VIRTUAL BAPS 2020 MEETING - UPDATE BY OUR PRESIDENT

BAPS wants to stay resilient in these difficult times. This is why we have decided to maintain a virtual version of the annual meeting. There is probably an even stronger need now to make our community of psychology researchers highly connected.

 

I am happy to announce that despite the circumstances, we can provide a wonderful scientific program on May 27th, including a keynote address by Bernard Rimé, talks by Rakoen Martens (best master thesis award) and Pieter Van Dessel (early career award).

We are also finalizing one symposium slot with parallel sessions.

One of them will be dedicated to a selection of current studies looking at psychological dimensions of the covid19 pandemia (see below).

People will also have the opportunity to leave a static or a video recording of their accepted talk or poster on a open access repository. Thanks already to all of you who responded positively to this initiative.

To get all the details, stay tuned on https://www.baps2020.be/ , Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BelgianAssociationforPsychologicalSciences/) or Twitter (@BapSciences ).

If you already have data to communicate or if you want to present the goals of your ongoing study at the virtual annual meeting on May 27th, please send an email to Olivier Luminet before May 3rd and we will make our best to include your presentation in the program.

SEND INFO ABOUT YOUR COVID-19 INITIATIVES TO BAPS

BAPS is collecting information about all the studies that have been, are still ongoing, or planned to be launched in Belgium regarding psychological dimensions in relation with the covid19 pandemic. The results of those studies can be highly informative for the scientific community but also for the professionals in psychology, and more largely for the political authorities, the media, and the Belgian population.

 

Providing clear scientific evidence at a moment during which so much information – not always reliable or based on scientific evidence – is communicated through various channels is particularly crucial. This initiative is also taken in the broader context of the objective of the executive committee to develop a liaison group at BAPS that will facilitate the communication between researchers in psychological science on the one hand and the public opinion and the media on the other hand.

 

We would therefore like to receive information about all initiatives that are undertaken by Belgian psychological scientists so that we can make these initiatives better known to the large public audience. If you are involved in such studies, please complete the in the following document:

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cLesVU5ABH9VmZzdjj8D9VI9DR-oHjEhHpSLIjLsBZo/edit?usp=sharing

 

If you are involved in communication to a large audience regarding the current pandemic (this involves blogs, vulgarization articles, long interviews in the generalists and specialized media), please complete the following document:

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/108uMfNS-NXk3pN__0zSjH95CeV577HUYIbtA0eqYxR0/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

A last important information. If you already have data to communicate or if you want to present the goals of your ongoing study at the virtual annual meeting on May 27th, please send me an e-mail before May 3rd and we will make our best to include your presentation in the program.