The Call for the 34th EFPSA Congress Coordinator is now OPEN!

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The European Federation of Psychology Students’ Associations (EFPSA) is pleased to announce the call for the EFPSA Congress 2020 Coordinator and Organising Committee!

The annual EFPSA Congress is the biggest Event of the Federation, which brings together around 350 psychology students from all over Europe for a week of diverse scientific programme, as well as an engaging social programme encouraging cultural exchange. Moreover, the Congress represents an opportunity for the EFPSA Working Community to meet in person and work on its projects and Action Plans, as it represents the start of the EFPSA mandate.

We are currently approaching the 32nd EFPSA Congress, which has been hosted in 24 different countries. This month, psychology students around Europe will gather in Cirkewwa, Malta between the 22nd and 29th of April 2018 for the 32nd EFPSA Congress. During this organisational period that lasts for two years, you will learn the principles and practices of event organising, develop your project management, and your leadership skills. Do not pass up on the opportunity to bring EFPSA to your home country or region by hosting the Congress!

Please read carefully the Procedures for Candidate Organising Committee before sending your application. For more information about the role of the Congress Coordinator, please check out the following Role Description and the General Prerequisites Document. If you have any other comments or questions, feel free to contact the Events Officer at events@efpsa.org

Please send completed application form to the EFPSA Secretary General at applications@efpsa.org before the 16th March 2018 at 23:59 (CET).

Extended Call for Interns

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Attention all Psychology Students looking for internships! The Call for Interns has been extended.

EFPSA is pleased to announce another internship opportunity brought forward by our very own Study & Travel Abroad Service. This Internship is once again in collaboration with Psychosocial Innovation Network in Belgrade, Serbia, an NGO that provides psycho-social support services, research, non-formal education activities and various psychology interventions.

The internship role will consist of provision of psychosocial support and non-formal education for refugees, which will include tasks such as:

– Participating in field activities on different locations
– Assisting in educational and occupational workshops
– Creating and conducting educational and occupational workshops
– Participating in the provision of psychosocial support
– Participating in training and seminars
– Conducting desk research on relevant topics
– Writing essays and monthly reports
– Working with interpreters
– Administrating research questionnaires and collecting data
– Preparing promotional texts and materials

More information about Psychosocial Innovation Network at: www.psychosocialinnovation.net

Information:

Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Duration: 2 months, about 30 hours per week
Start of internship: 1st May 2018

Requirements: Bachelor or Master psychology students; Proficiency in English; Interest in psychosocial support service; Previous experience with working with marginalized groups is preferred; Knowledge of Farsi/Arabic/Spanish language is preferred.

Terms: The internship will be unpaid, and interns would be responsible for covering their living costs including insurance during their internship. It is recommended to apply for funding opportunities such as Erasmus + grants.

Application deadline: 28th February, 23:59 CET

Apply today by filling in this application form and sending your CV (with photo) on internships@efpsa.org. A Skype interview will be conducted with the selected candidates.

Feel free to contact sta@efpsa.org and/or internships@efpsa.org for any questions or queries.

Call for the Board of Management 2018-2019

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The Board of Management 2017-2018 is enthusiastic to be opening the Call for the Board of Management 2018-2019!

All information regarding the purpose, main responsibilities, tasks and requirements for each role within the Board of Management are found within the Role Description Documents. Additionally, you can find a document outlining the collective responsibilities and functions that apply to all the members of the Board of Management together with a General Prerequisites Document that applies to all members of EFPSA’s Working Community.

In order to get further insight into the position and to clear out any queries, individuals interested in applying for the Board of Management are encouraged to contact the person currently holding the position they are interested in. You can find information regarding current Board of Management members and their e-mail addresses here.

Application Procedure

Kindly fill in and send your completed application form along with a copy of your CV and proof of studies to ipp@efpsa.org no later than Sunday 25th February 2018 23:59 (CET). Additional submission details can be found within the application form itself.

