Programme

The European Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2018 (ECP2018) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The European Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy 2018 (ECERP2018). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow participants to attend sessions in both.

This page provides details of presentations and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.


  • Surviving High-stakes Exams: Do Teachers Help or Hinder?
    Surviving High-stakes Exams: Do Teachers Help or Hinder?
    Keynote Presentation: Professor David Putwain
  • “Unchanging Truth? – Not in the Study of Religion”
    “Unchanging Truth? – Not in the Study of Religion”
    Keynote Presentation: Dr George D. Chryssides
  • IAFOR Silk Road Initiative Information Session
    IAFOR Silk Road Initiative Information Session
  • IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2017
    IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2017
    Award Winners Screening

Previous Programming

View details of programming for past ECP conferences via the links below.

Surviving High-stakes Exams: Do Teachers Help or Hinder?
Keynote Presentation: Professor David Putwain

High-stakes school exit examinations are a feature of many educational systems. The results of such examinations are used to select students for transition into higher-level education and/or training, for entry into the workplace, and for accountability purposes to judge the quality of schools and individual teachers. The results of high-stakes school exit examinations can have a profound impact on the life trajectory of students. It is not surprising, therefore, that teachers communicate the value and importance of such qualifications to their students; how can success or failure impact on ones’ life chances. What impact might these communications have on students? Does it increase pressure; does it motivate and engage students to work hard; does it ultimately does it relate in any way to exam performance? This presentation will use findings from a 10-year programme of research undertaken in relation to the secondary school leaving qualification in England, the General Certificate of Secondary Education, to address these questions. The key finding is that students differ in the way that they interpret messages about the importance and value of their examinations. Exam value messages can be interpreted in a positive way, to inspire motivation and engagement, or a negative way to trigger threat and worry. The way that messages are interpreted determines whether they relate to educational gains or losses. We will close the presentation by considering the reasons why students interpret messages different and what the implications are for educators of students preparing for high-stakes school exit examinations. How can we ensure they are a help rather than a hindrance.

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“Unchanging Truth? – Not in the Study of Religion”
Keynote Presentation: Dr George D. Chryssides

The lecture explores the role of change in studying religion, with particular reference to new forms of spirituality. There are four interacting areas of change which affect the field of study: society, religion, methodology, and researchers themselves. Starting with an autobiographical account of his own change as a scholar, George Chryssides explores the range of societal changes that impinge on religion and its study, notably secularisation, communications, the technological revolution, and globalisation. Religious change includes doctrinal change, the rise of new forms of spirituality, new styles of devotion, and changing roles of participants (such as women, and people of colour). In new religions, a number of recent happenings, of which 9/11 is the best-known, have shaped public attitudes, and criticism of controversial religious movements has shifted from religious to secular critique. In methodology, the study of religion has moved from a text-based discipline to one which involves fieldwork and focuses on “lived” or “vernacular” religion. Scholars have also come to realise that the phenomena being studied are to some extent our own creation, and concepts such as Hinduism, Buddhism, world religions, and even religion itself are terms that we have created, and which need to be “deconstructed”. The number and diversity of forms of religion require increasing specialism, entailing that no scholar can claim to be an expert, even on a single type of spirituality.

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IAFOR Silk Road Initiative Information Session

As an organization, IAFOR’s mission is to promote international exchange, facilitate intercultural awareness, encourage interdisciplinary discussion, and generate and share new knowledge. In 2018, we are excited to launch a major new and ambitious international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research initiative which uses the silk road trade routes as a lens through which to study some of the world’s largest historical and contemporary geopolitical trends, shifts and exchanges.

IAFOR is headquartered in Japan, and the 2018 inauguration of this project aligns with the 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Restoration of 1868, when Japan opened its doors to the trade and ideas that would precipitate its rapid modernisation and its emergence as a global power. At a time when global trends can seem unpredictable, and futures fearful, the IAFOR Silk Road Initiative gives the opportunity to revisit the question of the impact of international relations from a long-term perspective.

This ambitious initiative will encourage individuals and institutions working across the world to support and undertake research centring on the contact between countries and regions in Europe and Asia – from Gibraltar to Japan – and the maritime routes that went beyond, into the South-East Continent and the Philippines, and later out into the Pacific Islands and the United States. The IAFOR Silk Road Initiative will be concerned with all aspects of this contact, and will examine both material and intellectual traces, as well as consequences.

For more information about the IAFOR Silk Road Initiative, click here.

IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2017
Award Winners Screening

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award was launched by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) in 2015 as an international photography award that seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists. The award has benefitted since the outset from the expertise of an outstanding panel of internationally renowned photographers, including Dr Paul Lowe as the Founding Judge, and Ed Kashi, Monica Allende, Simon Roberts, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Simon Norfolk and Emma Bowkett as Guest Judges. Now in its third year, the award has already been widely recognised by those in the industry and has been supported by World Press Photo, Metro Imaging, MediaStorm, Think Tank Photo, University of the Arts London, RMIT University, British Journal of Photography, The Centre for Documentary Practice, and the Medill School of Journalism.

As an organisation, IAFOR’s mission is to promote international exchange, facilitate intercultural awareness, encourage interdisciplinary discussion, and generate and share new knowledge. In keeping with this mission, in appreciation of the great value of photography as a medium that can be shared across borders of language, culture and nation, and to influence and inform our academic work and programmes, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award was launched as a competition that would help underline the importance of the organisation’s aims, and would promote and recognise best practice and excellence.

Winners of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2017 were announced at The European Conference on Media, Communication & Film 2017 (EuroMedia2017) in Brighton, UK. The award follows the theme of the EuroMedia conference, with 2017’s theme being “History, Story, Narrative”. In support of up-and-coming talent, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is free to enter.

Access to the Award Winners Screening is included in the conference registration fee. For more information about the award, click here.

Image | From the project Single Mothers of Afghanistan by IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2017 Grand Prize Winner, Kiana Hayeri.