EA-OHP Conference 2003 - Berlin, 20-21 November
A record number of delegates representing twenty three countries from across Europe and beyond recently attended the 5th annual conference of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology. The 2003 conference drew researchers, practitioners and educators representing a wide range of academic, governmental and commercial organisations from four continents to the German capital, Berlin.
"Flexibility, Quality of Working Life and Health"
Delegates enjoyed two days of intensive discussion and sharing of best-practice concerning cutting-edge developments in the field of Occupational Health Psychology (OHP). OHP emerged in the late 1980's and has evolved into a discipline that charges itself with the application of principles and practices of applied psychology to occupational health issues, and in doing so, addressing the psychological, social and organisational aspects of the dynamic relationship between work and health.
The conference was hosted by the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), who in addition to most generously providing a first class venue also provided second to none culinary, administrative and technical support. Special thanks are due to Peter Ullsperger and Michael Ertel of BAuA for co-ordinating preparations in this regard.
In addition to a wide range of high quality papers, posters, workshops and symposia, the conference also marked the launch of the Andre Bussing Memorial Prize for outstanding doctoral research contributions to the field of OHP. The prize has been established in memory of Professor Andre Bussing, Vice President of the Academy, who sadly died earlier this year and whose passing is mourned deeply by the Academy.
The conference also provided the opportunity to bestow Fellowships of the Academy upon two eminent keynote presenters, Professor Johannes Siegrist, University of Duesseldorf (Germany), and Professor Lois Tetrick, George Mason University (USA). Both were awarded Fellowships in recognition of their significant contributions to OHP. They join an esteemed group of individuals whose contributions to the advancement of the discipline have been recognised by the Academy.
The social dimension of any conference is considered by many as important as the intellectual dimension, and the Berlin conference did not fail to provide delegates with ideal opportunities to meet old friends and make new ones. The evening reception at the Berlin Parliament was an undoubted highlight for many. The Academy was greatly honoured to have present Walter Momper, President of Berlin, who, in addition to providing a welcome address also gave a fascinating tour of the parliamentary debating chamber. He graciously also spent the entire evening mingling with delegates, answering their questions concerning the Berlin political scene, some of which were perhaps tougher than those typically encountered by opposition parties within the chamber!
The conference closed in spectacular style with a formal dinner at the famous Westin Grand hotel in central Berlin, after which many delegates repaired to the hotel bar to continue discussions late into the night. The conference was considered an unconditional success by all, a success that the Academy must now capitalise on in order for the 2004 conference to be a worthy successor. A call for papers for the 2004 conference being held in Oporto, Portugal, 24-26 November, will be available shortly on the Academy's website, www.ea-ohp.org.
View photographs from the event here, presentation are available below.