Registration to Workshops in Gdansk

Dear registered and potential participants of European IACCP Conference Warsaw_2017:

We are drawing your attention to preconference Workshop, which will take place in Gdansk.

If you are interested to participate in any of the 3 Workshops – sign for it now!

1: Cross-cultural psychology for integration of migrants and refugees.

2: Using the DMIS for Intercultural Consciousness and Transformational Change.

3: Introduction to multilevel modelling – using R in cross-cultural analysis.



Dear Prospective Participants:

We have very encouraging information for those of you, who plan to participate in the Warsaw Conference: IACCP 2017, but may have problems with obtaining adequate financing from your local institutions. For the first time in our history, IACCP will be generously supporting applications to a Regional conference for colleagues who otherwise would not be able to attend the meeting.

Please read the document “Travel Awards for the 9th Regional European Conference” carefully. I would like to draw your attention to the following conditions specified in this document:
(i) you should be an IACCP member in good standing, not later than on January 31, 2017

(ii) you should submit an abstract of any form of active participation in the Conference, for example a poster, an individual paper or an outline of a symposium.

(iii) you should be a citizen or a resident of a country in the region of Europe, which is considered as a low income country.

For further details, please download the Travel Awards for the 9th Regional European Conference document HERE »

Extention of the deadline

Dear registered and potential participants of European IACCP Conference Warsaw_2017:

As you may know already, the Organizing Committee has decided, after consultations with the Executive Committee of IACCP to extend the deadline for all submissions till January 31. Other than the invited key-note speakers and symposia, we have – so far – submissions of 30 regular symposia and 85 individual presentations; this response makes us optimistic about the final shape of the conference, just six months ahead.

Nevertheless, we have capacity to host more of you and we are looking forward for more interesting proposals to reach us in the next two weeks.

Our conference will be unique in the sense that for the first time at this level, travel grants will be available to those colleagues who find themselves in need for financial support.  I am referring you to the announcement issued by professor Klaus Boehnke who is in charge of the subcommittee overseeing this project.

Wishing you a very successful time,  we invite you to send your abstract submissions, with the hope of hosting you in Poland, July this year.

Pawel Boski

for the Organizing  Committee

Travel Grants for IACCP 2017

Dear Prospective Participants:
We have a very encouraging information for those of you who plan to participate the Warsaw Conference: IACCP 2017, but may have problems with obtaining adequate financing from your local institutions. For the first time in our history, IACCP will be generously supporting applications to a Regional conference from colleagues who would otherwise be not able to attend it.

Please read carefully the document “Travel Awards for the 9th Regional European Conference“. I would like to draw your attention to the following conditions specified in this document: (i) you should be an IACCP member in good standing not later than on January 31, 2017; (ii) you should submit an abstract for any form of active participation in the Conference – a poster,  individual paper, or a symposium; (iii) you should be a citizen or a resident  of a country in the region of Europe, which isl considered as a low income country.

Pawel Boski
Conference Organizer

2nd Announcement And call for Abstracts

Invited Symposia Registration Fee’s

Invitation and general guidelines

Dear Cross-Cultural Colleagues and Friends,

The Scientific Committee for the 9th IACCP European [Regional] Congress invites you to submit abstracts for our Warsaw 2017 conference. The deadline for abstract submission is December 31th 2016.             All abstracts will be submitted to peer-review, coordinated by the Scientific Committee. Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed to the corresponding author latest by February 28th, 2017, together with detailed information and guidelines.

The motto of the Congress is: From a Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Conflict and Cooperation in Shaping the Future of Europe. From this formulation, Scientific Committee has derived five thematic tracks:

  •  Acculturation among Immigrants and Refugees vs. Multiculturalism in receiving society;
    •    Integration and Conflict: Identities in Europe;
    •    Intergroup processes: Ethnic and National Conflicts;
    •    Religions, Ideologies, Political Processes in Current and Historical Perspectives;
    •    Improving intergroup relations: Applications of Cross-cultural Psychology.

