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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

RKTS Grant Report by Iris Žeželj and Saša Drače

10.10.2017, by Sibylle Classen in grant report

Bilateral Workshop: Connecting the Social Psychology Labs at the University of Sarajevo and the University of Belgrade, March 17-19, 2017

Impressions from the RKTS Workshop, Belgrade in total, 3 pictures
Impressions from the RKTS Workshop, Belgrade

Organizers: Dr Iris Žeželj (University of Belgrade, Serbia), Dr Saša Drače (University of Sarajevo, BiH); Cooperation partner: Dr Johannes Keller (Ulm University, Germany)

The purpose of the workshop was to provide young scientists at the Universities of Belgrade and Sarajevo with the opportunity to meet colleagues of the respective neighbouring country in a context where they also have the chance to learn about “hot topics”, theoretical paradigms and innovative methodological approaches not only from senior colleagues working in the neighbouring country, but also from colleagues working in several other European countries. A total of 46 researchers attended, out of which 34 were early career researchers.

The workshop lasted for three days, and the schedule was divided into three slots: In the first, the lecturers from Serbia, BiH, Germany, Netherlands and Austria presented the state of the art in their fields and their own work; it was followed by “hands on sessions” in which the participants were able to interactively learn about different research techniques – from psychophysiological measurements (Impedance cardiography), daily diaries (Day reconstruction method), free platform for online surveys (Unipark), to longitudinal research organization and data management (GESIS panel); final sessions were devoted to direct consultations with senior lecturers.

Thus, young scholars were introduced to a variety of topics which they made use of differently, depending on their career stage. Some of them already collaborated with some guests so they took the opportunity to write up the papers or consult on analysis. Majority, however, established important connections to scholars in their own area and started learning valuable practical skills regarding data collection, management and analysis. For the youngest scholars, this was an opportunity to choose a topic for further research and get a brief introduction to seminal research in the area. A few research collaborations were initiated; a mailing list was set as to foster further communication between the attendees; lecturers made themselves available for Skype consultations after the workshop; all resources (readings, power point presentations, open databases) were shared online.

This was a unique opportunity for emerging Serbian and Bosniak social psychologists to have direct contact between them, as well as to have direct contact with leading European scholars. On the other side, their own work was made visible through direct consultations with senior colleagues and they got valuable feedback from them.


  • Agostino Mazziotta (Fernuniversität Hagen)
  • Arnd Florack (University of Vienna)
  • Claudia Sassenrath (Ulm University)
  • Daan Scheepers (University of Leiden)
  • Goran Knežević (University of Belgrade)
  • Iris Žeželj (University of Belgrade)
  • Johannes Keller (Ulm University)
  • Ljiljana Lazarević (University of Belgrade)
  • Michael Berger (Ulm University)
  • Michael Bosnjak (Leibnitz Institute for Social Sciences, Mannheim)
  • Michael Wagner (Ulm University)
  • Rebekka Kesberg (Ulm University)
  • Robert Böhm (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
  • Saša Drače (University of Sarajevo)
  • Stefan Pfattheicher (Ulm University)
  • Svenja Diefenbacher (Ulm University)

Schedule for the 3-day workshop

Friday March 17, 2017:

09:30 Johannes Keller (Ulm University): Regulatory Focus Theory
10:15 Goran Knežević (University of Belgrade): Amoralism
11:00 Stefan Pfattheicher (Ulm University): Dark personality traits
12:00-13:30 Lunch break
13:30 Ljiljana Lazarević (University of Belgrade): The “many labs” initiative
14:15 Iris Zezelj (University of Belgrade): The new framework for research: How to foster replicability and cummulative science
15:00 Daan Scheepers (University of Leiden, NL): Impedance cardiography
16:00-18:00 Time for consultation meetings and Skills training – Hands on session, Impedance cardiography: The tricky details of ICG data handling (Michael Wagner, Ulm University)

Saturday March 18, 2017:

09:30 Rebekka Kesberg (Ulm University): The day reconstruction method
10:15 Svenja Diefenbacher (Ulm University): Applied social psychology: The case of hand hygiene in clinical settings
11:00 Michael Bosnjak (Leibnitz Institute for Social Sciences, Mannheim, Germany): The GESIS Panel
12:00-13:30 Lunch break
13:30 Ljiljana Lazarević (University of Belgrade): Implicit measures
14:15 Arnd Florack (University of Vienna): Applied social psychology: The case of consumer psychology
15:00 Agostino Mazziotta (Fernuniversität Hagen, Germany): The conduct of field)experiments with a strong focus on the application of social psychological insights
15:45-16:30 Coffe break
16:30 Robert Böhm (RWTH Aachen, Germany): Behavioral economics
17:15 Sasa Drace (University of Sarajevo): Compensatory control, system justification and political behavior
17:15-18:30 Time for consultation meetings

Sunday March 19, 2017:

09:30 Iris Zezelj (University of Belgrade): Social identities in post-conflict settings: Results of a four country project on social identity complexity (
10:15 Claudia Sassenrath (Ulm University): Current trends in empathy research
11:00 Goran Knežević (University of Belgrade): Ant colony optimization
11:45-13:00 Skills training – Hands on session, Online surveys and experiments – The Unipark software (Michael Berger, Ulm University) and time for consultation meetings