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ESPLAT2023 Conference - Call for Contributions

Learning and Teaching Psychology in a Changing World
14th – 16th of June 2023, Umeå, Sweden

Deadline for registration: May 14th, 2023

Conference organizer Associate Prof. Dr. Michael Gruber welcomes you to the fourth ESPLAT conference, taking place in Umeå, Sweden. The Department of psychology is honoured to host the conference, looking forward to exciting and stimulating days on psychology teaching and learning. 

The current version of the programm can be found here.


Keynote speakers include Dr. Kelley Haynes-Mendez, Senior Director of Human Rights Team APA, Prof. Dr. Robert J. Sternberg, and Prof. Dr. Therése Skoog.

Brief video impressions: Welcome to the 2023 ESPLAT conference!

  • Umeå just before midsummer: A 37 seconds impression of Umeå one the same day the conference will start. Umeå just before midsummer is an ideal place to come together to jointly shape the future of psychology teaching and learning.

  • Conference site and theme: A 43 seconds impression provided by Prof. Dr. Gregory Neely (professor in psychology and Pro Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences).

There are different convenient ways to travel to Umeå.

We live in a rapidly changing world where conflicts, environmental and economic issues are affecting us in many ways. How can we adapt our teaching to this changing world? What challenges do we need to consider in our roles as psychology teachers, and how can we best prepare students for the future? When resources are limited, evidence-based teaching methods are more important than ever to ensure that we use methods that we know work. New pedagogical and technological developments can lead to better teaching strategies and solutions.


The ESPLAT 2023 conference is a forum for sharing teaching and learning innovations and best practices in a changing world on the themes of

  • active learning methods

  • sustainable teaching

  • teaching for sustainability

  • inclusive teaching strategies


While the focus of the conference will be on these themes, contributions on other topics related to learning and teaching psychology are welcome.


  • Submission of abstracts: January 20th, 2023

  • Early Bird registration: March 19th, 2023

  • Late registration: May 14th, 2023


  • Member Early Bird: 200 €*

  • Non-member Early Bird: 280 €*

  • Member Late: 250 €*

  • Non-member Late: 330 €*

  • Membership fee: 80 € per year (30€ for students)

*25% VAT added, payment in Swedish Krona

The conference fee includes a social dinner on Thursday and coffee/beverages and snacks after lunch on Wednesday, before and after lunch on Thursday and before lunch on Friday.

Links for submitting and registering:

Please submit your abstract and register as a participant. We are looking forward to your contributions presented live at the venue at Umeå University. Online participants will be able to attend sessions via video-connection. Yet, presenting while participating online will not be possible.  Apart from poster sessions, all presentations will be streamed and thereby online participation and interaction will be possible. While poster sessions will not be streamed, the posters will be made available as pdf. Conference fees are equal for on-site an online participation.



The conference will accept proposed contributions in different categories:

Individual presentations, oral or poster

Individual presentations of research projects or reports of activities/initiatives in any area related to the learning and teaching of psychology may be proposed; but contributions specifically related to the theme of “a changing world” are particularly encouraged. When submitting a proposal for an individual presentation you will be asked to state a preference for whether you would like to give an oral presentation or poster presentation. We will do our best to accommodate all requests but given the restraints of the program schedule and depending on the number submissions, this may not be possible in every case.

Make submissions directly through the conference website. Each submission should include information about co-authors, an abstract (max 250 words) and an extended summary (max 800 words) consisting of:

1. Objectives or purposes.
2. Perspective(s) or theoretical framework.
3. Methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry.
4. Data sources, evidence, objects, or materials.
5. Results and/or substantiated conclusions or warrants for arguments/point of view.
6. Scientific or scholarly significance of the study or work.

Use APA style guidelines for all referencing.


Symposia covering a theme in any area related to the learning and teaching of psychology may be proposed; but symposia specifically related to the theme of “a changing world” are particularly encouraged. Each symposium can be up to 90 minutes, allowing a maximum of 4 individual presentations and one general discussion. Shorter symposia (60 or 75 minutes) will also be considered.

Make submissions directly through the conference website. Proposed symposia should be submitted by the organizer (or co-organizers) and include information about the organizers, a symposium abstract (max 250 words), symposium chair(s) (max 2), discussant (if other than chairperson), as well as the individual information about each individual presentation to be made in the symposium (see guidelines above for individual presentations for information to be submitted for the individual presentations).



Roundtable discussions on any topic lasting either 60 or 75 minutes may be proposed. Make submissions directly through the conference website. Information to be included is information about the organizer(s) and an abstract (max 250 words) introducing the topic to be discussed.



Given the nature of the meeting, learning and teaching in a changing world, the program committee is willing to entertain suggestions for other forms of presentations/activities. Traditional talks, posters and symposia may not be what is needed in a changing world; so innovative, new approaches for presenting and discussing science are of great interest! Please contact program committee ( directly with a short description of your idea.

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