Please note that an individual may apply for more than one Board of Management position. The election procedure at the General Assembly will go according to the following order: President, Vice President, Secretary General, Finance Officer, Marketing Officer, Member Representatives Officer and Events Officer. If elected for a position, one’s candidacy for the subsequent position will not be taken into further consideration.

The applications will not be seen prior to the deadline.

If you have questions concerning the application procedure, please contact the Board of Management via secretary@efpsa.org.

Only psychology students or those who graduated from a psychology course no longer than two years ago are eligible for these positions.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications!

Board of Management 2017 – 2018
Clara, Nicola, Mónica, Luc, Tea, Erika & Andreas

Ninth Postcard from the Board of Management 2017-2018

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Things are going into a fast-paced mode as the 32nd EFPSA Congress in Malta is knocking at our doors. With another month over, we are another month closer to the end of the mandate and a lot of hard work is currently underway to make sure that this mandate is truly a success!

Board of Management

Each of the members of the Board of Management are working close to their teams to deal with the ongoing and upcoming tasks. Furthermore, the Board of Management is preparing for the second Board of Management Meeting, which will be held in Slovenia between 22nd and 28th March 2018.

Services & Offices

Junior Researcher Programme
January stood under the sign of the upcoming EFPSA Congress 2018. All six research groups appointed two students, who will present their work at the upcoming Congress in Malta. Apart from that, the planning of the internships for the JRP participants in Greece is shaping up.

 

Study & Travel Abroad
Travel Network managed to make two new partnerships with hostels in Portugal. The team aims to contact as many hostels as possible in a greater attempt to make at least 5 new partnerships before the end of the mandate. The number of hosts in Travel Network Facebook group keeps rising, giving us 6 new hosts in Slovenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Croatia and Sweden. Regarding the Tourist Guide, gathering of information is almost at its end with the database expanding their input for 15 countries. Next step is to include all the pieces of information into the Service’s Tourist Guide that will be posted on its blog.

 

Training Office
Training Office welcomed the new year with a lot of amazing things such as the induction of six new EFPSA Trainers in the Pool! In addition, TO has been working on the upcoming great Events – Train Advanced Trainers and EFPSA Academy (EA). This year’s topic of EFPSA Academy is “Team Work – How to be a better team member”. Soon, the Call for the trainers for the EA will be open and later the Call for participants – you, the volunteers from all around Europe. Moreover, TO has established a cooperation with YNGO Training Network, a new group of trainers from various youth NGOs, which works towards establishing sustainable development of the trainings systems. Last but not least, TO is having a face to face meeting at the beginning of February! They will share with you some insights from their working sessions.

 

Social Impact Initiative
The Mind the Mind Campaign is constantly developing further with around 75 Local Coordinators and more than 1600 volunteers from 26 countries. Most of the volunteers went through their trainings and are already hosting workshops for various age groups, with an emphasis being put on high school students. Various interesting events were organised as a part of the campaign and Zagreb successfully hosted one of them, where a workshop was held in one of the most popular student bars.

 

External Relations Office
The first trip of 2018 took EFPSA to Istanbul, Turkey for the European Medical Students’ Association’s (EMSA) European Week of Ethics where our External Relations Coordinator represented EFPSA and the role of psychologists in end of life care. Meanwhile, preparations for the European Health Students’ Associations Summit (EHSAS) are well underway and we are looking forward to reconvening in Brussels this coming February.

 

Marketing Office
In the beginning of January, Marketing Office announced the winner of EFPSA Lottery who won a free spot to the 32nd EFPSA Congress on Malta. They also announced the winner of EFPSA Day Giveaways who won different EFPSA promotional materials. The rest of the month, they continued to provide EFPSA Working Community with designs, photos and videos. Besides this, they worked on other projects for promoting EFPSA, such as Humans of EFPSA videos which will be finalised soon.

