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Convention recap: International activities at APA 2009

The 2009 Convention in Toronto featured everything from cross-border collaboration to an international high tea

The APA annual convention was quintessentially international this year as it was held in Toronto, Canada. Greeted by Canadian colleagues and dignitaries, convention goers enjoyed an internationally vibrant city and great programming. Some international highlights of the August meeting include:

  • Visit between the APA Board of Directors and the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).

  • Visits from distinguished colleagues. Delegations from national psychology associations in Australia and Norway were welcomed by President James Bray at the opening session.

  • Friendship and collaboration — APA and the Australian Psychological Society signed a memorandum of understanding between the two associations at a reception held in President James Bray's suite.

  • Cross-border collaborations — in addition to high attendance from Canadian colleagues, President James Bray invited the Canadian consul general to dinner with US representative Brian Baird and other guests.

  • Celebrating high school — the international BRAIN BEE was held during convention — high school delegates from 10 countries competed for the top position in the annual "Brain Bee" that tests knowledge of the brain and behavior.

  • Vibrant programming on APA's activities at the UN and how psychologists can impact UN activities (see cover story, this issue).

  • An international high tea — the annual reception for APA members and international convention guests took place on the top floor of a convention hotel as a tea for around 250 guests to meet and discuss.

Convention facts: Number of international attendees: 2047, including 564 students (507 attendees outside the US and Canada, including 110 students); Number of international colleagues (outside US and Canada) as presentation authors: 616; Number of convention registration grants to international affiliates from developing countries (12). Countries with highest attendance: Canada (1540); Japan (68), Korea (56), Australia (45), UK (43), Taiwan (32) , Mexico (27), Germany (25), Netherlands (21), Israel (19), Italy (11), Norway (12).