International Association of Applied Psychology

26th International Congress of Applied Psychology

Athens, Greece

July 16-21, 2006


Progress Report to the Executive Committee


Singapore, July 6-7, 2002



The Hellenic Psychological Society (HPS) and the Association of Greek Psychologists (AGP), which represent academic and applied psychology in Greece through the National Committee of Psychology, will be responsible for the organization of the 26th International Congress of Applied Psychology of the International Association of Applied Psychology to be held in Athens, Greece, July 16-21, 2006. The Presidents of the Congress are James Georgas and Marina Manthouli.


Organizing and Scientific Committees


Organizing Committee


            The Organizing Committee is composed of two members for each office, one from each association. This structure was successful in the organization of the European Congress of Psychology held in 1995 in Athens. The officers of the Organizing Committee are:


Secretaries General:

Elias Besevegis

Vassilike Boukouvala


Theoni Velli

Frosso Motti-Stephanidi




Stamos Papastamou


Ariana Stogiannidou


Stella Vosniadou

Nikos Mavrakis


Anastasios Stalikas

Panagiotis Henas


Scientific Program Committee


Chairs of the Scientific Program Committee are Anastasia Efklides and Thales Papadakis. A local member from Greece will be nominated by each Division of IAAP, upon approval by the Organizing Committee.


Committee and Sub-Committee Structure


            In addition to the existing positions of Secretary General, Treasurer, and Chair of Scientific Program Committee, other committee positions have been programmed. These will be filled by 2004.

            The positions are:


Congress Site


            The main congress site will be the Athens Concert Hall. This hall is also used for the organization of congresses. In addition, an extension is under construction and will be completed by 2003. The number of large lecture rooms and smaller rooms for between 50 to 100 people is approximately 20. It is estimated that approximately 30 rooms will be necessary for the scientific program. The Hilton Hotel, presently undergoing complete renovation and where a large number of rooms will be constructed for congresses, will be employed as the secondary congress site.

            The Athens Concert Hall and the Hilton are located in the center of Athens, and the distance between them is approximately 300 meters. Both facilities are airconditioned. The Metro system has an entrance in front of the Athens Concert Hall, making it easily accessible to all. In addition the bus system and the tram system have stops in front of the Concert Hall and the Hilton.

            The new Eleftherios Venizelos airport is outside of Athens. The new Metro system and buses from the airport will facilitate inexpensive travel to the Congress site. 


On-Site Visit of the IAAP Officers to Athens


            Charles Spielberger, President, Michael Frese, President-Elect, Jose Maria Prieto, Secretary General, and Raymond Fowler, Treasurer met with the Organizing Committee and the Scientific Program Committee in Athens on May 19-21, 2001. Issues related to the organization of the congress were discussed, in addition to visiting the Congress Center and setting the dates for the Congress. The following sections of this report represent issues related to the organization of the congress, together with the incorporation of suggestions of the officers.


Preliminary Budget



Revenues, including registration fees, will be in Euros: 1 Euro = approximately .89 US Dollars. One source of revenues will be contributions from international agencies and from institutions within Greece. The most important source will be Registration fees. 

Decisions regarding the registration fees were influenced by the recent discussions among members of the Executive Committee of IAAP regarding sensitivity to the low-income status of psychologists from low GNP countries. The amount of registration fees will be consistent with the idea of IAAP setting the membership fees on a graded basis, according to the annual income of the members. That is, the registration fees for members from high GNP countries such as the United States, Canada, the European Union, Japan will 400 Euros (approximately $356), while the registration fees for members from low GNP countries will be 250 Euros (approximately $222.50), or 62.5% of the full registration fees. Students will pay 160 Euros. We strongly believe that as much as possible should be done to attract students, future psychologists, to IAAP congresses.

These graded registration fees, with psychologists from high GNP countries paying a relatively high registration fee, may be negatively perceived as too expensive by some psychologists. It essentially means that psychologists from these countries are in effect subsidizing psychologists from low GNP countries. However, western psychologists with wide international experience and commitment to cross-cultural research are aware of the benefits to psychology as a whole of aiding psychologists from low GNP countries. In addition, one of the criteria set by the EC in 1998 for granting the Congress to Athens was to attract psychologists to the Congress and who can become members of IAAP from nations whose psychologists have difficulties, due to economic reasons, in attending major international congresses.