 

Members Office & Member Representatives
The Member Representatives have concluded one of their main tasks – selecting the participants for the EFPSA Congress! After several hours of reading applications, scoring and ranking them, all applicants have already been contacted and we hope to meet you at Congress this coming April.

 

Events Office
The Events Office has been giving it their all to open Calls for participants for the 32nd EFPSA Congress in Malta and the 5th edition of Train Advanced Trainers in Cyprus! A massive amount of applications from hundreds of interested applicants has come to our hands and while dealing with that, the Org.Coms for Junior Researcher Programme Conference 2018, European Summer School 2018 and EFPSA Academy 2018 are doing what they know best to deliver to all the EFPSA enthusiasts high quality events!

We hope you enjoyed reading our updates for the month of January and we look forward to sharing our developments with you next month.

Clara, Nicola, Mónica, Luc, Tea, Erika & Andreas

Board of Management 2017-2018

The Call for Participants for the fifth edition of EFPSA Train Advanced Trainers is now extended!

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Extended Call for Participants for the fifth edition of EFPSA Train Advanced Trainers

We are happy to announce that the call for participants for the fifth edition of EFPSA Train Advanced Trainers (TAT) is now extended until the 22nd of January, 23:59 CET.

TAT 2018 will take place in the beautiful surroundings of Oroklini, Cyprus from 24.03.2018 until 01.04.2018, under the title of ‘The Power of Empathy ~Dealing with Emotions in Training’.

  • Participants: 24 advanced trainers from any youth organisation
  • Dates for participants: 24.03.2018 – 1.04.2018
  • Location: Oroklini, Cyprus
  • Participation fee:
    • €210 for students
    • €250 for professionals (people engaged or qualified in a profession. People enrolled in a PhD programme included)

What is TAT?

EFPSA TAT aims to professionally develop trainers of youth organisations. The core goal of the eight day event is the acquirement of advanced knowledge on a specifically selected content theme as well as networking between young, experienced trainers from different non-governmental organisations. The event is a call for a selection of talented trainers who want to take their personal competences and their profession to a higher level – giving an opportunity to exchange experiences and collaborate on designing evidence-based practices.

One day before the event, there is a (non-obligatory) Open Training Day where all participants and trainers of TAT 2018 are invited to deliver training sessions to local students to promote non-formal education and give something back to the local community.

TAT 2018: “The Power of Empathy ~Dealing with Emotions in Training”

This year the event will revolve around the art and science of how emotions impact learning and how to work and deal with emotions as a trainer, under the title of “The Power of Empathy ~Dealing with Emotions in Training”.

Last year, we dealt with creating impactful trainings during TAT. One of the vital issues that arose was that while you can learn how to create an aesthetically perfect training, impact is also determined by different emotional processes both from trainers and participants. It is assumed that emotions impact learning. Trainers who use empathy and emotions appropriately can support the developmental process of participants. As trainers, we are expected to react in proper ways to different emotional and interactional processes. However, the skills surrounding emotions have not received much attention in advanced trainers’ education. During TAT 2018 we will synthesise the latest research findings, expert opinions and input from experienced trainers into an actionable and evidence-based framework around the following questions:

  • How do emotions affect learning?
  • How can we create an inclusive training environment?
  • How can we deal with emotions and use it to aid participants’ learning?
  • What role to take as a trainer in the group dynamics?
  • Which methods can we use to reach our goals in reflection groups, coaching sessions and personal development sessions?
  • What are the best practices for creating a safe learning space?
  • And many more…!

Who can apply?

The call is open for any young individual who is involved in initiatives, projects or organisations as a trainer or learning facilitator.

Applicants should:

  • Have graduated a Train the Trainers event or equivalent, and have been active in the past years in youth work;
  • Have been active as a trainer locally or internationally and can provide a portfolio of delivered trainings that demonstrates that at least 30 hours of training have been delivered (hours, topics, etc.).
  • Be willing to contribute to the event. For instance by delivering a session on a topic related to Emotions in training during TAT.
  • Be available between the 24th of March and 1st of April.
  • Additionally preferable: Have already started or are interested in pursuing a training career in youth work.
  • Additionally preferable: Be available and willing to deliver at the Open Training Day one day before the event.

