27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP)

Event:27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP)
Delegates:3,537 delegates from 67 countries
Destination:Melbourne, Australia
Duration:July 2010
The International Congress of Applied Psychology is held every four years, under the auspices of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).

The principal objectives of the Melbourne congress were to foster the development of an international community of applied psychologists, provide a scientific program featuring speakers at the cutting edge of their fields, and to provide an extensive range of workshops.

Delegates came from both Australia and overseas. The largest international contingent with 298 delegates came from Japan. Countries with more than 30 delegates attending included Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States of America.

“Registrations went beyond our expectations, and the number of overseas registrants was greater than we'd ever expected. Around 1,600 people joined our association as the result of the congress,” said Dr Michael Knowles, the president of the IAAP at the time.

“The networking opportunities were immense and this was a real benefit,” he said.

There were opportunities for international visitors and local hosts to network and develop cooperative and collaborative ventures. “A lot of the international delegates were impressed that psychology in Australia was so strong,” commented Dr Knowles.

“Normally at a congress you get your money's worth if you hear one impressive person speak, but a real impact here was the quality of the keynote speakers. Real highlights as well were the stimulating debates about current contentious issues in psychology, research and professional practice.”

People were very impressed by the quality of the scientific program, and they stated that they felt the workshops were the most helpful they'd ever been in.

Dr Michael Knowles, former President, IAAP