Secretary’s General report

June 2002

José M. Prieto

 

 

Four years have elapsed since we met in San Francisco during the 24th ICAP. A room was allocated by the University of Madrid to host the office of the IAAP secretariat in the Faculty of Psychology.

 

This period has been very active as a consequence of the fact that 57 out of 59 members in the Executive Committee have been in the mailing list and it has allowed us to exchange information and discuss specific questions and matters on a regular basis. It has introduced a fast way of approaching issues by sharing views via e-mail and by obtaining feedback or assistance in the decision making process.

 

The main innovation has been the availability online of the IAAP directory in the server http://copsa.cop.es/iaap/ that may be reached through a link from http://www.iaapsy.org/, that is  our homepage. This directory is updated every three months, as soon as we received the right file from Blackwell. The directory may be searched typing the name of a person, for instance, and the output is individual records. Also corrections may be introduced and send directly to Blackwell staff to have changes added to the IAAP database.  The online directory is protected and cannot be copied illegally.  This is a quite advanced service that only a few psychological associations do have all around the world. Jose Ramon Correas has supplied technical assistance in the background as system administrator.

 

Another related innovation has been the electronic application form to become a member of the IAAP. An average of 150 people have submitted their application electronically and a copy was sent to Blackwell secretariat and another was kept in our homepage for control purposes.  Again  Jose Ramon Correas has supplied technical assistance in the background as programmer.

 

Another related innovation has been the availability of two email addresses, iaap@psi.ucm.es and iaap@correo.cop.es where email messages received were answered at least every week and very often every two days. Each year an student was recruited, evidencing a good profile in English and NICT. They devoted time and efforts and provided regular service to IAAP members and correspondents. Their names have been Fernando Rambla, Araceli Sánchez and Daniel Pérez.  As an average about 20-30 email messages have been answered every week during the last four years.  

 

Another related innovation has been the online availability of the electronic version of the IAAP newsletter during the last four year. As soon as the document was sent to print by Ingrid Lunt and electronic file was sent to the IAAP secretariat and the file has been transformed to HTML format and made available online in the homepage of the IAAP. It meant that the electronic version aof each newsletter has been at the disposal of our member about 3-4 weeks before it was distributed in printed format.

 

The main important change has been the transition from Psychology Press to Blackwell that occurred by the fall 1999 and the spring 2000. Membership-related issues became an unexpected trap solved parsimoniously a few weeks before our last EC meeting in Stockholm.

 

In San Francisco the IAAP fee structure moved from a 3 level to a sliding scale depending on the salary and in Stockholm we decide to return to a 3 level structure, standard (60 US$), reduced (40 US$) and subsidized (20 US$) fee. During the last two years 1 out of 3 members get the benefit of the subsidized fee category. Comparative analysis with psychological societies which have strong presence in low income countries or regions show they use the standard and reduced fee categories for the same amount but the category of subsidized fee is conspicuously absent. A lesson to be learned stresses that fee structures must remain as simple as possible because sliding scales generate rather expensive administrative problems.

 

Six out of fourteen divisions came online and sponsor a homepage devoted to making available online divisional information concerning plans and activities and keep independent URL address located in several universities’ servers:  

·        Division 1: Work and Organizational Psychology

·        Division 4: of Environmental Psychology

·        Division5: Educational, Instructional & School Psychology

·        Division 8: Health Psychology

·        Division 13: Traffic Psychology

·         Division 14. Applied Cognitive Psychology

 

The program Action 100 was launched in Montreal (1996) under the leadership of James Georgas.  In Stockholm (2000) it was decided to change the targeted beneficiary: from individuals to organized units such as libraries, departments or associations of Psychology in low-income countries. Only 21 psychological institutions have applied in the period 2000-2002 and individual beneficiaries from the period 1996-2002 refused to supply the institutional address of the psychology department, library or association that could benefit of a free copy of our journal and newsletter. Pirandello had “six characters in search of an author” and we have still 79 free subscriptions in search of a psychological institution.   

 

During these four years the IAAP has co-sponsored at two regional congresses, plus two Interamerican and two European congresses of Psychology. During this same period several divisions have organized specific congresses or summer schools, running it by themselves or in correspondence with related associations in the field. In my understanding the IAAP was not actively involved and I consider that the officers or the EC should back actively, even advancing some financial support, this kind of academic and professional activities where the divisions keep a leading role, paying special attention to increasing the visibility of the weakest divisions in specific fields of expertise. 

 

Three psychological societies announced their intention of submitting a bid to host the 2010 ICAP. However, only the Australian Psychological Society has submitted a bid-pack in due time, that is early May 2002 and made available an electronic version on request. The other two societies had not yet submitted formally a congress bid pack when this report was written. A deadline for the submission of congress bids and their online availability must be included in the present guidelines that will be discussed later in this EC meeting.

