Interaction Groups have a long history at ISPA conferences. Already in 1977, at the 2nd International School Psychology Colloquium in Denmark, ‘Small Interaction Groups for all Participants’ were an integral part of the conference program, and they have continued to be an appreciated feature of ISPA conferences ever since.
The aim of Interaction Group meetings is to connect old and new ISPA members and participants of the conference by sharing ideas about school psychology. Interaction Group meetings are a good opportunity to get in contact with colleagues from all over the world in an informal way. Over the years, the outcome of these meetings has been manifold: They have been a starting point for international cooperation on research topics, for exchanges on psychological practice in schools, and even for life-long friendships.
An Interaction Group consists of about 20 participants and is hosted by a facilitator. He or she is an ISPA-member who has been attending several ISPA-conferences and knows the association well. At recent ISPA conferences, there were usually two meetings, and several groups met at the same time.
In Basel, Marjolein Meinen and Odeth Bloemberg will again be in charge of organising the Interaction Groups. Everyone is invited to participate! When registering for this ISPA conference, registrants will be asked whether they intend to join an Interaction Group on July 10 and July 11 from 12:40 to 13:20 at the conference venue. This will be after lunch: Lunch boxes will be distributed at 12:00, and the Scientific Program will start again at 13:30.
We are looking forward to meeting you in Basel!