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MONTHLY BULLETIN (vol 4 no 8: August 2012)

The IUPsyS Monthly Bulletin is for IUPsyS National Members, Affiliates, and related organizations, and their members. It provides brief updates on the work of the Union and related regional and international matters.

This Bulletin and previous issues are available at:

This issue of the Monthly Bulletin focuses on the Union’s recent activities in Cape Town on the occasion of ICP2012.

1. IUPsyS 2012 Assembly votes in President, Vice-President and Executive Committee members

The new IUPsyS President is Saths Cooper (South Africa) and the new of Vice-President is Tor Levin Hofgaard (Norway). The previous President, Rainer K Silbereisen, will continue to serve as an Officer in the role of Past-President. A new Executive Committee was voted in, with six new members and four continuing in from the 2008-2102 Executive Committee. Details can be seen from the Assembly page at:

2. Appointment of new IUPsyS Officers

The Assembly ratified the appoint of Ann Watts (South Africa) as the new Secretary-General of the Union, the continued appointment of Michel Sabourin (Canada) as Treasurer until 2014 and the appointment of a Treasurer Designate, Jean-Pierre Blondin (Canada). The Assembly expressed its thanks to the departing Officers, Pierre Ritchie, who has served as Secretary-General since 1996, Bruce Overmier, who has served in a variety of roles including President since 1992, and Kan Zhang, Vice-President 2008-2012 and previously a member of the EC. Details of the current Officers may be seen from:

3. Appointment of Honorary Life Members of the EC

The Executive Committee voted unanimously to appoint Pierre Ritchie and Bruce Overmier as Honorary Life Members of the Executive Committee.

4. New National Members and Affiliates of the Union

Nine countries were admitted as National Members by unanimous vote of the Assembly: Botswana, Brazil, Cyprus, Grenada, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago. In addition, two new Affiliates were admitted: the International Association for the Psychology of Religion; International School Psychology Association. For details, see:

5. Other decisions made by the Assembly: Strategic Plan, Statute changes & ICP2020 venue

The Assembly adopted a new Strategic Plan for the Union for the period 2012-2016, various changes to the Statutes and Rules of Procedure of approval of the proposal to hold ICP2020 in Prague, Czech Republic. For details, see:

6. IUPsyS Award winners announced

The IUPsyS has announced the winners of its sponsored awards, which were presented over the course of ICP 2012, in Cape Town. There were five awards: the Mattei Dogan Prize, two Young Investigator Awards, Achievement Against the Odds Award, and Lifetime Career Award. Details of the awards and the award winners may be seen at:

7. International Congresses of Psychology:
ICP 2012 concludes with great success, and First Announcement for ICP2016

ICP2012 was held in Cape Town, South Africa, 22-27 July 2012. The Congress attracted around 6000 delegates from 103 countries, and included 133 invited addresses from all parts of the World. Keep an eye on the ICP2012 website for updates and information on publications. The first announcement for ICP2016, to be held in Yokohama, Japan, has been issued: the theme of the Congress is Diversity in Harmony: Insights from Psychology. See the ICP2016 website for details.

8. Advanced Research Training Seminars (ARTS2012) held in Stellenbosch

Forty-four young psychologists from 25 countries attended three training seminars held 16-19 July. ARTS provide training opportunities for scholars from low-income countries and promotes attendance at the international congresses of its sponsoring organizations. The seminars are organized jointly by the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) and the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS). A report will be available on the ARTS website in due course:

All National Members, Affiliates and Liaisons of IUPsyS are encouraged to circulate this and future Monthly Bulletins to relevant groups, such as members of committees or their national membership.

If you have comments about the Bulletin or suggestions for items to include in future editions, or if you wish to add names to the IUPsyS email list for the Bulletin and Newsletter, please contact the IUPsyS Executive Officer, Dr Nick Hammond, email
Dr Nick Hammond, Executive Officer
International Union of Psychological Science
Tel: +44 (0)208 1448627
Mob: +44 (0)7540 137070
Fax: +44 (0)1347 878416

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