How to apply?

In order to apply to this event, we ask you:* To fill in this form until the 22nd of January 2018, 23:59 CET.

* To send us your CV pointing out the TtT you have graduated, all the activities, initiatives, international projects you’ve been involved in within and/or outside your organisation (attach it to the form).

* Provide us with your Training Portfolio at the end of the form (an example for a template of the portfolio can be found here)

Do also take into consideration that, once selected, preparation work will be expected from you before the event and you might be asked to contribute to some follow-up work after the event.

Contact information

For any clarifications and suggestions do not hesitate to contact the TAT Trainers’ Coordinator, Astrid van der Gun, on tatapplications@efpsa.org or astridvdgun@hotmail.com.

The Call for Participants for the fifth edition of EFPSA Train Advanced Trainers is now open!

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Call for Participants for the fifth edition of EFPSA Train Advanced Trainers

We are happy to announce that the call for participants for the fifth edition of EFPSA Train Advanced Trainers (TAT) is now open until the 19th of January, 23:59 CET.

TAT 2018 will take place in the beautiful surroundings of Oroklini, Cyprus from 24.03.2018 until 01.04.2018, under the title of ‘The Power of Empathy ~Dealing with Emotions in Training’.

  • Participants: 24 advanced trainers from any youth organisation
  • Dates for participants: 24.03.2018 – 1.04.2018
  • Location: Oroklini, Cyprus
  • Participation fee:
    • €210 for students
    • €250 for professionals (people engaged or qualified in a profession. People enrolled in a PhD programme included)

What is TAT?

EFPSA TAT aims to professionally develop trainers of youth organisations. The core goal of the eight day event is the acquirement of advanced knowledge on a specifically selected content theme as well as networking between young, experienced trainers from different non-governmental organisations. The event is a call for a selection of talented trainers who want to take their personal competences and their profession to a higher level – giving an opportunity to exchange experiences and collaborate on designing evidence-based practices.

One day before the event, there is a (non-obligatory) Open Training Day where all participants and trainers of TAT 2018 are invited to deliver training sessions to local students to promote non-formal education and give something back to the local community.

TAT 2018: “The Power of Empathy ~Dealing with Emotions in Training”

This year the event will revolve around the art and science of how emotions impact learning and how to work and deal with emotions as a trainer, under the title of “The Power of Empathy ~Dealing with Emotions in Training”.

Last year, we dealt with creating impactful trainings during TAT. One of the vital issues that arose was that while you can learn how to create an aesthetically perfect training, impact is also determined by different emotional processes both from trainers and participants. It is assumed that emotions impact learning. Trainers who use empathy and emotions appropriately can support the developmental process of participants. As trainers, we are expected to react in proper ways to different emotional and interactional processes. However, the skills surrounding emotions have not received much attention in advanced trainers’ education. During TAT 2018 we will synthesise the latest research findings, expert opinions and input from experienced trainers into an actionable and evidence-based framework around the following questions:

  • How do emotions affect learning?
  • How can we create an inclusive training environment?
  • How can we deal with emotions and use it to aid participants’ learning?
  • What role to take as a trainer in the group dynamics?
  • Which methods can we use to reach our goals in reflection groups, coaching sessions and personal development sessions?
  • What are the best practices for creating a safe learning space?
  • And many more…!

Who can apply?

The call is open for any young individual who is involved in initiatives, projects or organisations as a trainer or learning facilitator.

