website

As we mentioned in the previous Bulletin, we have started to put together a website on the history of European social psychology: Thank you very much to colleagues who have contributed so far. The website is still very incomplete, however, and we write again to request more contributions.

We would like to expand the website to cover the history of social psychology in Europe as broadly as we possibly can. Specifically, we invite everyone to consider writing contributions about ideas, theories, schools, or people in European social psychology. We are also interested in thoughts and streams that had a national or regional impact, but that have never or not yet been extensively discussed internationally.

We are not looking for people to send their papers to put on the website. Instead, we are asking for written contributions. Please take a look at the website to get an idea of what we're looking for, and get in touch if you would be willing to make a contribution. You can send these to our Media Manager, Tina at

An online compendium of ideas, schools and people in the field of
Social Psychology

An online compendium of ideas, schools and people in the field of Social Psychology

New Associate Editors of EJSP



Introducing the new EJSP Associate Editors

European Journal of Social Psychology (EJSP)

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Call for Papers for Special Issue on Bridging (Cross-)Cultural Psychology with Societal Development Studies

Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology (JCCP) Submission deadline May 15th, 2021 (extended)

EASP Online Meeting - Dissonance Spring

Registration now open May 17th, 2021 from 15:00-18:00 GMT

CfP - Open Call for Proposals: Stigma and Social Relationships

Journal of Social Issues (JSI) Submission deadline: May 31st, 2021

Calls for nominations for ISSI awards

International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI) Extended deadline: May 31st, 2021

LGBTQI Studies Conference

Conference date: June 1st, 2021 Online via Zoom

Call for Papers: Exploring Justice: Terra Firma and Terra Incognita

18th Biennial Meeting, July 7-10, 2021, International Society for Justice Research; Online edition, in collaboration with Católica-Lisbon, Portugal

Invitation to 14th Biennial AASP Conference

Asian Association of Social Psychology 29th-31st July 2021, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea

Special Issue on "What Influences an Individual's Pro-environmental Behavior?"

Journal: Sustainability Submission deadline: July 31st, 2021

Call for Papers for Special Issue on Acculturation Processes and Intercultural Relations

Journal: Societies Submission deadline: July 31st, 2021

CfP for Special Issue Regarding Current Social Concerns

Journal: Človek a spoločnosť (Individual and Society); Submisson deadline: July 31st, 2021

Primals Research Awards

University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center; Deadline for Letters of Intent: September 26th, 2021

20 years of Dehumanisation: Confronting Social Discourses that treat People like Non-Human Beings

April 28th-30th, 2022 in Tenerife, Spain Submission deadline: October 31st, 2021

EASP sponsored LGBTQI+ ListServ now available

For social psychologists doing research on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression

Grant and Meeting Reports

Pre-registered Research Grant Report by Franziska Ehrke, Carolin Scheifele, & Team

Franziska Ehrke (Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany), Carolin Scheifele (KU Leuven, Belgium), Maria Angels Viladot (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain), Colette van Laar (KU Leuven, Belgium), Melanie C. Steffens (Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany)

EASP Seedcorn Grant Report by Alessandro Gabbiadini¹, Federica Durante¹, Cristina Baldissarri¹ & Luca Andrighetto²

¹University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy; ²University of Genova, Italy

EASP Seedcorn Grant Report by Ercan Şen¹ and Canan Coşkan²

Independent researchers affiliated to the Human Rights Association¹, Turkey and to Bielefeld University², Germany

EASP Seedcorn Grant Report by Julia Sasse

Max-Planck-Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn, Germany; Project: "It Doesn’t Have to Be Action: Anger Expression as Intervention Against Moral Transgressions"

EASP Extra Grant Report by Stefano Pagliaro

University of Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy; Project: Improving Institutional Communication at Time of COVID-19: Antecedents, Processes, and Consequences

Member Publications

Intraregional Migration in Latin America: Psychological Perspectives on Acculturation and Intergroup Relations

Edited by Vanessa Smith-Castro, David Sirlopú, Anja Eller, and Hüseyin Çakal; The American Psychological Association, 2021, 269 Pages; ISBN: 978-1-4338-3380-9

The Art of Presenting: Delivering Successful Presentations in the Social Sciences and Humanities

by Fieke Harinck and Esther van Leeuwen (2020); Cambridge University Press; ISBN: 978-1-107-13907-7 (hardback) / 978-1-316-50431-4 (paperback).

