This is my sixth and last end-of-year message as President of the International Union of Psychological Science.
In the various formal and informal interactions that I have had with our National Member representatives, I’ve been struck by the warmth and openness of communications, and the willingness to share views on how the Union can better serve not only our membership, but also how the Union may impact the larger society, that we are all indelibly a part of. In particular, the quest for Psychology Serving all of Humanity has been a leit motif that national and regional psychology leadership has repeatedly underscored.
Engagement with leadership of Uganda Council of Psychologists, Makerere Univ, Kampala: Julius Kikooma in red shirt (Dean, School of Psych; Vice Chair UCP), James Kagaari (UCP Chair, PAPU EC), John Munene (Doyen, Makerere Univ Business School)
During a Joint Meeting, held in Taipei on 25-26 October 2017, members of the ISSC and ICSU agreed to merge the two organisations and to establish, in 2018, the International Science Council, a new unified council that will serve as a global voice for science. For the merger plan to go ahead, two-thirds of both councils’ voting members needed to vote in favour. The final vote count in favour of the merger was an overwhelming 97,6% for ICSU and 90% for the ISSC. Click here for more information.
The 5th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention After Disasters (PIAD) took place from 14-17 November 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The workshop, entitled “Building Individual and Organizational Capacity for Psychological Intervention After Disasters in the Asia and Pacific Region”, was held with local support by the University of the Philippines, Diliman, especially colleagues of the psychology department, under the leadership of the Union’s Past President, Rainer K. Silbereisen, in collaboration with Nordin Hasan of the ICSU Regional Office for Asia and Pacific. The final report for the workshop, together with faculty presentations may be accessed at here: http://www.iupsys.net/events/capacity-building-workshops/index.html and video recordings are also available to view on the IUPsyS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCsattYq48JlGHBRFGZcK8g
The APA-IUPsyS Global Mental Health Fellowship (GMHF) provides a unique opportunity for a psychologist to contribute to the work of World Health Organization (WHO), in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for a period of one year. The Fellow will focus on one or more issues related to the WHO Mental Health Action Plan. The Fellowship intends to provide psychologists with exposure to and involvement with international global mental health policy and implementation and contribute to the more effective use of psychological knowledge and research in global mental health policy and implementation. Applicants may be based in any country. The fellowship year is anticipated to begin around September 2017. For more information, click here to access the GMHF Call for Applications.
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
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