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At ICPA 12 there will be four modes of presentation:

1. Invited Symposia
2. Open Forums
3. Posters
4. Workshops

Approximately half of the oral papers presented at ICPA 12 will be in a particular Invited Symposium. The other half of the papers will be general submissions to Open Forums and will be grouped accordingly by topic if and when natural classes emerge.

Importantly, there will be an increased number of open submissions at ICPA 12 that are grouped after submission according to natural classification - as is quite standard with international conferences. Consequently, there will be fewer invited symposia than in recent years (i.e., fewer cases whereby the symposium organiser explicitly invites certain individuals to present).


You are hereby invited as potential symposium organisers to begin thinking about themes for ICPA 12 and submit your proposals for consideration to the ICPA Scientific Committee. Each symposium (90 minutes long) should be carefully considered and consist of four speakers, each of which would have a maximum of 20 minutes (15 minutes to present, with 5 mins questions immediately following each individual's talk - the audience's questions should not be delayed until the session's end. Ten minutes at the session's end will afford extra time for integrative questioning and discussion with all the four speakers). Symposium organisers should submit a clear explanation of the reasons for the symposium, who the speakers will be, a sufficiently detailed abstract of each speaker's topic, and, importantly, what the interrelations between each of the speaker's topics will be - the aim should be for each ICPA 12 symposium to emphasise interrelations and resonance across topics. A small but sufficient number of well-designed, stimulating, and carefully considered symposia will make for an exciting and democratic conference! To this end, it is suggested that symposia organisers consider themes that might be hot topics in ecological psychology or conceptually challenging concepts in perception-action research in general, and thus create a symposium that will be of interest and wide appeal to all conference delegates. Theoretical issues should be emphasized and should be at the forefront of the Invited Symposia - empirical data and argument from the individual speakers can then contribute to clarifying the particular theoretical issue under examination.


Submissions for oral presentation are invited from both the ecological and general scientific community (i.e., those not explicitly within the ecological psychology tradition). However, papers that do not address issues typically examined by ecological psychologists have less chance of being accepted. Typical topics can be viewed under Previous Conferences. Also the International Society for Ecological Psychology (ISEP) website has links to relevant literature and related research centres which can give a flavour of what an ICPA conference is all about. Thus, although the Open Forums are explicitly designed to allow those individuals to present who have not been personally invited by the Invited Symposia organisers, still, the proposed topic must be relevant to the ecological psychology community - it is after all ICPA! If you have doubts, submit your proposed paper and the Scientific Committee will consider it.


As with all previous ICPA, poster presentations are always a highly anticipated and extremely enjoyable aspect of the conference. Posters will be on display in two sessions and for two full days in each with a dedicated poster session at the conclusion of each day during refreshments. Posters will also be on display during coffee breaks thus affording continual viewing. Submissions to the poster session are welcomed and although they will not be as strictly reviewed as submissions to the time-critical oral presentations, as per usual, poster topics must be of relevance to ICPA delegates.


We are considering holding a workshop or two at ICPA 12. Depending on the number and kind of submissions for oral presentation, and given sufficient time, it may be possible to hold one or at most two highly interactive sessions in workshop mode. The workshop might examine in detail a pertinent and hopefully controversial theoretical issue within ecological psychology. One (or perhaps more) person(s) would lead an extended but careful outline of the problem or issue and then audience members would be given chances for related hands-on experiences. This would, however, require much more than a show-and-tell lecture and might involve computer simulations on several individual workstations, experiential activities, or something quite different… Be creative and consider the possibilities of a workshop and discuss it amongst yourselves.



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