On behalf of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), I offer heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of all those who lost their lives to the heinous acts of terror perpetrated in the heart of France over the last few days. The murders in Paris represent an unconscionable attack on all of us everywhere who recognize the inherent value of human life. We must therefore stand together in condemning inexcusable acts of terror in any form and continuing the quest for better understanding and tolerance of the essential diversity that the globe comprises.
Our hearts go out to the French people and to all whose lives have been devastated by mindless terror everywhere. We commend the resilience and resolve demonstrated by people from all walks of life in the wake of the Paris murders. The last few days serve as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of standing steadfast in our pursuit of a better and more compassionate world that truly cherishes Liberté, Égalité and Fraternité - Saths Cooper
IUPsyS and its partners conducted a workshop on psychological intervention after disasters (PIAD) on 8 – 11 December 2014 in Mianyang, China. The workshop was the third in a series of similar workshops organized by the Union dealing with psychological research and practice concerning disasters, and how individuals and communities deal with disasters and its effects on their biopsychosocial well-being. The workshop was organized by Union, together with the Chinese Psychological Society, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the International Council for Science, Regional Office for Asia & the Pacific (ICSU ROAP), the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU/IIGH), the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk International Centre of Excellence (IRDR ICoE) located in Taipei and the Center for Applied Developmental Science (CADS), Friedrich Schiller University, Jena. The workshop was funded mainly by the Jacobs Foundation, Zurich (http://jacobsfoundation.org/who-we-are/) with in-kind and other contributions from partners. The workshop was organized by IUPsyS Executuve Committee members Rainer K. Silbereisen (Past President) and Jianxin Zhang, and by Nordin Hasan (ICSU-ROAP). The workshop was hosted at the Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang, Sichuan Province, China (www.english.swust.edu.cn/s/198/t/623/p/1/c/2836/d/2854/list.htm)
The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2014 was awarded to the Canadian geneticist Michael J. Meaney. He has shown how (negative) experiences with the immediate environment in early life exert an influence on human development via "methylation" of the genome - a rather stable but malleable change of the "readability" of particular DNA segments without changing the DNA itself, that are related to the formation of the stress response system and other circuitry in body and mind.
The IUPsyS and its partners is conducting a workshop on psychological intervention after disasters (PIAD) on 8 – 11 December 2014 in Mianyang, China. The workshop is the third in a series of similar workshops organized by the Union dealing with psychological research and practice concerning disasters, and how individuals and communities deal with disasters and its effects on their biopsychosocial well-being.
IUPsyS is psychology’s international organization in Official Relations with the WHO and these were renewed in January 2014. In this capacity IUPsyS was appointed to the International Advisory Group (IAG) for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders in 2006 and Secretary General, Dr Ann Watts, currently represents the Union on the IAG. Psychology’s contributions to the development of ICD-11 remain a key IUPsyS strategic priority. To support this important initiative the IUPsyS has seconded psychologist Dr Geoff Reed to the WHO to serve as Senior Project Officer for the Mental and Behavioural Disorders component of the ICD-10 revision. To find out more about the WHO Global Clinical Practice Network and to register for it please follow this link: http://www.globalclinicalpractice.net. Please find attached the WHO-IUPsyS Global Clinical Practice Network Invitation Letter.
The International Union of Psychological Science has issued a call for nominations for the position of Treasurer. The Treasurer of the Union works with the Secretary General to carry out the principal financial administrative functions of the Union. Nominations are due by January 31, 2015; however, earlier nominations are encouraged and must be submitted via email to: Prof. Saths Cooper, President of IUPsyS, c/o Dr Ann Watts, IUPsyS Secretary-General (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please use the attached Nomination Form.
Saths Cooper, President of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), paid tribute to neuroscientist John O'Keefe and psychologists May‐Britt and Edvard I Moser for winning this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering an inner GPS in the brain. O'Keefe's pioneering work in 1971 was confirmed a generation later, in 2005, by the Mosers, making a considerable contribution to behavioural science. On behalf of IUPsyS’ 86 National Members and 20 Affiliates the world over, IUPsyS congratulates these eminent psychologists. This year´s Nobel Laureates receive the prize for their discovery of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. The three scientists have discovered a positioning system, an “inner GPS” in the brain, that makes it possible to orient ourselves in space, demonstrating a cellular basis for higher cognitive function. The President of the Norwegian Psychological Association and IUPsyS Vice President, Tor Levin Hofgaard, expressed his happiness for the three laureates and the scientific field of neuroscience. "Neuroscience has during the last two decades contributed substantially to our understanding of human functioning and pathology. I am happy to notice that psychology plays a major role", Hofgaard said. For more information, see: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2014/press.pdf