New Members of the Association

The following applications for membership were approved by the Executive Committee in April 2021. Each of the applicants will become a member of the EASP in the category indicated below. Names of members providing letters of support are in the third line of the entry:

Full Membership

Dr. Amena Aamer
London, UK
I.Gleibs, S.Obradovic
Dr. Pierre Bouchat
Metz, France
O. Klein, B. Rimé
Dr. Rosa Cabecinhas
Braga, Portugal
G. Leone, L. Licata
Dr. Tabea Hässler
Zurich, Switzerland
N. Shnabel, J. Ullrich
Dr. Max Hennig
Tübingen, Germany
M. Biella, M. Hütter
Dr. Marina Iosifian
St Andrews, UK
G. Haddock, L. Wolf
Dr. Anna Miglietta
Torino, Italy
M.G. Monaci, C. Volpato
Dr. Alessandra Sacino
Genova, Italy
L. Andrighetto, C. Volpato
Dr. Adrian Stanciu
Mannheim, Germany
C. Cohrs, P. Kotzur
Dr. Arnaud Wisman
Canterbury, UK
E. Igou, C. Sedikides

Postgraduate Membership

Soha Abboud
Brussels, Belgium
O. Klein, L. Licata
Flavio Azevedo
Jena, Germany
Motivation Letter
Stefano Ciaffoni
Bologna, Italy
N. Hansen, S. Moscatelli
Silvia Filippi
Padova, Italy
A. Maass, C. Suitner
Tania Garau
Padova, Italy
L. Carraro, L.Castelli
Vukašin Gligoric
Amsterdam, Netherlands
G. van Kleef, B. Rutjens
Pauline Grippa
Brussels, Belgium
O. Klein, L. Licata
Rosie Harrington
Clermont Ferrand, France
S. Guimond, A. Nugier
Tarela Ike
Middlesbrough, UK
Motivation Letter
Hirotaka Imada
Canterbury, UK
D. Abrams, J. Everett
Feiteng Long
Leiden, Netherlands
D. Scheepers, R. Pliskin
Youri Mora
Brussels, Belgium
O. Klein, L. Licata
Kamila Rogut-Szkudlarek
Barlinek, Poland
Motivation Letter
Saga Svensson
Aberdeen, UK
N. Macrae, D. Ray
Ruri Takizawa
Geneva, Switzerland
V. Iacoviello, C.Kulich
Matilde Tumino
Padova, Italy
L. Carraro, L.Castelli

Grant Awards

The following members have received a grant from the EASP:

  • Farid Anvari (Seedcorn grant)
  • Thekla Morgenroth (Seedcorn grant)
  • Benjamin Buttlar (Seedcorn grant)
  • Emma Henderson (Pre-registered research grant)
  • Yasin Koc (Collaborative research grant)
  • Karl-Andrew Woltin (Seedcorn grant)
  • Julia Schnepf (Seedcorn grant)
  • Lusine Grigoryan (Seedcorn grant)

Executive Committee

Małgorzata Kossowska (Meetings Officer),
Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Ingardena 6, PL‑30‑060 Krakow, Poland

Roland Imhoff (Journals Officer),
Social and Legal Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Binger Str. 14-16, D-55122 Mainz, Germany

Nina Hansen (Treasurer),
Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, University of Groningen, Grote Kruisstraat 2/1, NL‑9712 TS Groningen, Netherlands

Nurit Shnabel (Diversity Officer),
The School of Psychological Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Karen Douglas (Secretary and Membership Officer),
School of Psychology, University of Kent, Cantebury, Kent CT2 7NP, United Kingdom

Monica Rubini (Grants and Membership Officer),
Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, I‑40126 Bologna, Italy

Kai Jonas (President),
Work and Social Psychology, Maastricht University, Universiteitssingel 40, NL‑6229 ER Maastricht, Netherlands

Oladipupo Shobowale (Executive Officer),
Universiteitssingel 40, PO Box 616, NL-6200 MD Maastricht, Netherlands


Executive Officer
Oladipupo Shobowale
Universiteitssingel 40
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
The Netherlands

Karen Douglas
University of Kent
United Kingdom

Media Manager
Tina Keil

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