IACCP 2017 workshops in Gdańsk and University of Gdańsk

July 14-15


Dear Workshop Participants!

IACCP 2017 Pre-Congress Workshops are approaching!
We will be delighted to host you at University of Gdansk and our
beautiful city!

Below please find couple of organizational issues:

All three 6-hour workshops take place simultaneously on July 15. from
9-12 (part 1) and 13-16 (part 2) at the University of Gdansk, Faculty of
Social Sciences, Bazynskiego Street, Jana Bażyńskiego 4, 80-309 Gdańsk.

– The REGISTRATION DESK will be open from 8.15 a.m.
– The LUNCH will be served during lunch break at the same building where
the workshops take place (in case of good weather we might go outdoors
with our plates 🙂
– Integration  PARTY will take place in the evening (from ap. 7.30) in
Sopot – more details soon!
– In case you still haven’t booked anything info on suggested
ACCOMMODATION in Gdańsk can still be found here:
– BEYOND THE WORKSHOP (July 14., one day before the workshops): CITY TOUR:
please confirm if you are taking part in city sightseeing- send us email
with one statement: city tour: yes.
– Departure for 9th European IACCP Conference in Warsaw (to be organized
by participants): July 16. before 12.00 noon. Book your trip asap:

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions,

With best wishes, looking forward to seeing you All in Gdansk!

IACCP 2017 Pre-Congress Workshops Organizing Team



IACCP 2017 workshops will be organized in the city of Gdańsk!

Discover Poland: IACCP 2017 held in Warsaw and Gdańsk.

The beautiful city of legendary Gdansk by the Baltic Sea – place of origin of Solidarity Movement with its famous European Solidarity Center and first-in-Poland intersectional Model of Integration of Migrants will have the pleasure to host IACCP 2017 workshops.

Gdańsk and Warsaw are connected with 3-hour trip by fast train for ap. 25 euro that leaves every hour – this will allow workshop participants to reach IACCP Conference venue easily and timely. If bought in advance (the sooner the better) the ticket to Warsaw costs ap. 10 euro. For tickets and more information see: The other option is plane – you can also find cheap deals and fly to Warsaw for 15 euro – the flight takes ap. 50 minutes.

IACCP 2017 workshops will be held on Saturday, July 15 at the University of Gdansk, Faculty of Social Sciences, Bazynskiego Street, Jana Bażyńskiego 4, 80-309 Gdańsk.

We recommend all participants arrive to Gdańsk July 14 the latest.

  • The pre-congress workshops are not included in the congress registration fees, but only those who register for the Congress can enroll for the workshops.
  • The registration will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The workshop registration fee include lunch, evening multicultural party and certificate of attendance
  • The Congress reserves the right to cancel a workshop if there are less than 15 participants.
  • Workshops reaching maximum enrollment will be closed.
  • Workshop registration fees: 40 euro (no early bird)
  • Contact and information:



July 15.

There will be three 6-hour parallel workshops, 9-12 (part 1), 13-16 (part 2).

Participants: 20-25  participants per workshop

The proposed workshops are focused on the applied cross-cultural psychology including research relating to migration/acculturation, intervention, and intergroup interactions. The workshops will be conducted by leading scholars in the field. It is proposed to develop a short summary of each workshop, highlighting critical points and conclusions and publish them on the conference webpage.

The day will close with a thematic integration evening for workshop participants showing multicultural history of the region (dances from across the world, music sessions together)

Workshop descriptions:

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

Saba Safdar (University of Guelph), Fons van de Vijver (Tilburg University), Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka (University of Gdansk and City Policy on Migration and Integration – Immigrants Integration Model in Gdansk*)

The workshop is aimed at bringing together researchers from the field of cross-cultural psychology and psychology of acculturation and practitioners working with migrants within their respective communities. In the first part of the workshop we will present results of studies relating to three thematic areas of acculturation research: 1) gender and acculturation process, hybrid identities in polyculturalism/superdiversity, 2) evaluation of programs aiming at integration of migrants and refugees, 3) national and local governmental policies on integration of migrants

In the second part of the workshop participants will be working in smaller groups within which they will work on designing common research and applied projects or work on their own research initiatives. Each group will be accompanied by facilitator who will help the group design their working model. The aim of the workshop is also to develop fact sheets on challenges and success that researchers and organizations have in working with newcomers. We aim to initiate cross-cultural collaboration with stakeholders and researchers attending the workshop. The conclusions from the workshop will be summarized and accessible for view to other workshop participants. A focal point of the proposed workshop is to examine the Gdansk Model of Integration and compare and examine the model with initiatives in other communities and societies globally. We will take a cross-disciplinary approach with an applied focus.

