International Union of Psychological Science

International Union of Psychological Science
Abbreviation IUPsyS
Formation 1950
Region served
Official language
Saths Cooper
Parent organization
International Council for Science
Website IUPsyS Official website

The International Union of Psychological Science, abbreviated IUPsyS or the Union, is the global umbrella organization for psychology. The Unions president is Saths Cooper of South Africa, and the vice-president is Tor Levin Hofgaard of Norway both of which were elected in 2012.

Founded in 1950, IUPsyS represents around one million psychologists worldwide. It is composed of 82 National Members [1] (national psychology organizations or coalitions of national psychology organizations, one per country), and 17 affiliate or special liaison organizations. Together, these organizations represent the large majority of organized psychology today.

The overall mission [2] of IUPsyS as specified in its statutes [3] is the development, representation and advancement of psychology as a basic and applied science regionally, nationally, and internationally. This is accomplished through a variety of activities including quadrennial international congresses (the IUPsyS is the sponsor of the International Congress of Psychology),regional conferences, and workshops; publications; capacity building; development of standards; promulgation of policy; and information dissemination.

IUPsyS operates according to a strategic plan.[4] IUPsyS is a member of the International Council for Science (ICSU),[5] the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and is accredited with the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations (ECOSOC and DPI).

The International Journal of Psychology (IJP)[6] is the official journal of the IUPsyS, published by Psychology Press. It provides articles and reviews in every domain of psychology and informs the international community about issues of common interest in its International Platform Section.

The IUPsyS website[7] provides information about IUPsyS and its activities. IUPsyS hosts Psychology Resources Around the World,[8] a web portal with information on the organizations and structure of psychology in 190 countries, and links to psychology information and resources around the world. Other publications include a news Bulletin, Newsletter, informational brochures, and books including a History of the Union, the International Handbook of Psychology, and an international compendium of Psychological Concepts.

The activities undertaken by the IUPsyS are generally organized through its three Standing Committees: Strategic Planning, Capacity Building, Publications and Communications, and their associated Work Groups.[9]

The IUPsyS sponsors a variety of capacity building programs. These include: the biennial Advanced Research Training Seminar (ARTS) [10][11] program that provides training opportunities for scholars from low-income countries to learn about new and up-to-date methodologies and carried forward to their own research programs and to other psychologists in their home communities; capacity building workshops at Regional Conferences of Psychology,[12] and topic-driven capacity building workshop series. In 2012 the IUPsyS is sponsoring a capacity building workshop on the Asian-Pacific region.[13]

The IUPsyS also supports cooperation and exchange among members of the world community of psychologists through regular communication with its National Member organizations, in the biennial meetings of the Assembly of the Union, and through its web and print publications.

Conferences & Presidents [14]
Nr. Year Conference Chaired Term President
32. 2020 Prague  Czech Republic 2020-2024
31. 2016 Yokohama  Japan Kazuo Shigemasu [15] 2016-2020 Pam Maras  United Kingdom
30. 2012 Cape Town  South Africa Saths Cooper 2012-2016 Saths Cooper  South Africa
29. 2008 Berlin  Germany Peter A. Frensch 2008-2012 Rainer K. Silbereisen  Germany
28. 2004 Beijing  China Quicheng Jing 2004-2008 Bruce J. Overmier  United States
27. 2000 Stockholm  Sweden Lars-Göran Nilsson 2000-2004 Michel Denis  France
26. 1996 Montréal  Canada David Bélanger 1996-2000 Géry d'Ydewalle  Belgium
25. 1992 Brussels  Belgium Paul Bert Elson & Géry d'Ydewalle 1992-1996 Kurt Pawlik  Germany
24. 1988 Sydney  Australia Peter Sheehan 1988-1992 Mark R. Rosenzweig  United States
23. 1984 Acapulco  Mexico Rogelio Diaz-Guerrero 1984-1988 Wayne H. Hotlzman  United States
22. 1980 Leipzig  East Germany Friedhart Klix 1980-1984 Friedhart Klix  East Germany
21. 1976 Paris  France Paul Fraisse 1976-1980 A. Summerfield  United Kingdom
20. 1972 Tokyo  Japan Moriji Sagara 1972-1976 J. Nuttin  Belgium
19. 1969 London  United Kingdom George C. Drew 1969-1972 R. W. Russell  United States
18. 1966 Moscow  Russia Alexei N. Leontiev 1966-1969 P. Fraisse  France
17. 1963 Washington, D.C.  United States Otto Klineberg 1963-1966 James Drever  United Kingdom
16. 1960 Bonn  West Germany Wolfgang Metzger 1960-1963 O. Klineberg  United States
15. 1957 Brussels  Belgium Albert Michotte 1957-1960 Albert Michotte  Belgium
14. 1954 Montréal  Canada Edward A. Bott & Edward C. Tolman 1954-1957 J. Piaget   Switzerland
Conferences before naming IUPsyS:
13. 1951 Stockholm  Sweden David Katz
Statutes of the International Society
1951-1954 Henri Piéron  France
12. 1948 Edinburgh  United Kingdom James Drever Sr., decision to establish the International Society
11. 1937 Paris  France Henri Pieron
10. 1932 Copenhagen  Denmark Harald Höffding & Edgar Rubin
9. 1929 New Haven  United States James McKeen Cattell
8. 1926 Groningen  Netherlands Gerardus Heymans
7. 1923 Oxford  United Kingdom Charles S. Myers
6. 1909 Geneva   Switzerland Théodore Flournoy
5. 1905 Rome  Italy Giuseppe Sergi
4. 1900 Paris  France Théodule A. Ribot
3. 1896 Munich  Germany Carl Stumpf
2. 1892 London  United Kingdom Henry Sidgwick
1. 1889 Paris  France Jean M. Charcot & Théodule A. Ribot

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