Upfront

The 30th International Congress of Psychology will bring about 10,000 psychologists from around the world to Cape Town, South Africa, July 22–27, 2012. It's an apt place for the conference, as our earliest ancestors evolved in South Africa more than 2 million years ago, says International Union of Psychological Science president Rainer K. Silbereisen, PhD. "The birthplace of mankind is, by association, the birthplace of psychology," he says.

The international conference is also a great opportunity for psychologists to expand their knowledge — about their own field and other sciences, and about how psychology is applied and researched around the world, Silbereisen says. Attendees at the 2012 conference can, for example, attend a talk by noted Indian psychologist Gideon Arulmani, PhD, who will speak about how Western and non-Western traditions can work together to develop an empirically sound and culturally relevant psychology of counseling. Chinese psychologist Han Buxin, PhD, will discuss the mental health challenges facing his rapidly industrializing nation. And African psychologist Augustine Nwoye, PhD, will share theories of grief counseling rooted in African culture.

Conference attendees will also hear talks from top scientists, including Chinese psychologist Raymond Chan, PhD, who will discuss new research on the endophenotypes linking genetic and clinical phenotypes of schizophrenia. French researcher Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz, PhD, will share her findings on language acquisition, and American scientist Elizabeth Phelps, PhD, will give a talk on how emotion shapes memory.

If you'd like to present at the conference, submit your abstract before Jan. 27, 2012. Early registration before Dec. 1 costs 3,600 Rand ($441) for U.S. psychologists and 1,000 Rand ($122) for students. Conference registration before Feb. 1 costs 4,300 Rand ($526) for psychologists and 1,200 Rand ($147) for students. Please note that dollar amounts may fluctuate depending on exchange rates.

—S. Dingfelder