*City Policy and regional model of Migration and Integration of Immigrants in Gdansk is the result of the work of intersectoral and interdisciplinary team appointed by the Mayor of Gdansk in May 2015. It is Poland’s first cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary team that consisted of more than 140 people representing more than 80 various entities. The aim of the work of the team was to prepare a thorough strategy for the integration of new residents from different parts of the world. The purpose of the model is to strengthen the coordination and cooperation of various entities, as well as improving the quality of services targeted at immigrants in the city. Its operational part, describing the recommended tasks and activities relates primarily to the prospect of the next two years and is now being implemented within 8 thematic areas of Education, Local Communities, Culture, Sport, Violence and Discrimination, Health, Work , Social Welfare and Housing.


Saba Safdar (University of Guelph)

Saba Safdar is Director of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the University of Guelph, Canada. With her graduate students, she conducts research examining the wide range of factors that are relevant in understanding the adaptation processes of newcomers including immigrants, refugees, and international students.  She is an active member of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) where she has served different roles, including member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the IACCP conferences and member of the Editorial Board of the JCCP. She is a member of the Executive Council of the IACCP where she serves as the Deputy Secretary General. Saba Safdar is the President of the next IACCP Congress to be held in Canada in 2018. She is the author and co-author of more than 40 publications and presented and co-presented more than 150 scientific papers. She has led and participated in a large number of multi-disciplinary and multi-country projects and has held academic appointments in Canada, the US, the UK, France, India, Kazakhstan, and Spain.

Selected publications:

  • Litchmore, V.H. & Safdar, S. (2016). The meanings of Hijab: Views of Canadian Muslim women. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 19, 198-208. DOI: 10.1111/ajsp.12141
  • Safdar, S. & Berno, T. (2016). Sojourners: The experience of expatriates, students, and tourists (Chapter 10). In D.L. Sam & J.W. Berry (Editors). The Cambridge Handbook of Acculturation Psychology (2nd edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Safdar, S., Gui, Y., Annis, R., Gibson, R., & Berry, J.W. (in press). Intercultural Relations in Canada. In J.W. Berry (Editor). Mutual Intercultural Relations in Plural Societies (MIRIPS). New York: Nova Science Publisher.
  • Scott, C. & Safdar, S. (2016). The inclusion of culture in Canadian social psychology textbooks: A content analysis of introductory texts. Online Readings in Psychology and Culture, 11(1).


Fons van de Vijver (Tilburg University)

Fons van de Vijver holds a chair in cross-cultural psychology at Tilburg University, the Netherlands and an extraordinary chair at North-West University, South Africa, and the University of Queensland, Australia. He has (co-)authored arouind 500 publications, mainly in the domain of cross-cultural psychology. The main topics in his research involve bias and equivalence, psychological acculturation and multiculturalism, cognitive similarities and differences, response styles, translations and adaptations. He is the former editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and serves on the board of various journals and the current President of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Selected publications:

  • Van de Vijver, F. J. R., & Leung, K. (1997). Methods and data analysis for cross-cultural research. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
  • Arends-Tóth, J., & Van de Vijver, F. J. R. (2003). Multiculturalism and acculturation: Views of Dutch and Turkish-Dutch. European Journal of Social Psychology, 33, 249-266. doi:10.1002/ejsp.143
  • Celenk, O., & Van de Vijver, F. J. R. (2011). Assessment of acculturation: Issues and overview of measures. Online Readings in Psychology and Culture, Unit 1. Retrieved from
  • Van de Vijver, F. J. R. (2015). Methodological aspects of cross-cultural research. In M. Gelfand, Y. Hong, & C. Y. Chiu (Eds.), Handbook of advances in culture & psychology (Vol. 5, pp. 101-160). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka (University of Gdansk)

Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka has a PhD in Psychology and works as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Psychology of Gender at the University of Gdańsk (Poland). Her main area of research and practice is cross-cultural psychology of gender and her special interests are social change and cultural cues fostering gender equality within societies across the world. Expert for City Policy and regional model of Migration and Integration of Immigrants in Gdansk. Principal Investigator within  PAR Migration Navigator project: Socio-Cultural and Psychological Predictors of Work-Life Balance And Gender Equality: CrossCultural Comparison of Polish And Norwegian Families. Norway Grants, Core Call 2012 –   No PolNor/202343/62/2013,

Selected publications:

  • Kosakowska-Berezecka, N., Żadkowska, M., Gjerstad, B., Świdrak, Kwiatkowska, A., Odden, G., Ryndyk., O., Krys, K., & Vedøy., G. (in press). Changing country, changing gender roles—migration and transformation of gender roles within the family—a case of Polish migrants in Norway. In: M. R. T. de Guzman, J. Brown, and C. P. Edwards (Eds.), Parenting from afar: The reconfiguration of family across distance. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Kosakowska-Berezecka, N., Korzeniewska, L., & Kaczorowska, M. (2016). Sharing housework can be healthy: cultural and psychological factors influencing men’s involvement in household maintenance. Health Psychology Report, 4(3), 189–201. doi: 10.5114/hpr.2016.62232
  • Kosakowska-Berezecka, N., Besta, T. Adamska, K., Jaśkiewicz, M., Jurek, P. Vandello, J.A., (2016). If My Masculinity is Threatened I Won’t Support Gender Equality? The Role of Agentic Self-Stereotyping in Restoration of Manhood and Perception of Gender Relations. Psychology of Men and Masculinity.
  • Safdar, S., Kosakowska-Berezecka, N. (Eds.) (2015). Psychology of gender through the lens of culture: theories and applications. Springer: New York.


