second call for abstracts The european conference on community psychology

The organizers of the 11th Eccp welcome the submissions of abstracts for original contributions to the field in the following thematic areas:

  • 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
  • Migrant justice
  • Social justice and gender equality

The pre-conference workshop will focus on communities' experiences in coping with the Covid-19 pandemic. The chair Prof. Wolfgang Stark will announce the format with an invitation on the website below

Introduction to presentation formats

Based on our experiences with traditional academic conference formats, and ongoing discussions between events, we aim to expand and loosen up the formats. There is a need for change, as the common formats no longer ft to the ideas of community psychology. Now is the time to search for new formats. The UK «Community Psychology Festivals» may be one example, «Unconferences», World Cafes, Think Tanks and Community Camps, are others. Community Psychologists wish to collaborate with other disciplines and activists to enhance our ability to prove our skills as psychologists working for community change. As agents of change we are linking disciplines and competencies to transform and strengthen communities. Some of the proposed formats will connect attendees to local projects and the political environment of the city. Others will emphasize an artistic value for presenting and promoting Community Psychology.

We have invited students from our major Universities to present their ongoing projects and theses (dissertations), and we will facilitate meetings for feedback on their work. Students will also be present during the conference days as volunteers. The international network «Students without borders» will be present and organize a special event. In order to include user groups that are rarely represented in academic fora, we have invited their representatives to join the conference. Volunteer Public health workers and NGO's will present their work in posters and exhibitions.

The organizers are planning for City Walks with attendees, to visit various cites and local areas of the city. This will give our guests a unique experience of the cultural and historic background for our national health reforms. We are planning for meetings between Urban Planners and local politicians to discuss the future of Oslo as a healthy and inclusive city.

We are staging a film documentary session, to screen documentaries that demonstrate the value of a Community Psychology perspectives in solving the most urgent issues of our time. The organizers welcome all proposals for new and old documentaries, and ask those who propose to be aware of the copyrights of the producers.

The organizers have chosen formats which not only facilitate discussion , but aim to stimulate interaction and activity around the various thematic tracks. We have attempted to adapt the formats, reflecting «covid-19 safe» online/hybrid formats in addition to the regular ones. We have a strong wish to host as many guests as possible within the travel restrictions at the time of the Conference. However, we expect the online presentations to be a larger part of the Conference than before, including digital versions of Symposia, individual papers and posters. We are asking attendees to register their preferred format in detail below.

Description of the formats

Panel event

A panel will allow 3 or 4 experts in a field or influential figures to answer questions from the attendees, make announcements, or share information or stories. The same format can be used online too. It is slightly less interactive than a regular meeting but does make for some interesting content that will draw people to an online event. The panel will be led by a discussant, and organised inviting the experts directly. The organisers will be happy to receive any proposals for a panel discussion with names of experts in this field. Networking is a cornerstone of our Conference and attendees will be able to partake in interactive and engaging experiences through new dynamic virtual conference platforms.

Key note speakers

An Invited Keynote Address is a lecture scheduled for 40 minutes, including discussion time, presented by an outstanding invited speaker. All Invited Addresses will have a Chair who will introduce the speaker and moderate a short discussion or select questions from the audience.

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”.

Conference language & publication

The conference language is English. All contributions will be included into the book of abstracts/ the conference program. A selection of these will be invited to publish in the Conference Proceedings. Further arrangements for publishing selected papers in a European Journal are in progress.

We have contacted two indexed and peer reviewed Journals for this purpose.

Information about abstract submission

Important dates

  • November 15th 2020 : Opening abstract submissions
  • February 5th 2021 : Deadline for abstract submissions
  • March 1st 2021: Notification regarding review

Abstracts for oral presentations, posters, and symposia may be submitted electronically through the link below.