Proposals can be submitted for:
•    Group sessions – Symposia and Panel discussions
•    Individual Oral and Poster Presentations

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions in these tracks as well as other fields of your research and expertise. If you have any questions with regard to Abstract Submission, please contact us at On behalf of the IACCP 9th European [Regional] Conference – Warsaw 2017 Scientific Committee,

Prof. Dr. Fons J. R. van de Vijver                              Prof. dr hab. Paweł Boski IACCP President                                                         Congress President         Tilburg University,                                                   SWPS University of Social   The Netherlands                                                    Sciences and Humanities                                                                                         Warsaw, Poland




Professor Janusz Reykowski, Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences

Violence as the Means of Attaining Societal Goals
A world leading political psychologist, and the dean of Polish psychologists; in his long and very productive academic career, Professor Reykowski’s research endeavors have covered a wide range of topics: the psychology of emotions; personality, prosocial orientations and altruism; and political psychology, for the last 30 years. He has been a champion of non-antagonistic and deliberative democracy. Actively involved in the transformation from communism to democracy in Poland. He is the founder of Psychology Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, and co- founder of SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Internationally, he served as President of the International Society for Political Psychology.


Professor Peter B. Smith, University of Sussex, UK

What does it mean to be a European? – The challenge of diversity                                                                                   Professor Peter Smith is a renowned cross-cultural psychologist, former editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and President of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. He specializes in methodology, and particularly in studies on response biases across cultures. His other fields of expertise include organizational psychology and social identities, where he represents the Tajfelian legacy in British social psychology.




Professor Christian Welzel, Leuphana University, DE

The Theory of Emancipation: A Psychological Explanation of Societal Progress                                                            

Professor Christian Welzel is a political scientist, widely known for his involvement in the World Values Survey, and research on democracy in connection with cultural values and culture transformation. Theory of emancipation is the leading theme of his work, on which his lecture will be focused.




Professor Constantine Sedikides, University of Southampton, UK

Christian Self-Enhancement in Cultural Context                                                                                                                       Professor Constantine Sedikides is the Director of the Research Center on Self-identity at University of Southampton. His illustrious academic career is connected with studying various aspects of the human self: self-evaluation motives (self- enhancement, self-protection, self-improvement); cultural/religious influences on self-esteem; narcissism; implicit and explicit strategies deployed to protect the self against threatening feedback; and nostalgia.





Professor Debi Roberson, University of Essex, UK

50 years on from the first cross-cultural investigations of perceptual categories, is there anything left to learn? [State of  the Art lecture]

Professor Debi Roberson is highly recognized for her categorical perception studies on color and facial expressions.  She has been continuing the research thread initiated by Ekman and Friesen; and Heider-Rosch in the sixties of last century. She will summarize these studies, comparing advanced civilizations of the West and East with traditional cultures in Papua New Guinea and Africa,. In light of the current European situation (mass migrations, refugees, etc), discussion of the importance of understanding subtle differences on fundamental psychological processes will be provided.




fullsizerenderProfessor Veronica Benet-Martinez, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, ES

Europe’s culture(s): Negotiating cultural meanings, values, and identities in the European context

Professor Veronica Benet-Martinez has an outstanding research record in personality and social psychology. In the field of cross-cultural psychology she is particularly known for her work on culture frame switch and bicultural identity integration.

The symposium she convenes will aim to: (1) showcase and integrate the emerging, and yet already diverse, cultural and cross-cultural psychological research conducted within the European context, (2) formally discuss how European-based findings might compare with previously observed findings based on research with non-European cultures, and (3) shed light from a (cross-)cultural perspective onto the current challenges that European identity faces.



Professor Michael H. Bond, Hong-Kong University/Polytechnic

Cross-cultural  issues in political psychology

Professor Michael Harris  Bond, has for decades been one of the central figures in cross-cultural psychology, specializing in personality and social psychology research. He is, with the late Kwok Leung, a co-author of social axioms theory. Here, he convenes a symposium on cross-cultural issues                                          in political psychology.






Professor Vassilis Saroglou, University of Louvain, BE

Cultures and religions: Understanding Muslim-Christian relations in secularized Europe

Professor Vassilis Saroglou is a former President of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion, Fellow of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, and recipient of the William James Award 2017 from the American Psychological Association-Division 36.

The symposium will focus on cross-cultural psychological issues related to (a) the interplay between religion and ethnicity, (b) inter-religious relations and conflict, and (c) the role of the secular cultural context of European countries.




