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It is with great sadness that BAPS has recently learned of the loss of Paul Eelen. Bernard Rimé's words remind us about what an exceptional scientist and person Paul Eelen was:

In Memoriam

 With the disappearance of Paul Eelen, the community of psychological sciences in our country has lost one of its most prominent players. Specialist of the experimental study of learning, Professor Paul Eelen oriented early his research towards the study of challenging issues of clinical psychology. He thus became a pioneer in the scientific study of emotions and opened the way to evidence-based psychological intervention. His original work has rapidly figured at the forefront of international research. Paul Eelen had a special gift to detect young talents. He surrounded himself with numerous collaborators with whom he shared a taste for a robust science in the field of psychology. Many external observers have admired him in the special care he took of each of them. He thus led in the spirit of the Good Shepherd one of the most productive teams in the country. Beyond Paul's scientific contributions, all his colleagues remember him as a person with exceptional human qualities.

Bernard Rimé

Past President of the Belgian Psychological Society (now Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences)

The new President's Address can be found here below.

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Update about the forthcoming annual BAPS meeting

Our next annual meeting in 2016 will take place on Tuesday the 24th of May 2016 and will be organized by members of the Thomas More University College in Antwerpen and the University of Ghent.  

The two keynote speakers will be Professor Manos Tsakiris (Royal Holloway University of London) and Professor Charles Sanislow (Wesleyan University, USA).

There will be also invited symposia on the following topics:
1. The Autism Spectrum Disorder in (young) adults (Dieter Baeyens, KU Leuven)
2. Cognitive processes underlying pain (Geert Crombez, UGent)
3. Visual Consciousness (Filip Van Opstal, ULB)
4. The underlying mechanisms of antisocial behavior (Inti Brazil, Radboud University Nijmegen, and Kasia Uzieblo, UGent, Thomas More)

The call for abstracts for talks and posters is now open. The deadline for abstract submissions for poster presentations, oral presentations and symposia has been extended to the 17th of March 2016. More information about the meeting is available on the conference website. See the conference flyer.

Update about Psychologica Belgica

As from January 2014, Psychologica Belgica will be published as an open access journal by Ubiquity Press. Note that publication of accepted articles will be subjected to an author processing charge of £300 to cover publication costs. IMPORTANT NOTICE: FOR ARTICLES SUBMITTED BY BAPS MEMBERS, THERE WILL BE NO CHARGES. IN ORDER FOR THIS CONDITION TO APPLY, EITHER THE FIRST OR THE LAST AUTHOR OF THE ARTICLE NEEDS TO BE A BAPS MEMBER FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR. This applies to all articles as submitted from November 20th 2013. More information about Psychologica Belgica. To go directly to the online submission platform, see Ubiquity Press.

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About BAPS

The Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences (BAPS) organizes several activities among which:

  • an annual meeting gathering 200 to 300 researchers, professors and students working in the Belgian universities (as well as international speakers and participants)

  • the publication of the journal "Psychologia Belgica"

  • a mailing list to circulate conference and seminar announcements, job adverts, etc. Any person interested in scientific research in psychological sciences can join the mailing list.

  • the Best Master Thesis award (More information)

Affiliation to the BAPS (see Members section for details) gives additional advantages including:

  • free access to the annual meeting

  • free processing charges to the open access journal of the society if you are first or last author: Psychologica Belgica

  • automatic affiliation to the Belgian Federation of Psychologists (BFP) of which BAPS is a member association; BAPS members also enjoy all BFP membership advantages including:

    • the BFP electronic newsletter which keeps members informed about current issues and events concerning Psychology in Belgium;

    • Psychologos, the 3-monthly BFP journal (available to BAPS members as well as to all members of BFP). The newsletter contains all kinds of information about scientific and professional activities in psychology, including editorials about current events of importance to Psychological Research and Professionals in Belgium; information about the activities of the Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences and the Federation, its working groups and committees, and related (international) organizations and universities; special information about meetings, symposia, conferences, training programs, etc.; information regarding the scientific activities of members of the Association (new Ph.D.s, new books, new members, etc.); summaries of current research projects conducted at different research centers.

    • there is also a LinkedIn group where members and non-members (already more than 900) actively discuss publications and projects. See  for more information on the LinkedIn group.

    • discounted affiliation fees are available for master and PhD students (see Members section for details).


Presidential Address

Dear (current and future) BAPS members,

It is the privilege of the newly elected president to address the members, and it is my pleasure to do so. Indeed, it is with great proud that I have accepted to proceed in the footsteps of famous predecessors such as Michotte, Bertelson, d’Ydewalle, and others, to foster the science of psychology and the well-being of those who are active in psychological research in Belgium. I have a simple yet ambitious mission. I want to bridge as many gaps as possible during my presidency.

First, I want to unite the two language communities of psychologists who are active in psychological research in Belgium. The current generation wonders why we would not collaborate more with nearby neighbors across the language border, sometimes only 30 km away, rather than investing lots of time and effort to align skype conversations with our colleagues in time zones that are sometimes 8 to 16 hours away. The slightly different cultures and contexts within which we work in the two language communities in Belgium make it a bit harder to come up with general measures that serve all needs but they also enrich our society. Our communities are also connected somewhat differently internationally, and that is another source of added value.

Second, I want to work hard to try to better connect our science to the wide range of practical applications of psychology in everyday life. The challenge holds both ways, from science to practice, translating our research into practical implications, and from practice to science, finding inspiration for scientific research in problems of fundamental importance to people’s  health, well-being and happiness. I am convinced that we can do more that is of real value to society. Many sources of concern to children, adolescents, adults and elderly alike relate to psychological issues, and academics have an enormous responsibility to ensure that our scientific discoveries help psychologists in all sectors of professional life to use their knowledge and skills wherever possible.

