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In Memorium: Professor Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı

Publish Date:
02 Mar, 2017


We are deeply saddened by the loss of Prof. Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı, an irreplaceable scientist, a true humanist and a woman of the Turkish Republic. Among her countless contributions to science, her most important legacy is the thousands of students and highly accomplished scientists she has educated and inspired.

The services of Prof. Kağıtçıbaşı to science and education began at İhsan Çizakça HighSchool, the school founded by her parents. After completing her studies at Wellesley College and later the University of California, Berkeley, Prof. Kağıtçıbaşı began her academic career at the Middle East Technical University Department of Psychology, and continued in Istanbul at Boğaziçi University. After retirement, she joined the Koç University family in 1995, where she continued her exemplary research.

Prof. Kağıtçıbaşı took her passion for education beyond the scientific and academic community. As a member of the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) Prof. Kağıtçıbaşı’s work with early childhood education and the development of mother support programs are among the most commendable services she made to our country. In her most recent project she worked to develop education programs to educate young people to support social welfare and peace in Turkey. As a member of the Koç High School Advisory Board, Prof. Kağıtçıbaşı supported optimal models for education, and acted as founder and director of the Koç University Center for Gender Studies (KOÇKAM), established to promote the role of women in society and support gender equality. In her position as Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University, she introduced many young scientists from various disciplines to the Turkish scientific community.

As UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality and Sustainable Development, Prof. Kağıtçıbaşı provided further support to young social scientists through the Human Development Research Award, an award she established with her own personal resources.Throughout her life, Prof. Kağıtçıbaşı has been among the strongest supporters of a secular education based on science.

Professor Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı served as Vice-President of the International Social Science Council (2004-06) and International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) (1996-2000), serving on the IUPsyS Executive Committee from 1988-2006 with singular distinction. The first female President of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (1990-92), Professor Kağıtçıbaşı was instrumental in giving currency to the term “majority world” distinguishing the larger part of humanity from the Euro-American influence on world thought. 

The outstanding services of Prof. Kağıtçıbaşı for science and education were honored with many national and international awards, among which are the TÜBİTAK Science Award; the Roberta Grodberg Simmons Award for her research on adolescence; the Jacobs Foundation Research Award; Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award; and the William Thierry Preyer Award for Excellence in Research.

As well as mourning the loss of Prof. Kağıtçıbaşı, we believe we should also celebrate the remarkable life she has lived, and the many contributions she has made to all our lives. 

We extend our deepest condolences to her family, colleagues, students, and to the entire scientific community.

By: Professor Gonca Soygüt, President of the Turkish Psychological Association 

In Memorium: Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith

Publish Date:
31 Dec, 2016


Sadly, Annette Karmiloff-Smith passed away on 19 December 2016.  She made a seminal contribution to the field of child development and trained under Barbel Inhelder and Jean Piaget (who served on the IUPsyS Executive Committee from 1951 to 1969 and as President from 1954 to 1957).  She was awarded the Union's Mattei Dogan Prize in Psychological Science at the International Congress of Psychology in Cape Town in 2012. After receiving this award she wrote "Thank you for giving me the opportunity of attending this excellent conference and visiting this fascinating country. And the award is the most beautiful I have ever received". A short profile on Karmiloff-Smith, the Commendations by the IUPsyS 2012 Awards Jury and the Award statement is available on this website at: http://www.iupsys.net/about/awards/winner-fondation-mattei-dogan-prize-in-pyschological-science.html

Annette Karmiloff-Smith

Call for Editor - Psychology Resources Around The World

Publish Date:
02 Dec, 2016


In pursuing its mission of representing the global voice of psychology, the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) owns and runs the web portal “Psychology Resources Around The World” (PRATW). It was recently re-launched in a new technical and functional format. The portal is available to everybody and can be reached at http://psychology-resources.org or through www.iupsys.net.

Professor Pam Maras elected as President-Elect of IUPsyS

Publish Date:
27 Jul, 2016


Professor Pam Maras from the University of Greenwich was elected as President-Elect of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS). Professor Maras is the first female to hold this position in the organisation’s history, which dates back to the very first International Congress of Psychology that was held in August 1889 in Paris, France. Her election was announced during the 31st International Congress of Psychology in Yokohama, Japan at the IUPsyS Assembly on 27 July 2016. Professor Maras is a former President of the British Psychological Society and is the Director of Research and Enterprise and Professor of Social & Educational Psychology at Greenwich.

5th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention After Disasters (PIAD)

Publish Date:
30 May, 2016


The 5th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention After Disasters (PIAD) will take place from 14-17 November 2016 in Manila, Philippines. This year’s workshop is the fifth in the series, after successful workshops in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The deadline for submission of applications is 15 August 2016. The full Final Announcement and the application forms may be accessed at: http://www.iupsys.net/events/capacity-building-workshops/index.html


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