Applicants should:

  • Have graduated a Train the Trainers event or equivalent, and have been active in the past years in youth work;
  • Have been active as a trainer locally or internationally and can provide a portfolio of delivered trainings that demonstrates that at least 30 hours of training have been delivered (hours, topics, etc.).
  • Be willing to contribute to the event. For instance by delivering a session on a topic related to Emotions in training during TAT.
  • Be available between the 24th of March and 1st of April.
  • Additionally preferable: Have already started or are interested in pursuing a training career in youth work.
  • Additionally preferable: Be available and willing to deliver at the Open Training Day one day before the event.

How to apply?

In order to apply to this event, we ask you:

* To fill in this form until the 19th January 2018, 23:59 CET.

* To send us your CV pointing out the TtT you have graduated, all the activities, initiatives, international projects you’ve been involved in within and/or outside your organisation (attach it to the form).

* Provide us with your Training Portfolio at the end of the form (an example for a template of the portfolio can be found here)

Do also take into consideration that, once selected, preparation work will be expected from you before the event and you might be asked to contribute to some follow-up work after the event.

Contact information

For any clarifications and suggestions do not hesitate to contact the TAT Trainers’ Coordinator, Astrid van der Gun, on tatapplications@efpsa.org or astridvdgun@hotmail.com.  

Eighth Postcard from the Board of Management 2017-2018

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Amongst many festivities and events, another month has flown by, ending the year on even more accomplishments for the humans of EFPSA. December is known for being the month of sharing and caring for each other, and we did the same for our beloved Federation through EFPSA Day at the beginning of this month with 26 local events sharing our energy, enthusiasm and useful information with many participants!

Board of Management
The month started with the e-voting where proceedings from the Joint Executive Board & Member Representatives Meeting were voted upon by the Member Representatives. We would like to welcome the EFPSA Academy 2018 Coordinator and Joint Executive Board & Member Representatives Meeting 2018 Coordinators into the Working Community and we wish them a very successful mandate.

Services & Offices

Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS)
The (JEPS) Team are happy to share a paper published in the Journal by Erika Mårtensson (Sweden). The literature review covers an interesting topic of moral judgement and how our perception modulates it. Check it out here. Our Vice President conducted an interview with Prof. Dorthe Berntsen – a pioneer in the field of autobiographical memory research andthe director of CON AMORE – during this year’s European Congress of Psychology in Amsterdam. Finally, the Service is continually working on different submissions to the Journal as well as upcoming projects.

Junior Researcher Programme (JRP)
December started pretty excitingly for the JRP Team who met in Tallinn to discuss aspects of the next European Summer School 2018 in the Netherlands and the JRP Conference 2018 in Athens. The six research groups achieved a lot and the research designs are taking shape with some teams planning their own in-person meetings, one team winning a grant and collaborations being formed. We also had the pleasure to share Patrick Smela’s experience at the last JRP Conference which you can check out here.

Training Office (TO)
December was a very nice month for the TO who opened the Call for the Trainers Team and are making preparations for the Call for the participants, which will open shortly. They are also working on EFPSA Academy 2018 – an Event just for volunteers from European NGOs. This year EFPSA Academy will focus on the topic of Teamwork – if you wish to gain various knowledge and skills on how to be a better team member, understand team dynamics and how teams works follow us on Facebook to stay updated. Additionally, the Call for Trainers Candidates to become EFPSA Trainers has been opened! Last but not least TO is expanding by establishing new collaborations with external NGOs, while also digging deeper in its history – soon all the magic behind EFPSA Trainings will be collected and presented to you – stay tuned.

EFPSA Office
EFPSA Office has continued its maintenance work of fixing e-mail addresses, uploading content on the website while also reviewing content produced by EFPSA. The EFPSA Day Internal Newsletter – Special Edition and the 2nd External Newsletter are being prepared and the Office is very excited with the new ideas to dynamise the Working Community Facebook Group in the upcoming weeks.

