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Regional Workshops

To further promote and advance behavioural development research ISSBD is proud to have sponsored over 20 regional workshops, to date, across the world. Cooper and Verma’s historical overview of ISSBD regional workshops is available to read, here.

Forthcoming workshops include:

  • Regional Workshop, Geneva, Switzerland, 3-5 September, 2015
  • Regional Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya, 4-6 November, 2015

Workshop on cognitive and socio-emotional development across the lifespan

This workshop is organized for early career scholars – up to 7 years after receiving their highest degree – interested in cognitive and socio-emotional development across the lifespan. This 3-day workshop will bring together experts in lifespan psychology and junior researchers working in lifespan development, child development or aging. The workshop includes both theoretical lectures and lab sessions, and is designed to be highly interactive.

Deadline for applications: May 31st, 2015

For more information and an application form, please click here.

Workshop on Advancing Research on Vulnerable Populations by Early- to Mid-Career Scholars in Africa

The aims of this workshop will be to provide a forum where junior scholars can meet and learn from senior scholars who have outstanding publishing backgrounds. Interested individuals are invited to submit their applications to take part in the 11th ISSBD African Regional Workshop to be held from 4th to 6th November, 2015 in Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.

Local Organizing Committee

  1. Prof. Kofi Marfo, Professor and Founder, Institute for Human Development, The Aga Khan University, Nairobi
  2. Dr. Maureen Mweru, Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood Studies Department, Kenyatta University, Nairobi
  3. Dr. Nyakwara Begi, Chairperson, Early Childhood Studies Department, Kenyatta University, Nairobi
  4. Dr. John Ng'asike, Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood Studies Department, Mount Kenya University, Lodwar
  5. Dr. Peter Mwaura, Chairperson, Educational Psychology Department, Kenyatta University, Nairobi

Deadline for applications: June 30th, 2015

For more information, please click here or contact Dr. Maureen Mweru at for more details.

Previous workshops include

  • Regional Workshop, Budapest, Hungary - 12-14 September, 2013.

    Interpersonal Dynamics in Childhood and Adolescence
    The workshop focused on theories and research findings about children’s, adolescents’ and young adults’ social development, with particular attention to the dynamics of different kinds of interpersonal relationships (parent-child, siblings, friends, peers, social dynamics of peer groups etc.).

  • 10th African regional workshop, Pretoria, South Africa, 25-27 September, 2013.

    Sustaining research excellence amongst early career African scholars
    The 10th African Regional Workshop took place in South Africa, hosted by the Department of Inclusive Education in collaboration with that of Psychology of Education at the University of South Africa. The organizers invited early career scholars in Africa (currently registered Master's and PhD students) to submit abstracts based on their research for poster presentations during the research workshop.

A report of the 2011 Chandigarh, India, regional workshop can be found here, and if you are interested in organising a future workshop, please read our guidelines for workshop proposals (below)

1994 Beijing workshop, participants discussing a seminar.

9th ISSBD Africa Regional Workshop, 2011.


A Guideline for Workshop Proposals

ISSBD sponsors workshops on a regular basis. Typically, workshops are proposed to introduce scholars to new methods, updates of substantive areas of research, and reviews of given topics. Participants include early career scholars from developing and under-developed countries. Participants are drawn from the majority world and regions of the globe (Western Europe; North America). In such cases, the goal is to introduce early career scholars from different regions of the world in an effort to promote unity and collaboration.

Workshops typically are between 3-6 days in length. Senior researchers usually deliver formal addresses and lead discussion groups. Early career scholars may present posters or short papers on topics related to the Workshop theme. The venue for proposed Workshops varies. However, it is usually the case that a Workshop immediately precedes or follows the Biennial Meetings of the Society.

Workshops are also held, on a regular basis, in Africa, Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, the Middle-East, and North America.

ISSBD has set a budget to support its Workshop series. Additional support should be generated via the writings of proposals to local sources (e.g., institutional support), local governments, and to supportive Foundations. ISSBD will support up to three Workshops per year, although two is preferable.

Proposals should be directed to the President of the Society. A description of the proposed workshop, the prospective participants, names of senior speakers (if possible) should accompany a full budget. The Executive Committee of ISSBD will review each proposal either upon receipt or upon revision following commentary and guidance from the President. Once the Executive Committee has approved a Workshop proposal, it will be submitted to a funding agency by the Treasurer of ISSBD. Funds granted to the Workshop will be received and distributed by the Treasurer.

Following a successful regional workshop, ISSBD expects the organizers to prepare a report on the workshop (which should include a budget expenditure report). This report is due approximately six months following the event.


