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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.

Upcoming ISSBD Regional Workshops in 2018:

Theme: Social competencies and interpersonal relationships: from the individual to the context
Hosted by: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Faculty of Education - Department of Psychology
Dates: 5-7 February 2018, Milan, Italy
Submit applications by: 20 September 2017.
Read the full announcement here

Upcoming ISSBD Regional Workshops in 2017:

12th ISSBD African Regional workshop
Theme: Researching into Adaptive Behaviours in Contexts of Change: Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Approaches for Early Career Scholars in Africa
Hosted by: University of Education, Winneba (UEW); Ghana
NEW DATES: 30th October - 2nd November, 2017 in Winneba (UEW), Ghana
Read the full announcement here and the call for applications here

Previous workshops include

  • Theme: Values and the Development of Southeast Asian Youth
    Hosted by: This workshop will be hosted by the Department of Psychology of Padjadjaran University, Indonesia.
    Dates: July 16-19, 2017 in Bandung, Indonesia
    Deadline for submission: March 1st, 2017
    Read the full announcement here
    Have a look at the website here:

  • International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) in collaboration with the
    European Association of Developmental Psychology (EADP)
    Theme: Positive Youth Development in Times of Social Change
    Dates: July 2-6, 2017, Island of Syros, Greece
    Read the full announcement here

    Proposed Dates: 26 February- 2 March 2017
    To be hosted by
    Research Center for Educational Innovations and Teaching and Learning Excellence
    Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
    Read the full announcement here

  • Workshop on Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Development across the Life-span
    Geneva, Switzerland, 2-6 September 2015.

    by Ilona Skoczen´
    Cardinal Stefan Wyszyn´ ski University in Warsaw,

    One of the main initiatives of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) is the organization of regional workshops. This year’s workshop took place in Geneva and it was devoted to the cognitive, emotional and social development processes across the life-span. In total, ten professors and forty early career scholars, who represented different countries around the world, attended the workshop.
    The workshop was organized by Prof. Anik de Ribaupierre, Prof. Matthias Kliegel and Dr. Nathalie Mello from the University of Geneva. The workshop’s program included plenary lectures, discussions and individual presentations in the form of scientific posters. The main focus of the lectures was the conceptual, methodological and analytical challenges in research on human development. Following each lecture, ample time was given for an open discussion, giving participants a chance to share our insights and current experiences in the field of social science. Young scholars had an opportunity to present their studies and results in the form of posters. Presentations were mainly related to cognitive functions, perception, emotions, self-regulation, parental psychopathology, psychometrics and effectiveness of intervention programs. Additionally, about a half of the workshop participants had the chance to take part in a one-day training ‘‘Scientific writing for psychologists,’’ run by prof. Robert Kail from Purdue University, USA. The program also included a social event–a cruise dinner on the Leman Lake to enable participants get a closer experience of Geneva.
    Regional workshops organized under the patronage of the ISSBD are an excellent opportunity for early career scholars to receive feedback, get new inspirations, make new friends in the international arena, set up new networks, and start collaborations.

  • Regional Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya – 4-6 November, 2015.

    The 11th African Regional ISSBD workshop was held from 4th to 6th November 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya at the Kenyatta University Conference Centre. The convenors of the workshop were Prof. Kofi Marfo of the Aga Khan University and Dr. Maureen Mweru of Kenyatta University. Topics covered during the workshop included grant writing; methodological and conceptual considerations in studying vulnerable populations; effective academic paper and poster presentations; effective application of research findings; and prospects and challenges when conducting human development research in Africa. The workshop facilitators included Prof. Suman Verma from Panjab University, India; Dr. Julie Robinson from Flinders University, Australia; Dr. Amina Abubakar from Lancaster University, UK; Prof. Esther Akinsola from University of Lagos, Nigeria and Prof. Paul Oburu from Maseno University, Kenya. The early career scholars present were from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

  • 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.


Impact evaluation of ISSBD African Regional Workshops 1992 – 2015

by Robert Serpell, Bame Nsamenang, Suman Verma, Anne Petersen

A report of the evaluation of ISSBD African Regional Workshops can be found here
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