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The small conference program is part of a collaboration between the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). The purpose of the collaboration is to help strengthen links between the two organizations so that members of each may have opportunities to discuss research questions of mutual interest.

Proposals are invited for grants to support small, international conferences, to be sited in North America or Europe. The next deadline for proposals for future conferences is February 1, 2024, for conferences to be held in 2024 in North America.


  • This program supports one meeting a year.
  • Conference locations will alternate between North America and Europe, with conferences to be held in North America in even-numbered years, and in Europe in odd-numbered years. 
  • A conference can be planned as a pre-conference attached to the SPSSI or EASP convention, but this is not required. Conference planning should allow sufficient advance notice for advertisement to the membership of both organizations.
  • Conference themes should be related to social issues and have international relevance (i.e., not focused on intra-national issues).
  • At least 80% of persons attending the conference should be members of one or both organizations, but the invited individuals should be balanced: with no more than two-thirds of the participants being members of one of the organizations.
  • Each conference should have two organizers, one being a member of SPSSI and one a member of EASP. Preferably one organizer will be located in Europe and the other in North America.


Both SPSSI and EASP will provide $3500, for a total grant of $7000 to support the selected meeting. Only one meeting per year is selected for the award.


Conference organizers are encouraged to facilitate publication of material on the conference topic through the Journal of Social Issues or SPSSI's book series. Regardless of the outlet, any conference-related publication must acknowledge financial support from SPSSI and EASP.


Submit your proposal by e-mail to copying all of the following recipients:

  1. SPSSI Central Office (
  2. EASP’s Executive Officer (
  3. EASP’s Executive Office (

Write "SPSSI-EASP International Conference Application" as the subject of the email to both organizations. 

The application must include:

(1) A cover sheet stating:
    (a) Title of proposed meeting
    (b) Date of proposed meeting 
    (c) Location of proposed meeting
    (d) Names, institutional affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of organizer(s).

(2) A brief summary of why EASP and SPSSI support for a meeting on the topic is suitable and timely, and how EASP and SPSSI members will benefit (no more than three pages).     

(3) A list of potential participants and a description of their distribution (e.g. in terms of geographical origin, gender, career stage, topical interests) with an indication of whether participants are associated with EASP or SPSSI. 

(4) An outlined budget, including how much (if anything) participants would have to pay for registration, accommodation, and food.

(5) Some indication of sources of funding (and other forms of support) other than EASP/SPSSI’s contribution.

(6) The current COVID-19 pandemic makes any planning difficult. Please include information on how you intend to manage the COVID-19 uncertainty, both in terms of your own planning and also in your communication with those you invite/who apply to come to the conference: i.e. what you will do if certain social distancing is still needed (requiring larger rooms, etc.), or if travel restrictions make attendance for many or all participants difficult or impossible. Also what if the conference cannot be held—will you move the conference a year? Will any fees charged to participants be refunded? What if transferring is not an option for you and the conference cannot be held?

(7) A draft announcement for the EASP Bulletin and SPSSI Newsletter (no more than 300 words).


There are two deadlines per year. Check the EASP website for EASP deadlines. SPSSI applications for conferences to be held in 2023 must be received by: 

  • August 1, 2023 for award decisions to be made by October 1, 2022; or
  • February 1, 2024 for award decisions to be made by April 1, 2023 (if funds not already allocated from proposals submitted the preceding August)

The selected conference will be advertised in the SPSSI newsletter going to press most closely following announcement. The conference can also be advertised via SPSSI email blasts and social media posts. 


Advances in LGBTQ+ ResearchContextual Cues, Debates, and Legal Changes
Organizers: Tabea Hassler, Stats Atwood, Leila Eisner, and Thekla Morgenroth
Boston, Massachusetts, USA; October 20-22, 2022

Society in the Classroom: Integrating Perspectives on How Socioeconomic Disparities Unfold in Educational Settings
Organizers: Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, Sébastien Goudeau, and Nicole Stephens
London School of Economics and Political Science, UK; June 30 - July 2, 2022

Self-Affirmation Within Education: Exploring Why, When, and How Self-Affirmation
Interventions Are Effective at Reducing Educational Inequalities

Organizers: Matthew J. Easterbrook, David Sherman, and Peter Harris
University of Sussex, UK; June 27-28, 2019

Mapping Space/Place and Psychology
Organizers: Jessica Salvatore and Thomas Morton
Pittsburgh, USA; June 2018

To be Both (and More): Immigration and Identity Multiplicity
Organizers: Fenella Fleischmann, Kay Deaux, Maykel Verkuyten, and Shaun Wiley
Utrecht University, Netherlands; September 2017

Understanding Hate Crime: Multi-Disciplinary Analyses
Organizers: Rupert Brown, Blair T. Johnson, and Mark Walters
Connecticut, USA; June 2016

Times Are a-Changing but Men’s Roles Are Slow to Change: Developing a Research Agenda on the Underrepresentation of Men in Communal Roles
Organizers: Toni Schmader and Colette van Laar
Leuven, Belgium; November 5-7, 2015

The Great Recession and Social Class Divides
Organizers: Susan Fiske and Miguel Moya
Princeton, New Jersey, USA; September 4-6, 2014

Proactive Behaviour Across Group Boundaries: Seeking and Maintaining Positive Interactions With Outgroup Members
Organizers: Todd Pittinsky, Birte Siem, and Stefan Sturmer
Stony Brook, New York, USA; November 30 - December 2, 2012

Meaning and Existential Psychology
Organizers: Travis Proulx and Kees van de Bos
Tilburg, Netherlands; November 17-18, 2011

Forgotten Alternatives: Denaturalizing Conditions of Injustice and Exclusion
Organizers: Michelle Fine, Susan Opotow, Xenia Chryssochoou, and Dario Spini
New York, USA; March 17-20, 2010

Uncertainty and Extremism
Organizers: Michael Hogg, Kees van den Bos, and Arie Kruglanski
Los Angeles, USA; November 16-19, 2009

Intergroup Contact: Recent Advancements in Basic and Applied Research
Organizers:  Oliver Christ, Miles Hewstone, Linda Tropp, Ulrich Wagner
Marburg, Germany; August 28-30, 2008

International Perspectives on Immigration, Immigrants, and Hosts: Perceptions, Interactions, and Transformations. A Small Group Meeting in Honor of Kenneth Dion
Organizers: Kay Deaux, Victoria Esses, Ulrich Wagner, Rupert Brown, and Richard Lalonde
Toronto, Canada; May 31-June 2, 2007

Multiple Perspectives on Real World Helping and Social Action
Organizers: Allen Omoto, Elena Marta, Debra Mashek, Maura Pozzi, Mark Snyder, and Stefan Stürmer
Long Beach, California, USA; June 22, 2006

The Social Psychological Analysis of Social Inclusion and Exclusion
Organizers: Victoria Esses, Dominic Abrams, and Miles Hewstone
Canterbury, England, UK; Sept 11-14, 2003

Prejudice and Racism
Organizers: Miguel Moya, Armando Rodriguez, Jacques-Philippe Leyens, and Jack Dovidio
Granada, Spain; May 22-27, 2001


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