History

EFPSA was founded in April 1987, when students from the University of Lisbon (Portugal) invited psychology students from all over Europe to a meeting. This was a very momentous occasion, where psychology students from eight European countries formed the European Federation of Psychology Students’ Associations.

The basic outlines of this Federation were transformed into formal statutes during the second meeting in Liege (Belgium) in April 1988. At the same time, the first long term project of EFPSA, the EUROPSYCHO-Database on education and exchange, began. In January 1989, EFPSA was registered as an international association according to the Belgian law. During the third General Assembly in April 1989 in Lund (Sweden) the federation developed its structure and started to fill this structure with contents. Also in 1989, the first meeting of the Executive Board (EB) was held in between two annual congresses and took place in Berlin. This ensured more continuous work during the whole year and better preparation of the General Assembly.

The collaboration with the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) started in July 1991 in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Since 2001, EFPSA has been an affiliate member of EFPA.

After EFPSA’s participation in the first European student conference (which brought together approximately 500 students from a number of disciplines) in Liege (Belgium) in November 1990 a lot of new contacts were made, especially with Eastern European countries. During the fifth General Assembly in April 1991 in Geneva (Switzerland) EFPSA grew to 11 members, and the first delegation from Eastern Europe was welcomed.

In this year the idea of permanent working groups (called ‘Task Forces’) came up to enable more efficient work on projects such as Europsycho, Erasmus, the European journal Psyscriptum, participation in conferences, educational matters etc. Over the next five annual congresses, held in Bergen, Norway (1992), Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1993), Lancaster, UK (1994), Pula, Croatia (1995) and Jyväskylä, Finland (1996), EFPSA developed further. As well as the annual congresses, several other events such as summer schools and seminars (e.g. Portugal, Croatia, Germany) became a part of EFPSA’s activities.

Since its foundation, EFPSA has grown to be a large European organisation with numerous European-wide events successfully organised. This year, we had our 30th annual congress which gathered more than 300 European psychology students from more than 30 different countries and regions.

The first EFPSA congress happened in Portugal and we celebrated our 30th anniversary back in the city of Lisbon where it all started. Below is a list of where each annual congress has taken place over the last 30 years:

EFPSA Congress History

  • 1987 Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1988 Liege, Belgium
  • 1989 Lund, Sweden
  • 1990 Lyon, France
  • 1991 Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1992 Bergen, Norway
  • 1993 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1994 Lancaster, UK
  • 1995 Pula, Croatia
  • 1996 Jyväskylä, Finland
  • 1997 Jurmala, Latvia
  • 1998 Skofja Loka, Slovenia
  • 1999 Troia, Portugal
  • 2000 Jäneda, Estonia
  • 2001 Budapest, Hungary
  • 2002 Avanos, Turkey
  • 2003 Porto, Portugal
  • 2004 Kopaonik, Serbia & Montenegro
  • 2005 Madrid, Spain
  • 2006 Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic
  • 2007 Turku, Finland
  • 2008 Tuščiaulių village, Lithuania
  • 2009 Alteiningen, Germany
  • 2010 Barloo, The Netherlands
  • 2011 Borowice, Poland
  • 2012 Lolland, Denmark
  • 2013 Izmir, Turkey
  • 2014 Baile Felix, Romania
  • 2015 Srní, Czech Republic
  • 2016 Vimeiro, Portugal

Future Congresses:

  • 2017 Azerbaijan
  • 2018 Malta