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


Milton J. Bennett (Director, Intercultural Development Research Institute (USA & Europe), Adjunct Professor of Sociology and core faculty member, Ph.D. program in Sustainable Human Development, (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

The Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) is a well-known grounded theory that drives much of the design and measurement of programs in intercultural competence. This workshop will build on recent work with the DMIS applying it to consciousness, cultural identity, and transformational change. In the morning, participants will explore how knowledge paradigms, level of analysis, and a dynamic definition of culture can generate a coherent analytical structure for intercultural identity and consciousness. Building on the morning discussion, the afternoon discussions will explore some techniques for developing individual intercultural consciousness and for facilitating transformational change in organizations. In addition to identifying pathways for personal growth, the workshop will act as a group consultation regarding the development of intercultural competence in organizations.

Criteria for attending: willingness to participate for the whole day, some experience in working with intercultural environment

Useful readings by M. Bennett before the workshop:

  • “Constructivist Approach to Intercultural Communication”. Entry for Kim, Y (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication. Wiley. (In Press)
  • “Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity” Entry for Kim, Y (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication. Wiley. (In Press)

More downloadable articles are on

Useful after the workshop:

Bennett, M. (2013) Basic concepts of intercultural communication: Paradigms, principles, & practices. Boston: Intercultural Press.


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

As R as statistical program has gained on popularity in recent years we have prepared a program of the workshop which will include the following:

  • Introduction to R and R Studio using scripts
  • Introduction to multilevel modelling in cross-cultural research – analysis of examples
  • Scripts: 1 MLM, 2 MGCFA – introduction, analysis done by participants individually, interpretation of results, discussion
  • Homework to be completed by participants and verified by trainers – feedback sent back to participants.

After the workshop the participants will be able to: run R and R studio, import data base (in excel, .csv, or .spss), use scripts provided, accommodate scripts for their own data, conduct MLM and MGCFA analysis.

Requirements for participants: personal computers with R and R Studio installed (free access, participants will be provided with the instructions on how to install the program before the workshop).

Paweł Jurek, PhD. Assistant Professor at the Institute of Psychology, University of Gdansk. Director of Research and Development Department at the Altkom Academia. Expert in the Training and Employee Development Department at the National Polish Bank. He is an expert in the field of assessment and development of employees, with several years of experience in competence management in organizations. He is an author and co-author of a number of diagnostic methods and publications in the area of organizational psychology and management.

Michał Olech, PhD. Doctor of Mathematics, Institute of Mathematics of the University of Wroclaw and the Universite Paris Sud., an expert in business data analysis in the field of human resources management. He uses his research interests (differential equations and dedicated numerical methods) in the analytical work in the field of psychometrics and Business Intelligence. At the same time he develops his interest in working with the R environment. Graduate studies “Statistical analysis and data mining in business” at the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), with experience in project management (training and advisory projects).


Selected publications:

  • Olech, M. (2004). Nonuniqueness of steady states in annular domains for Streater equations. Applicationes Mathematicae, 31 (3).
  • Olech, M., Herczak, A. (2009). Existence and asymptotics of solutions of some parabolic–elliptic system. Banach Center Publoications, 86, 129-148
  • Chipot, M., Kinderlehrerand, D., Hilhorst, D., Olech, M. (2009). Contractionin L1 and large time behavior for a class on n-component reaction–diffusion systems. Differential Equations & Applications, 1(1), 139-151 
  • Eymard, R., Hilhorst, D., Olech, M. (2010). Numerical approximation of a reaction-diffusion system with fast reversible reaction. Chinese Annals of Mathematics – series B, 31, 631-654 .


BEFORE THE WORKSHOP (July 14., details to be announced soon):

City sightseeing, including guided tour of European Solidarity Center (10 euro) (,Jezyk,pid,2,lang,2.html) and famous shipyard where Solidarity movement has begun, and other famous places in Gdansk Old Town.

Suggested departure for Warsaw: July 16. noon


About the venue:

University of Gdańsk (UG) is the largest educational institution in the Pomerania region. There are eleven faculties with almost 33.000 students, doctoral students and post-graduates, who are taught by 1700 academics. In such fields of study as Psychology, Law, and Economic Sciences, the University of Gdańsk is one of the best institutions in Poland. Institute of Psychology at University of Gdańsk is also unique as it offers 2-year modules of courses within cross-cultural psychology coordinated by the Division of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Psychology of Gender. University of Gdańsk is also involved in implementing City Policy on Migration and Integration – Immigrants Integration Model in Gdansk.

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