Professor Michał Bilewicz, University of Warsaw

The impact of history and it’s representations on current psychological processes

Professor Michał Bilewicz is director of the Center for the Study of Prejudice at Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw. He specializes in historically entrenched, antagonistic and prosocial intergroup relations.

Psychological studies on prejudice and discrimination occur within the context of current events and historical events which feed collective memory across generations.  Studies from various arenas, bridging psychology and history will be presented.



yanczukProfessor Vladimir A. Yanczuk, Belarus State University; Minsk, BY

Intercultural dialogue between antagonists:      Is it possible?

Professor Vladimir A. Yanczuk holds a position at the Belarus State University and at the Academy of Postgraduate Education in Minsk. Professor Yanczuk is a regularly invited scholar to top universities in the former Soviet Republics. He is member of numerous Belarus, Russian and international committees and associations,  and group research projects on academic and applied psychology.

National conflicts between Russia and its neighbors, former USSR republics, have escalated in recent years. The symposium will present research data and panel discussion between East European scholars.




Professor Milton J. Bennett, Intercultural Development Research Institute Portland, Oregon, USA / Milano, Italy

The Unfulfilled Promise of Intercultural Identity?

Professor Milton J. Bennett is the author of Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS), which offers theoretical foundations for research and professional practice. His stage model proposes a developmental path from ethnocentrism to ethnorelativism. This model is broadly implemented in intercultural training programs..

Professor Bennett is a Director of Intercultural Development Research Institute, he splits his scholarly and professional activities between Oregon in USA and Milano in Italy.

Prior to the conference, he will lead a workshop in Gdańsk, and in Warsaw he leads a symposium/panel discussion.


 Call for Abstracts


All cross – cultural psychologists, including students working for degrees in our field  and other interested colleagues, are invited to submit their contributions belonging to the domain of cross-cultural psychology. The list of sub-domains is given along with submission forms.

In accordance with general directives adopted by IACCP, participants are informed of a  One first author – One submission rule. The rule should be understood that any participant is allowed to one submission where s/he is the first author. [Second or lower authorships are not limited.]

  • Symposia, build around one overriding theme and grouping 4-5 presentations, with a possible discussant declared by the convener. A symposium is a 90 min. session. Double sessions on particularly important themes may be considered. Panelists from three different universities and diverse countries are required for a symposium proposal.
  • Individual papers. These contributions may have one author or a number of co-authors, presenting a joint project.
  • Poster papers. These are usually student (MA, PhD) contributions, often co-authored by the supervisor. Junior researchers are encouraged to participate. As is usually the case, there will be a competition for the best poster.
  • Moderated round-table sessions. Since our Conference will address some of the most burning issues for Europe today, there should be space open for debates pertaining to refugee  adaptation and acculturation, multiculturalism, ethnic/national conflicts, and identities. Like symposia, such debates should gather international and possibly interdisciplinary panels.  Conveners-moderators are cautioned to concentrate on providing academic and not political presentations.


Submission Deadlines

Submission period is open with this Announcement going public.

Type of submission Deadline Acceptance decision I Acceptance decision II
Symposia and round table sessions December 31, 2016 February 1, 2017 February 15, 2017
Individual papers and poster presentations January 15, 2017 February 15, 2017 February 28, 2017


Guidelines for submission

Click here to read the Guidelines.

To register click here.

If you already registered, please submitt your abstract here



Registration fees and dates

Categories of participants Registration Fee (Euro)
Early Bird     Regular after

03/1 –               04/16-

04/15/17         06/15/17

Regular IACCP members 250 310
Non-members of IACCP 360 450
Participants from low income countries (irrespective of membership) 160 200
Students (all categories) 130 160
Accompanying persons 130 160


There will be a substantial financial  support  for participants originating from low income countries in the region of Eastern Europe. Rules for applications and granting will be announced separately  by the The Witkin/Okonji Memorial Fund which is the  subcommittee of the Association’s  Standing Committee on Awards.


More to come soon…. 

Information about hotels, student residence accommodation; conference and post-conference tours, and anything pertaining to your visit and stay in Poland will appear on our web page shortly.  Our mission is to make your Conference time scientifically fruitful, interpersonally enjoyable, and culturally enriching.


On the road to the Warsaw 2017 conference: 

the flashback from Pultusk 2000 at the  Nagoya –

and our Organizing Committee here in Warsaw



We invite you all,  

With the warmth of our hearts and eagerness of minds   ….


