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European Congress of Psychology, Oslo Norway
The opening ceremony of the 11th European Congress of Psychology in Norway was held in Oslo's spectacular opera house, a sweeping building with broad, open space situated on the edge of the harbor. Before the ceremony, congress-goers were greeted with EuroVision song winner Alexander Rybak whose music led them into the meeting hall. Once there, the audience was warmly greeted by the Congress organizers, and witnessed the granting of a number of international awards. The Wilhelm Wundt-William James Award for fostering Europe-North America collaboration was received by Norbert Schwartz (USA). The Aristotle Price (for lifetime contributions) was received by Claus Bundesen. The Comenius Early Career Award was received by Katie Elizabeth Slocombe. Each speaker was introduced by one of the acrobat-dancers who dazzled the audience with feats of strength and agility. A special award was presented to Ingrid Lunt, for her shepherding of the EuroPsy standard from its inception to its present status as a common standard for psychology training across Europe.
The Congress itself, with around 2500 attendees from 60 countries, presented a mix of keynotes, papers, posters and symposia on topics as broad as the discipline. APA's contributions included a keynote by APA President James Bray on "Global Challenges to psychology: A view from the US," and talks by Stephen Behnke on the universal declaration of ethical principles for psychologists and revisions of APA's code and by Gary VandenBos on writing for APA journals and mastering APA style.
During the Congress James Bray and APA International Affairs Director Merry Bullock met with the President, Vice President and Secretary-General of the Norwegian Psychological Association to discuss areas of common interest for the two associations, including collaborating on initiatives addressing peace, environmental psychology, and the like. Ψ