Round Table Discussions


The EASP Diversity project (18.20 – 19.30, Room: Manuel Falla)

Nóra Lantos, Boglárka Nyúl, Stephen Reicher, Torun Lindholm

EASP is committed to promote and support all types of diversity within the association—gender, geographic, thematic, and methodological—and to facilitate a supportive and inclusive environment for members from a diverse membership. To ensure this goal is achieved, the Executive Committee has commissioned an analysis of the past and present situation regarding diversity within the organization across all our activities (awards, grants, meetings, etc.). A Diversity Working Party (WP) has collected and analyzed existing data to determine whether there is a need for more systematic analyses into barriers to and facilitators of diversity in EASP. In this GM session, the WP presents and discusses key findings from this project. The results include analyses of membership over time broken down by geography, gender, age, and level; data on meeting participation, Presidents, EC members, prize winners, meeting organizers, and journal editors/associate editors/editorial boards broken down by the same categories plus (where appropriate) thematic and methodological approach. The audience is invited to participate in a discussion of conclusions and practical proposals for increasing the diversity within the organization.


An introduction to the European Research Council and to the Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants calls (13.20 – 14.20, Room: Manuel Falla)

Inês Pio, Scientific Officer ERC

The European Research Council is the first pan-European funding body for frontier research, set up in 2007 to substantially strengthen and shape the European research system.

The ERC funding schemes are open to top researchers of any nationality or age who wish to carry out their research in a public or private research organisation located in one of the 28 EU Member States or in associated countries. There are three core funding schemes:

  • Starting Grants (grants up to €1,5 million for five years);
  • Consolidator Grants (grants up to €2 million); and
  • Advanced Grants (grants up to €2.5 million).

The presentation at the 18th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology will introduce the European Research Council and explain, from a practical perspective, the characteristics of the Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants calls. The presentation will count with the advice and experiences from two ERC grantees - Thomas Webb from Sheffield University and Sonja Utz from Tuebingen University who will share with prospective applicants their experiences in applying and being funded by the ERC.

Building Support for Social Psychologists at Risk (18.20 – 19.30, Room: Manuel Falla)

Manuela Barreto (Chair and EASP President)
Members of the Platform for Social Psychologists in Turkey
Fouad Bou Zeineddine
Katherine Reynolds (President of ISPP)

Across the world, academics in general and social psychologists in particular are increasingly facing hard times. Some are having to flee from conflict and war. Some are facing religious, political and other forms of persecution. Others are the target of repression from authoritarian regimes. And yet others are caught up in travel bans and other exclusionary measures. EASP, in conjunction with ISPP, has already taken a number of measures in responses to specific crises, notably in Turkey. How should we and how can we go further? What are the most pressing needs of our colleagues at risk and how can we meet them? The aim of this session is to hear from such colleagues, to learn about current initiatives, and – most importantly – to generate ideas for new, effective forms of solidarity. All members are invited to come and contribute to this urgent discussion.


Journal Editors Answer Your Questions About Changing Reporting and Evidence Standards (13.20 – 14.20, Room: Manuel Falla)

Roger Giner-Sorolla (JESP), Simine Vazire (SPPS), Vivian L. Vignoles (EJSP), Hanna Zagefka (BJSP), Colin W. Leach (PSPB), Kai Jonas (CRSP)

Increasingly, journal editors are recognizing the need to address recent concerns about evidence, reporting and evaluation in social psychological research. In this innovative and responsive format, your questions about changes in journal standards will be collected via the EASP mailing list in June, and the most frequently asked questions will be put to a panel of lead editors in social/personality psychology journals including: Roger Giner-Sorolla (JESP), Colin Leach (PSPB), Simine Vazire (SPPS), Viv Vignoles (EJSP), Kai Jonas (CRSP) and Hanna Zagefka (BJSP). If time remains, some questions from the audience will also be taken.