Historical Overview of ISSBD Workshops


Cameroon, Yaounde 1992, Organizer: Bame Nsamenang
Ivory Coast, Abidjan, 1994, Organizers: Jean Tano, Tape Goze
Zambia, Lusaka, 1996, Organizers: Robert Serpell, Gertrude Mwape
Namibia, Windhoek, 1998, Organizer: Roderick Zimba
Uganda, Kampala, 2000, Organizer: Peter Baguma
Cameroon, Yaounde, 2003, Organizer: Bame Nsamenang
South Africa, Johannesburg, 2005, Organizer: Mambwe Kasese-Hara
Kenya, Kisumu, 2009, Organizer: Paul Oburu
Nigeria, Lagos, 2011, Organizer: Esther Akinsola
South Africa, Pretoria, 2013, Organizer: Nareadi Phasha


Japan, Kyoto, 1972, Organizer: Prof. Takase
Indonesia, Jakarta, 1978, Organizer: Singgih Gunarsa
Thailand, Bangkok, 1982, Organizer: Chancha Suvannathat
Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 1984, Organizer: Chiam Heng Keng
Republic of Singapore, Singapore, 1986, Organizer: Sim Wong Koei
China, Beijing, 1987, Organizer: Liu Fan
The Philippines, Manila, 1989, Organizer: Elizabeth Ventura
Thailand, Bangkok, 1990, Organizer: Chancha Suvannathat
Indonesia, Jakarta, 1993, Organizer: Singgih Gunarsa
Indonesia, Bandung, 1993, Organizer: Kusdwiratri Setiono
China, Beijing, 1994, Organizer: Meng Zhaolan
India, Chandigarh, 1995. Organizers: R. Mulidharan, Suman Verma
Republic of Singapore, Singapore, 1995, Organizer: Ho Wah Kam
India, Baroda, 1998, Organizers: T.S. Saraswathi, Suman Verma
Brunei, Darussalam, 1998, Organizer: Sim Won Kooi
South Korea, Seoul, 2003, Organizer: Ock Boon Chung
India, Bombay, 2003, Organizers: Rajini Konantambigi, Suman Verma
China, Nanjing, 2009, Organizers: Zuhong Lu, Huichang Chen, Xinyin Chen
India, Chandigarh, 2011, Organizers: Suman Verma, Deepali Sharma


Sydney, 1988, Organizer: Jacqueline Goodnow
Adelaide, 2009, Organizers: Julie Robinson, Ann Sanson


Poland, Torun, 1977, Organizer: Janusz Reykowski
Hungary, Esztergom, 1983, Organizer: Magda Kalmar
Netherlands, Groningen, 1984, Organizer: Sandy Jackson
Italy, Rome, 1986, Organizer: Grazia Attili
Czechoslovakia, Prague, 1986, Organizers: Jarmila Kotaskova, Hellgard Rauh
Hungary, Budapest, 1988, Organizer: Magda Kalmar
Scotland, Stirling, 1990, Organizer: George Butterworth
Spain, Seville, 1992, Organizers: Harry McGurk, Jesus Palacios, Sandra Scarr
Russia, Moscow, 1993, Organizers: S. Meshcheryakova, Tatiana Yermolova
Germany, Bonn, 1993, Organizer: Georg Rudinger
Estonia, Puhajarve, 1994, Organizer: Jari-Erik Nurmi
Switzerland, St. Moritz, 1994 Organizers: Margie E. Lachman, Ursula M. Staudinger
Poland, Krakow, 1995, Organizer: Adam Niemcyznski
Russia, Moscow, 1996, Organizers: Tatiana Yermolova, E. Serkienko, M. Egorova
Finland, Keruu, 1999, Organizers: Brett Laursen, Jari-Erik Nurmi
Russia, Moscow, 2003, Organizer: Tatiana Yermolova
Russia, Moscow, 2005, Organizers: Tatiana Yermolova, N. Avdeva
Russia, Moscow, 2013, Organizers: Sergey Kornilov, Natalia Rakhlin, Elena Grigorenko
Hungary, Budapest, 2013, Organizer: Marta Fülop

Middle East

Israel, 2005, Organizers: Ziad Abdeen, Avi Sagi-Schwartz, Rachel Seginer

Latin America

Brazil, Sao Paulo, 1980, Organizer: Maria Rosetti Ferreira
Brazi, Recife, 1989, Organizer: Analucia Schliemann
Peru, Lima, 2001, Organizers: Brett Laursen, Margarita Azmitia, Mary Louise Claux
Brazil, Gramado, 2007, Organizers: Brett Laursen, William M. Bukowski, Silvia Koller

North America

USA, Michigan, 1991, Organizer: Harold W. Stevenson
USA, Pennsylvania, 1991, Organizer: Richard Lerner
USA, Washington, DC, 1991, Organizers: Patricia M. Greenfield, Rodney Cocking

Graduate Student Summer Institute held in July, 1987 at the Academia Sinica in Beijing. The faculty is pictured in the second row, left to right, Harold Stevenson; unknown; Kees van Lieshout; Bill Hartup; Warner Schaie; Franz Weinert; Sandra Scarr; Robert Seigler; Paul Baltes; and Liu Fan.



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