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Keynote speakers announced for the 2016 PSI Annual Conference



This year's PSI Conference, Who are we: where have we come from and where are we going?, is to be based around identity - a theme which will be evident throughout the presentations from this year's keynote speakers.

The Conference, which runs from 9th - 12th of November, at the Sheraton Athlone Hotel, will celebrate 46 years of the PSI and the Annual Conference Committee is delighted to introduce Professor Ian Robertson, Professor Peter Saville and Professor Wendy Hollway as the keynote speakers for the Society's flagship event.

Professor Peter Saville will present “There is nothing absolute about this identity of mine" - Identity and self report on Thursday 10th. Professor Saville has a mixed identity in psychology as practitioner, academic and entrepreneur. He founded SHL in 1977, employing 300 psychologists, taking SHL to floatation on the London Stock Exchange in 1997 valued at £240 million. He founded Saville Consulting in 2004, bought by Towers Watson in 2015 for £45 million. Professor Saville developed the OPQ, the first commercially available Big 5 measures and the Saville Consulting Wave Questionnaires. Professor of Psychology, Queens Belfast and Kingston Universities, he has worked for the Irish Department of Education and the Irish Management Institute. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Chartered Scientist, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Kingston University in 2016. Peter, with over 200 publications has spoken in 60 countries. Peter is Chair of Lentum and 10X Psychology, two new start-up businesses. 

Professor Ian Robertson will present The Benefits of Stress on Friday 11th. Professor Robertson holds the Chair in Psychology at Trinity College and was the founding director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN). He is Co-Director of the AP-funded Global Brain Health Institute and has visiting professorships in University College London, University of Bangor and at the Rotman Research Institute, University of Toronto. Professor Robertson’s own research on the human brain’s attention systems has led to a number of entirely new ways of measuring how humans pay – or fail to pay – attention and he has extended this research to the development of new therapeutic methods which have resulted in improved cognitive function in aging and other populations. In 2014 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for Psychological Science in recognition of his “sustained and outstanding distinguished contributions to psychological science”. He was the first psychologist to be appointed a member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Professor Wendy Hollway will present The importance of methods for researching identity on Saturday 12th. Professor Holloway is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the Open University, Honorary Fellow of the BPS and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Her ongoing activities, including methodology workshops and external examining, revolve around psychoanalytically informed psycho-social methodology. Typically these are applied to researching aspects of identity in transition or faced with change, where they aim to access parts of identity that are hard to think or reach and thus can deepen, multiply and complexify qualitative research concerning subjectivity. Professor Holloway's research interests extend from methodology to substantive themes of subjectivity, gender, sexuality, care and history of psychology.

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