These lower registration fees will also be in accordance with the IAAP policy that 7.5% of the total budget will be allotted for psychologists from low-income countries. In addition, Scholarships for a number psychologists from low-income countries will be sought through grants from international organizations. These scholarships will be awarded primarily to young psychologists on the basis of merit. Grants will also be sought for participants in the ARTS Seminars.

The above discusses refers to registration fees for low-income psychologists. There is still the problem of travel expenses and living expenses of these psychologists. Travel expenses will be relatively low because of proximity for psychologists from the Balkan countries, the Eastern European countries, the Middle East, and North Africa. Many will be able to take a train or bus from their countries. Solving the problem of travel expenses of psychologists from East Asia, most of Africa, South and Central America is not feasible for large numbers of these psychologists, except for the scholarships and grants discussed above. Regarding accommodation expenses, one solution is the “Philoxenia” project, a Greek word meaning hospitality to foreigners. We will organize a program for housing of psychologists and students from low-GNP countries, at homes of members of the Association of Greek Psychologists and the Hellenic Psychological Society. In addition, the Olympic Games to be held in 2004 in Athens has organized the renting of rooms for those attending the games. We will be able to identify homes with low rents for this period. Also, we will find low cost hotels, and other low-cost facilities in Athens.



Following is the table of registration fees in Euros, according to the different categories, and the projected income.



Registration Category


No. of Participants


IAAP member




(422.5 Euro x 2,200 plus non-members & accompanying persons)




Non-member applying for membership




Accompanying Persons


Participants from low-income countries

Participants from low-income countries applying for membership













Exhibitors and Grants

(Estimated as 10% of total revenues)









Expenses (in Euros)




Congress Venue

  5 meeting rooms 300 seats

10 meeting rooms 150 seats

10 meeting 50-100 seats



Accommodation during the Congress

5 Members of EC IAAP & 5 Invited Speakers

IAAP officers







Social Events

Opening Ceremony (3000 participants)

Reception Lunch for Invited Guests (250 persons)

Lunch and dinner during EC meetings (50 members of the EC)

Gala dinner (1500 persons) to be paid by the participants






Meetings of the Organizing Committee (3 meetings of the international committee & local meetings)

air tickets, accommodation, meals, etc




Congress Promotion

 (air tickets, overnights, registrations, receptions etc.)



Secretariat Services


Printed Material






University of Athens (Software / miscellaneous expenses)


Audio Visual Equipment




Congress Bag


Airport Reception (3 shift/6 persons per shift)


Registration Secretariat


Security, Catering, Decorations, etc.


Legal Expenses


Commission to the Congress Organizing Bureau 









Promotion of the Congress


            Promotion of the Congress will be based on the following:


Issues Related to the Organization of the Scientific Program


            The Scientific Program will be organized in close cooperation with the Divisions. The program will consist of:



Language of the Conference


Official languages of the congress are English, French, and Spanish. Some presentations in Greek will be permitted. All the abstracts must be submitted in English.


Professional Site Visits During the Congress


            Professional site visits to institutions in Athens will be organized.


Publications: Program Book and Abstracts


            A program book and book of abstracts will be published. The option of a book of abstracts or a CD will be offered in the Registration form.


Services for Persons with Special Needs


            Services will be available for persons with special needs. The registration form will enable the Congress to prepare in advance for aid for persons with specific needs, e.g., wheelchairs, medical needs.

            Medical staff will be available at the Congress site for first aid.


Commercial Exhibits


            Commercial exhibits will be organized in the Congress site.


Tourist Visits


            A program of tourist visits to archaeological sites, the Greek islands, and resort areas in Athens and other places in Greece for accompanying persons and conference participants, before, during, and after the congress will be arranged.











[1] ICAP2006\SingaporeECReport.doc. May 28, 2002