Europe and its direct geopolitical neighborhood have become a stage for many dramatic events and processes that no one would have dared to predict some years ago. The wars in the  Middle East  and the refugee crisis; the Russian-Ukrainian conflict; the economic and political tensions between the EU member states, affecting  Union’s stability (e.g. Brexit); and the shocking terrorist attacks – are the most obvious examples of our day to day reality.

These macro political problems have direct cultural roots as well as implications. Never before in its history has cross-cultural psychology been faced with such tests of practical importance. Never before have the research problems on immigration, acculturation, and inter-group relations had so much relevance.  Our keynote speakers, invited symposia and round table debates will address these problems.

We wholeheartedly invite all IACCP members and interested psychologists to the European Regional Conference, Warsaw_2017, organized by SWPS University.


Venue: SWPS Warsaw Campus

Organizing University: University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS),

SWPS is a new, and the only  private university in Poland. We are 20 years of age. With 8,000 psychology students in MA programs, spread at 5 campuses around Poland, University SWPS is possibly the  largest psychology school in the world. 1,500 graduates leave our University each year with Master degree in Psychology. We have also an extended, 4-year PhD program, as well as habilitation (post-doctoral degree) privileges.

I distributed among the EC members  (during the San Cristobal_2015 North American Regional Conference) brochures about the Warsaw Campus of our university. We have limitless access to all size lecture halls ranging from 500 auditoria through medium size (100-200), to small seminar rooms (50 persons). [You can consult our web page in the internet:, in English, Russian and in Turkish.] All lecture halls have state of the arts  facilities for power point presentations and are equipped with high quality  sound system. Wireless internet connection, printers, technical and administrative assistance will be fully available and free. The Conference will be hosted all free of charge.

Cafeteria, coffee shops will be at our disposal. Our university has become an international institution with about 10% students being not Poles. What it means in practice  is that the food menus are diversified according to cultural tastes and religious restrictions (kosher, halal, vegetarian, and lactose intolerant). Also, English has become the second language of the university (B.A., and M.A. programs in psychology are run in English); while Turkish, and Russian is serviceable with students-assistants at the International Office. A trained group of about 30 international, multilingual students will assist us at running the conference (reminding those who were well memorized a generation ago, in Pułtusk 2000).

There will be plenty space for informal meetings and for all type of meetings to be held by IACCP bodies such as EC, Communications and Publications Committee, etc.  Arrangements will be made according to needs. However, the number of such formal activities is envisaged to be less than during biennial General Congresses.


Polish psychologists in IACCP

Polish psychologists have been growingly active in the field of cross-cultural psychology. We have 66 members according to the IACCP web site register. This group is active both internationally and it has its annual conventions in Poland.

 The author of this proposal has been actively involved in IACCP/JCCP business for the last 35 years, the climax of which was the XV IACCP Congress, Pułtusk-2000, which is still well remembered by many members as a big success.

The hosting University SWPS has run MA and PhD programs in cross-cultural psychology. Since our first batch in 2002, we had over 200 MA graduates, and 10 PhDs. All the members of the Organization Committee hold MA and/or PhD degrees in cross-cultural psychology from, awarded  by University SWPS or in association with the  Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences.


Warsaw City

The capital of Poland  is a very quickly growing and developing modern European metropolis with 2,5 million residents. Those who attended the Pułtusk Congress in 2000, will find the unbelievable pace of change during the past 17 years.  Warsaw is the dominant center of academic life in Poland: 250,000 students attend its 78 institutions of tertiary learning.     Warsaw offers interesting cultural events, and is worth visiting in summer time. Warsaw is also estimated as one of the most economical capitals in EUROPE.  According to TOP15 (2014), one day in Warsaw would cost you PLN112.00 (EURO 28.00).

Warsaw is easily accessible by air-flights with two international airports, rapid train connections from the East and the West, and by highways, A1 North-South, and A2 East-West.

Warsaw has one of better public transport system in Europe (our international students praise it!). All places are easily accessible by tram, bus or metro, until midnight. The stops are announced in English; English is also widely spoken on downtown sidewalks Warsaw is also a safe city. It is not dangerous to walk anywhere nearby to the campus or to explore the city.

Warsaw downtown
Warsaw business district at sunny day. Aerial View.