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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Call for Organizing the 2020 EASP General Meeting

05.11.2017, by Sibylle Classen in announcement

Applications are welcome as soon possible but in any case until February 15, 2018

The Executive Committee calls for offers to organize and host the next General Meeting in three years time (2020). We are particularly interested in offers form countries (and parts of Europe more generally) that have not staged our most important meeting before. However the most important concern is to host a successful meeting so offers from members of the Association form all parts of Europe are very welcome and will be given full consideration at our next committee meeting.

We expect at least 1200 people and will therefore need the necessary accommodation capacity (hotels, hostels, youth hostels etc., bear in mind that demand as well as prices may also be high in the months we typically hold the meeting), and a conference venue (university or conference center) with one big room of about 800 seats and at least 10 rooms for between 40 and 200 people. Access to buildings for people with disability should be warranted. The conference is typically held sometime in between late June and mid July or August but flexibility is also possible here (e.g., the meeting was once held in April).

These are the basic requirements but it is also important not to underestimate the work involved in planning and hosting event of this magnitude. Although some of the more mundane tasks (e.g. hotel reservations and registration) can be devolved to a professional conference organizing company, the executive committee considers it essential for the host organizers to take the initiative in organizing other aspects of the conference. Experience has shown that this is important not only to keep costs down but also to stamp the identity of the organizing team on the conference. Although the task can seem onerous, the executive committee is of course willing to help in any way it can, particularly in terms of advice and experience derived from previous organizers. A program committee will be responsible for the scientific program but this will also include representation of the local organizers. Despite the work involved, the benefits can also be enormous, not only in terms of gratitude from the EASP community, but more importantly in terms of raising the profile of the social psychology in the university, region and country of the host organizers, and stimulating social psychology in this area.

Deadline: Please send your application (use the templates provided here) detailing the administrative, technical, and financial feasibility of your offer in line with the requirements outlined above including information about the facilities to our Executive Officer Sibylle Classen as soon as possible but in any case by February 15, 2018. If you have specific questions, please contact the Meetings Officer Jean-Claude Croizet.