Do you have questions regarding abstract submissions? Please contact through email: n.carr9@gmail.com

Presentation formats

Individual presentations

Poster presentation

Size of the poster max. 200 cm (height) x max. 90 cm (width)

Poster sessions allow presenters and attendees to engage in extended personal discussions regarding presentations that are printed on paper/cloth or digital format. Poster presentation with electronic format are poster presentations of new ideas and findings. These allow to present the most recent thoughts and data even after the general deadline has expired.

Individual paper/parallel session

Participants who wish to submit an individual paper may choose between an oral presentation and a poster. Both oral presentations and posters submitted and accepted by the Scientific Committee will be handled within the topics that have been grouped by thematic sessions.

We will create a program with groups of presentations related by their themes in order to promote networking among the presenters and their audience and in order to facilitate meaningful discussion As the distinction between oral presentations and posters is only a matter of the presentation mode, submissions in both categories will be assessed by the same scientific criteria. The Scientific Committee will determine the final mode of presentation, also taking into account the quality of the proposals, their relationships, temporal and technical possibilities. The abstracts will be accepted in English only, and will be accepted only via the online Eccp2021 Submission form.

Guidelines for individual poster/paper abstract

Title of presentation: Please choose a brief title (maximum of 100 characters) that clearly indicates the content of the contribution. Please avoid abbreviations in the title. Abbreviations may be used in the text if they are defined when first used.

Principal author: Name, highest educational degree obtained, email and complete mailing address, cell and work telephone numbers, institution, business affiliation (department, school, agency, or company, etc.), city and state. In instances of multiple authorship, the person whose name is listed first is expected to deliver the presentation.

Co-authors: Their names, highest educational degree obtained, their institution/business information.

Preference: for presentation in a poster session or a paper session.

Thematic Area: Please choose one of the thematic area.

Abstract: Please ensure that your abstract contains no more than 250 words. Please avoid diagrams, illustrations, tables, references or graphics in the abstract. Provide maximum relevant information in the abstract and if the subject matter is empirical, the following structure is obligatory: The objective, methods, results, conclusions.

Key-words: Please indicate 3 – 5 keywords for your abstract.


Mini-symposium (60 minutes time-slot)

A symposium is a focused session in which multiple (3) participants present their contributions related to a shared theme. The format of a symposium usually consists of an introduction to the topic by the Chairperson to provide the audience with a background for the ensuing discussion. Participants then present their viewpoints, followed by interchange among participants and between the audience and participants. Often the symposium will end with an overview of the proceedings by the chairperson or a discussant.

Invited Mini-Symposia are preferably multi-national sessions consisting of three to five presentations and a discussion on a specific topic. Colleagues who will be invited to chair a symposium are asked to gather a group of speakers and discussants for lively exchange, including the state of research and future challenges in their specific field. Invited Symposiums have a duration of 60 minutes.

Guidelines for symposium

Title of presentation: Please choose a brief title (maximum of 100 characters) that clearly indicates the content of the contribution. Please avoid abbreviations in the title. Abbreviations may be used in the text if they are defined when first used.

Thematic Area: Please choose one of the thematic areas.

Abstract - General Summary: Please ensure that your abstract contains no more than 300 words. Please avoid diagrams, illustrations, tables, references or graphics in the abstract. Please ensure that the abstract does not contain spelling, grammar or scientific notation errors to avoid such errors being reproduced in the Congress publications.

Chairperson: Name, the highest educational degree obtained, email and complete mailing address, cell/mobile and work telephone numbers, institution/ business affiliation (department, school, agency, or company, etc., city and state)

Participants: their names, highest educational degree obtained, their institution/ business information.

A Summary of each presentation – Participants: Please ensure that your abstract contains no more than 250 words. Please avoid diagrams, illustrations, tables, references or graphics in the abstract. Provide maximum relevant information in the abstract.


Created with images by Joel Filipe - "Gray triangles on a facade" • Daniele Levis Pelusi - "Abstract n.1" • Paweł Czerwiński - "untitled image" • Paweł Czerwiński - "Some acrylic paint on potato starch :)" • Mohd Zuber saifi - "Abstract architecture wallpaper "