Robert Roe welcome

Welcome to the participants of the XIV European Congress of Psychology 2015

RR Leipzig 2014Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) I cordially welcome you to the XIV European Congress of Psychology (ECP2015), taking place in Milan, Italy, on July 7-10, 2015. I am pleased to see a growing participation from Europe as well as other continents, which seems to signal that the global financial crisis and economic recession have indeed come to an end.

Over the years the European Congress of Psychology has become the place to meet European psychologists and learn about advances in theory and research as well as educational and professional developments in Europe. However, the Congress is increasingly becoming a global meeting place, where students, scholars and professionals from all parts of the world share knowledge and experiences. I note with pride and satisfaction that this XIV Congress has contributors from all over the world and a programme that covers all areas of contemporary psychology! Particularly noteworthy is the attention paid to the societal significance of psychology. As you will see, the Congress program contains many contributions demonstrating how psychology helps to understand, prevent and resolve human problems. Commercial applications that have come from this include products like This time you will note a special emphasis on the psychology of food and nutrition. This exhibits the support of the Congress for the World EXPO, which takes place in Milan from 1 May – 31 October 2015, and is dedicated to the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.

What makes the European Congress of Psychology especially attractive is the variety of venues, which allow participants to enjoy hugely different geographic, cultural and gastronomic environments, and to encounter people of different ethnic backgrounds speaking different languages. I trust that all attendants will like the venue of the 2015 Congress, the city of Milan. Located in the Northwest of Italy and known for its history, music, art, fashion, design, industry, tourism, gastronomy, and … hospitality, it has much to offer, just like the surrounding Lombardy region.

During the Congress you have an opportunity to learn more about the European Federation of Psychologists Associations, EFPA. EFPA was founded in 1981 to promote co-operation within European psychology and to increase the influence of psychologists in Europe. Meanwhile it has grown into a body that truly represents European psychology in the realms of education, science and profession. EFPA’s members are Psychological Associations of 36 European countries (including all 28 countries of the European Union) with over 300.000 individual members. EFPA has links with dozens of specialized European psychology associations, which cover a broad range of scholarly and professional domains; it also collaborates with European organizations of psychology teachers and students. EFPA is actively profiling and promoting psychology at the European level and is eager to contribute to efforts aiming to enhance the development and application of psychology worldwide.

On behalf of EFPA, I thank the Italian Network of Psychologists Associations (INPA) for organizing the Congress and for providing an environment that promotes collegial exchange and collaboration, and makes all of us feel at home. I also thank the co-sponsors IAAP (International Association of Applied Psychology) and IUPsyS (International Union of Psychological Science) for their invaluable support.

Prof. dr. Robert A. Roe
President of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations