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The 11th European Conference on Community Psychology Oslo, Norway - 3-4 June 2021

The European Conference on Community Psychology (ECCP) will be arranged by the European Community Psychology Association (ECPA) in collaboration with the Norwegian Psychological Association (NPA), The European Federation of Psychology Associations (EFPA) and partners. The conference will be held in Oslo, Norway, from 3rd- 4th June 2021, with a pre-conference workshop on the 2nd June. With this call we are inviting researchers, practitioners, students, activists, writers and scholars in Community Psychology, to present their work under the conference title:

What can Community Psychology do for Europe and beyond? - Social capital, competencies, values and critical visions for future communities.

the venue

The Red Cross Conference Center in Oslo is a former industrial site, located right at the Oslo city center, close to the railway station and buses. The warm atmosphere in these old brick buildings reminds us of the past, and inspires for future possibilities. The «Dugnad spirit» is part of the volunteer movement in Scandinavian countries, and the Red Cross has first-hand experience from street level being one of the longest running NGO’s in Europe. 

The Red Cross is a humanitarian organization committed to the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and a guardian of the Geneva Conventions, building on UN’s principles of Human Rights.

Context of the conference

The European Conference of Community Psychology has a long tradition of gathering colleagues from all corners of the world, to share different perspectives on contemporary problems. The lessons learned from the pandemic are about to be evaluated and transformed into new ways of coping with the crisis and preventing the causes behind it.

More important than ever, we need to rethink normality, and find ways to transform communities to foster well being for all. How can we stay connected, and feel safe at the same time? In Oslo we are committed to ensure people health and safety and will provide physical and virtual meeting places to meet these basic needs.

Thematic tracks

Sense of Community, Participation and Inclusion, Competencies and training, Community resilience, Environmental engagement for climate action, Building trust and solidarity, Community memory and regeneration, Transforming communities and social change, Partnerships for community development, Migration, Social justice and gender equality.

The pre-conference workshop will focus on communities’ experiences in coping with the Covid-19 pandemic, chaired by Prof. Wolfgang Stark.

Aims of the conference

We aim to promote and exchange Community Psychology among scholars, students, activists, volunteers and policy makers, and to create room for professional, social and cultural meetings. We have ambitions to present a diverse and relevant conference addressing the most urgent issues of our time. The activities should reflect Community Psychology core values and competencies. Community Psychology has over the past 25 years oriented itself towards a systemic view of social and psychological problems. By

integrating individual, group, community and societal levels of analysis, we aim to develop a value based psychology addressing the most urgent issues of our time.

Key note speakers

Proposals for key note speakers are currently being evaluated and invited. If you have proposals for candidates, please contact the organizing committee. Proposed Key note topics; “Peace psychology – ten years after the Utøya terror” and “Psychology for climate action as environmental engagement”.

Call for papers

The conference will include poster and parallel sessions, online lectures and webinars. We also welcome submissions of film documentaries and proposals for new formats that enhance dialogue, interaction and critical reflection. The conference will be characterized by contributions in the form of oral communications, round tables, symposia, innovative sessions and cultural events. The program and sessions might be subject to changes.

Registration

Prices for participation

  • Workshop June 2nd - EUR 100 (student price: EUR 50)
  • Conference day June 3rd - EUR 100 (student price: EUR 50)
  • Conference day June 4th - EUR 100 (student price: EUR 50)
  • Total conference - EUR 250 (student price: EUR 125)

Signing up and payment for the conference will not be open before 15th of January. If you want, in order to save a seat for the conference, you may sign up already by using the link below. Payment will not be due until after 15th of January.

Organizing committee

National organizing committee

  • Jonas Vaag, Norwegian Psychological Association, NPA
  • Ingvild Stjernen Tislov, NPA
  • Mona Cecilie Nielsen, NPA
  • Ole Tunold, NPA board
  • Kjersti Hildonen, Community Psychology section, NPA

International Scientific Committee

  • Cinzia Albanesi (Italy), ECPA president
  • Maria Vargas Moniz (Portugal), ECPA past president
  • Wolfgang Stark (Germany), EFPA SC liason to Ecpa
  • Nicholas Carr (Norway), EFPA SC of Community Psychology
  • Fortuna Procentese (Italy), ECPA board
  • Martina Barankova (Slovakia), ECPA board
  • Anna Bokszczanin (Poland), ECPA board
  • Francesca Esposito (Italy), ECPA board
  • Maria Fernandes-Jesus (Portugal), ECPA board