 

Great controversy came to the floor in the spring of the years 2000 and 2002. The critical topics were the same, congress fees for participants from low income countries and some kind of sponsorship for invited keynote speakers in ICAP. The issue of a special fee for students comes immediately afterwards.  This is a new kind of catch 22 because congress organizers do not get so many external subsidies or sponsorship to cover or counterbalance reduced fees and running costs of scientific and professional events are expensive as soon as the quality of living standards in the convention sites goes parallel to average living standards in the country were the congress is organized. This is a delicate issue that will be discussed later in this meeting. A contemporary example makes sense and supplies a frame of reference. During the Football Soccer World Championship held in Korea and Japan June 2002, tickets for the stadium were available in a sliding scale.

 

Every semester the list of each division members has been supplied electronically or printed to division presidents. Also during the last 9 months such lists have been used by past presidents and secretaries of divisions to proceed in the election process of each division officers for the 2002-2006 term after the guidelines produced by the IAAP officers and distributed to division presidents and secretaries last October 2001. A set of 11 instructions were left to the discretion of past division president or division president in office. Now these set of instructions will be revised in this EC meeting.

 

Nine out fourteen divisions have ended the election on due time, that is, by June 1st  as was requested in the guidelines distributed among division presidents and secretaries. The following divisions have made public the results of the election in our homepage:

·        Division 1: Organizational Psychology

·       President: Virginia E. Schein, US

·       Past President: Miriam Erez, Israel

·       President Elect: José M. Peiro, Spain

·       Secretary: Filip Lievens, Belgium

·       Treasurer: René Bouwen, Belgium

·        Division 2: Psychological Assessment & Evaluation

·       President: Fons van de Vijver, The Netherlands

·       Past President: Ronald K. Hambleton, US

·       President Elect: Dave Bartram, UK

·       Secretary: Norbert Tanzer (Austria)

·       Treasurer: Maria Victoria del Barrio (Spain)

·        Division 4: Environmental Psychology

·       President: David Canter, UK

·       President Elect: Robert Gifford, Canada

·       Past President: Tommy Garling, Sweden

·       Secretary: Terry Hartig, Sweden

·       Treasurer: Einar Strumse, Norway

·        Division 5: Educational & School Psychology

·       President: Paul Pintrich, USA)

·       President Elect: Simone Volet, Australia

·       Past President: Monique Boekaerts, The Netherlands

·       Secretary / Treasurer: Faradeh Salili, Hong Kong,

·        Division 6: Clinical & Community Psychology

·       President: Juan José Sánchez Sosa, Mexico

·       President Elect: Lynn Rehm, 

·       Past President: Donald Routh, USA

·       Secretary: Susan Frauenglass, USA

·       Treasurer: Gloria Gottsegen 

·        Division 7: Applied Gerontology

·       President: Rocio Fernández-Ballesteros, Spain

·       President elect: Norman Abeles, USA

·       Past President: Frances M. Culbertson, USA

·       Secretary and Treasurer: Christine Schwarzer, Germany.

·        Division 9: Economic Psychology

·       President: Dr. Christine Roland-Levy,  France,

·       President Elect: Pr. Tadeusz Tyska,  Poland.

·       Past President: Fred van Raaij, The Netherlands

·       Secretary and Treasurer: Erich Kirchler, Austria.

·        Division 10: Psychology and Law

·       President: Guenter Koehnken, Germany

·       Past President: Ray Bull, UK

·       Secretary and Treasurer: Frans W. Winkel, The Netherlands

·        Division 14: Applied Cognitive Psychology

·       President: Alan Lesgold, US

·       Past President: Boris Velichkovsky, Germany and Russia

·       Secretary and Treasurer: Fred Zijlstra, UK and Netherlands

 

The following divisions have not yet made public the results of the election process and they are kindly requested to inform the Secretary General about the results as soon as it might be available:

·        Division 3: Psychology & National Development,

·        Division 8: Health Psychology

·        Division 11: Political Psychology

·        Division 12: Sport Psychology

·        Division 13: Traffic Psychology

 

It is a matter of realism to mention that  Prof. Fred van Raaij, president of division 9, Economic Psychology has been an almost permanently “missing president” during the last four years. It makes no sense to accept a second term as division president in SF and afterwards failing to provide a reasonable level of care for the division visibility at least in the scientific programs of the 2002 ICAP.  I have had to contact Prof. Christine Roland Levy and ask her to take care of division 9 affairs, what she has efficiently and cooperatively during the last year.   I express my gratitude to her.

 

It has been a little bit difficult to take care and follow up nomination and support letters for the election of officers and EC members. The deadlines were clear both for officers and for EC nominations, but support messages have arrived via email for a long time since there was not a fixed deadline for this kind of messages. Sometimes the “subject” section of the heading did not mention the name of the nominated person, but another heading derived from a “reply” action. Printed versions of documents and messages receive are available in this meeting room and I hope the mistakes are reduced to a minimum. I have double checked everything before my departure.