Finance Office
The end of the year has been a jam packed month for the Finance Office who have been tirelessly working on successfully submitting an application for the three-year funding from EACEA. Ending the year on a positive note, we are keen to share that we have been awarded funding from EYF for the Train Advanced Trainers, Train the Trainers, Better Together and EFPSA Academy. Meanwhile, a review and finalisation of the budget and finances during this month wrapped up the year while the Partnerships Team worked on the Partnership Portfolio and establishing connections with more partners.

Marketing Office
The Marketing Office successfully coordinated the organisation of EFPSA Day 2017 in 20 countries with more than 200 participants. Currently they are preparing to announce the winners of EFPSA Lottery (free spot to the EFPSA Congress 2018 in Malta) and the winners of the EFPSA Day Giveaways. There are preparations for the next generation of Humans of EFPSA.

Members Office & Member Representatives
The Members Office has been busy strengthening connection with new Observer Organisations, while also working on some internal projects. Member Representatives voted in the December’s E-voting and are currently working together as a team on a project that will help Member Organisations.

Alumni Board
The Alumni Board 2017 – 2019 have come together and have started working towards exciting advancements in the world of EFPSA Alumni! We are looking forward to sharing more with you in the near future.

Calls
EFPSA is pleased to announce a third internship opportunity brought forward by the Study & Travel Abroad. This Internship is in collaboration with Psychosocial Innovation Network in Belgrade, Serbia, an NGO that provides psychosocial support services, research, non-formal education activities and various psychological interventions. Have a look at the Call here and apply today!

We hope you enjoyed reading our updates and we look forward to sharing our developments with you with the first BM Postcard of 2018! We hope you are enjoying the holidays and we wish you a fantastic New Year!

With festive regards,

Clara, Nicola, Mónica, Luc, Tea, Erika & Andreas
Board of Management 2017-2018

Extended Call for Interns

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Attention all those looking for internships! The Call has been extended!

EFPSA is pleased to announce a third internship opportunity brought forward by our very own Study & Travel Abroad Service. This Internship is in collaboration with Psychosocial Innovation Network in Belgrade, Serbia, an NGO that provides psychosocial support services, research, non-formal education activities and various psychology interventions.

The internship role will consist of provision of psychosocial support and non-formal education for refugees, which will include tasks such as:

– Participating in field activities in Belgrade, Tutin and Sjenica
– Assisting in educational and occupational workshops
– Creating and conducting educational and occupational workshops
– Participating in the provision of psychosocial support
– Participating in training and seminars
– Conducting desk research on relevant topics
– Writing essays and monthly reports
– Working with interpreters
– Administrating research questionnaires and collecting data
– Preparing promotional texts and materials

Information:

Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Duration:1-3 months, about 30 hours per week
Start of internship: around 15th February 2018

Requirements: Bachelor or Master psychology students; students who graduated within the past 2 years are also eligible; Fluent English; Interest in psychosocial support service; Previous experience with working with marginalized groups is preferred, Knowledge of Farsi language is preferred.

Terms: The internship will be unpaid, and interns would be responsible for covering their living costs including insurance during their internship. It is recommended to apply for funding opportunities such as Erasmus + grants.

Application deadline: 7th January 2017, 23:59 CET

Apply today by filling in this application form and sending your CV ( with photo) on internships@efpsa.org. A Skype interview will be conducted with the selected candidates.

Feel free to contact sta@efpsa.org and/or internships@efpsa.org for any questions or queries.

Call for Trainers for EFPSA Train Advanced Trainers 2018

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# Event: EFPSA Train Advanced Trainers 2018: The Power of Empathy
# Time & place: 24.03.2018 – 01.04.2018 in Oroklini, Cyprus
# Dates for trainers: 21.03.2018 – 02.04.2018
# Application: Submit your application until 20.12.2017, 23:59 CET

Dear Trainers,

The European Federation of Psychology Students’ Associations (EFPSA) proudly presents the Call for the Trainers’ Team for the fifth edition of the Train Advanced Trainers (TAT). TAT 2018 will take place from 24.03.2018 to 01.04.2018 on the beautiful island of Cyprus following the theme ‘The Power of Empathy – Dealing with Emotions in Training’. We are now looking for 4-5 experienced trainers who are ready to create an outstanding learning experience for 24 participating advanced trainers.