Third, as a means to support the second goal but also as a goal in its own right, I want to strengthen our ties with researchers and teachers who are active at academic institutions responsible for professional bachelor’s degrees in psychology-related disciplines. To facilitate this, we now have Kasia Uzieblo as member in the Executive Committee, who belongs to the academic staff of the university college Thomas More, one of the largest of such schools. Watch out for new initiatives from this end!

Fourth, in line with the ambition to have a larger impact on society, I want psychologists to reach out more towards other disciplines who work in related areas of science and society. More than ever, psychologists are in an excellent position to bridge the gaps between the humanities, the biomedical sciences, science and technology. Our scientific background and expertise are rooted both in philosophy, language, and culture, as well as in biology, genetics, and neuroscience, and some of us are capable of sophisticated data analysis, programming, and modeling. We speak all the languages that are needed to increase the understanding between the other monolingual sciences. Psychologists can stand at the cross-roads of the multidisciplinary research traffic that is more needed than anything else to address real-life problems of considerable breadth and depth, and we can point the others in the right directions and make sure they keep on the proper paths. Indeed, psychology is a hub science. We should treasure this function and more actively engage in that role.

Fifth, and finally, in line with our strategic location in Europe and our multilingual and multicultural heritage, I think we could become more active on the international front as well. Belgium has a great many beautiful cities and well-situated universities. Our psychological research and scientists are respected world-wide. We have an excellent reputation as organizers, equally efficient as the Germans and the Dutch, and with as many pleasures of life as the French and the Italians. Our annual meetings are already more international than they used to be but we think we could try to attract even more participants from neighboring countries. We will also try to host one of our annual meetings jointly with another European society (in 2017 perhaps). And why would we not try to attract more international scientific events here? Amsterdam has just hosted a big international meeting of the International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS, under the auspices of the Association for Psychological Science, APS) in March. Perhaps we can consider trying a similar big event somewhere in Belgium in a couple of years from now?

In the meantime, of course, we continue to do what we have to do – that is, to ensure continuous publication of high-quality papers in Psychologica Belgica, to encourage young researchers with the Best Thesis and Poster Awards, and to organize interesting and stimulating annual meetings, where we can learn about each other’s recent findings and discuss possible collaborations. The next one of these will be organized by our VUB colleagues, on May 28, in the beautiful buildings of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KVAB), centrally located in Brussels and easy to reach by everyone. Mark your calendar, encourage your collaborators and students to participate and submit abstracts. It promises to be a very exciting day, so let us try to make it a full house and show how active and flourishing psychology in Belgium is anno 2015!

Yours truly,

Johan Wagemans, BAPS President

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The Belgian Psychological Society was founded in 1946 on the initiative of A. Michotte (read about the short review of the history of the society). The society's purpose was and is still to bring together all persons living in Belgium who are interested in the scientific development of Psychology and its applications.

The latest statutes/ constitution was ratified by the general assembly meeting, on May 5th, 2005. You can download the english version of the text. The rules of procedures are available here.


Affiliations, Liaisons and Partnerships

Full membership to BAPS also makes you a member of the Belgian Federation of Psychology (FBP). The BFP was founded in 1979 and coordinates the various associations of psychologists. Its purpose is to safeguard the rights and professional interests of its members. Under the impulse of the Federation, the statute of a psychologist is now regulated by law, and rules of ethical conduct have been issued. The Federation acts as a representative for its members when dealing with official bodies and other associations. Our organization has actively participated in the creation of the FBP. As the task of the latter concerns the professional interest psychologists, BAPS was able to concentrate more on its scientific mission.

BAPS is officially represented in the National Committee for Psychological Sciences at the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts of Belgium. This committee aims to promote Belgian cooperation with international and interdisciplinary projects initiated by the International Council of Scientific Unions and the International Union of Psychological Science. BAPS is also a founding member of the International Union of Psychological science (I.U.Psy.S.). The I.U.Psy.S. was founded in 1951 and at present unites 51 national associations of psychology.

Up to two members of BAPS have been chosen as chairman of the I.U.Psy.S. The current president of the I.U.Psy.S. is Géry d'Ydewalle, the past-president of our society. The I.U.Psy.S. organizes the International Congress of Psychology every four years (1992 in Brussels, 1996 in Montreal, 2000 in Stockholm). All members of the Society are invited to take part in this conference. The I.U.Psy.S. also takes other initiatives to promote the international collaboration for the development of psychology as a science. As a member of the Society, you can purchase publications of the I.U.Psy.S. at a reduced price (International Directory of Psychologists, International Journal of Psychology, etc.). In July 1992, the Belgian Psychological Society organized the 25th International Congress of Psychology in Brussels. At that time, it had been well over a century ago that psychological science had begun to settle itself independently in Europe - notably in Belgium too (Brussels, Gent, Louvain, Liège). This meeting of considerable scientific importance was highly stimulating for the further growth of psychology in Belgium, from a societal as well as from a scientific point of view.

BAPS is also represented in several committees (Scientific Affairs Board; Board of Educational Affairs) of EFPA (European Federation of Psychologist's Associations).


BAPS Mailing List

Members of the Society can exchange information through an electronic mailing list called "baps". At this point, the mailing list is essentially used to let interested parties know about seminars and conferences organized by members.

To subscribe to the BAPS mailing list, send an email to with the text Subscribe in the subject and the message part.

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To unsubscribe from the BAPS mailing list, send an email to with the text Unsubscribe in the subject and the message part.

Send your messages of general interest to members of the Association by mailing them with the following address: baps@

In case of problems with the mailing list, please contact Frank Van Overwalle