Hard facts:

  • Trainers team: 4 experienced trainers and 1 trainers’ coordinator
  • Dates for trainers: 21.03.2018 – 02.04.2018
  • Dates for participants: 24.03.2018 – 01.04.2018
  • Accommodation & catering will be provided for the duration of the event.
  • Travel reimbursement: we aim for a total of €500 travel reimbursement to be divided over trainers, but more clarity on this will follow
  • Participants: 24 advanced trainers from any European Youth Organisation

Detailed information and the Call for trainers can be found here. For any clarifications and suggestions on this call or the content of the event, do not hesitate to contact the TAT Trainers’ Coordinator, Astrid van der Gun, on astridvdgun@hotmail.com. For any clarifications and suggestions on organisational and logistical matters, contact the EFPSA Training Expansion Responsible, Valentina Bezzina, on trainingexpansion@efpsa.org.

We are looking forward to get to know you and your vision of TAT 2018 and wish you the best of luck with your application.

EFPSA Junior Researcher Programme Conference 2017 – Experience Story

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The EFPSA Junior Researcher Conference 2017 took place between 1st and 4th August 2017, on the campus of the Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. The Conference has been taking place annually since 2012 and is hosted by the European Federation of Psychology Students‘ Associations (EFPSA)

 

The Conference included multiple goals.

Firstly, the Conference marks the end of the year-long EFPSA Junior Researcher Programme. The Junior Researcher Programme is a project founded by EFPSA to give students the opportunity to start their own research projects. It begins with the EFPSA European Summer School in which around 35 students from across Europe start to work out their own research study in small groups, under the guidance of a Supervisor. The groups then move on to the Junior Researcher Programme to work on their researches for 12 months. At the end of the year the students present the findings of their projects at the Junior Researcher Programme Conference. The groups of this year’s JRP presented research on various topics under the theme of Cognition and Behaviour.

Secondly, for this year’s Conference, psychology students from across Europe had the opportunity to attend the Conference and were free to present their own research – Bachelor and Master Theses were very welcome too.

Furthermore, in addition to the student presentations there was room for presentations from local researchers. This year, researchers from the universities of Dublin and Limerick presented some of their research.

The Conference itself also had a general theme that the scientific programme revolves around.

This year’s theme was “Education and Development“. Talks about social initiatives in Ireland, such as social facilities for individuals with autism were also part of the programme. There were also discussions regarding the inclusion of environmental variables into psychological research and the inclusion of qualitative data into quantitative research.

The Academic Programme Manager of Microsoft Ireland, Stephen Howell, presented his motion controlled open source software with which psychological experiments and motion based games for physical exercises have been programmed in the past. Lastly, there were a number of workshops on different topics – from systematic literature reviews to music therapy and experimental learning.

In addition to a rich scientific programme, EFPSA Events are always lively as a result of the active community that is built through the numerous social events that take place. There is a great emphasis on getting to know students from other European countries and to experience the local culture. Therefore, there was also a great social programme in Dublin with board-game nights, a cultural evening (in which all attendees bring specialities from their countries), an excursion day to the Irish coast and of course a gala night on the last evening.

The Junior Researcher Conference provides great opportunities for participants to experience their first scientific Conference and present their own research, while getting to know psychology students from across Europe and to talk about how psychology is practiced in other countries as well.

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Patrick Smela is a student from the University of Vienna since 2014. Besides studying he is currently working as an assistant at the Department of Psychological Basic Research and Research Methods. He also has a history with EFPSA being the former Member Representative of Austria for the 2016/17 term. He participated in the EFPSA European Summer School in 2017 and is looking to present the results with his group at the EFPSA JRP Conference 2018.