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European Semester of Psychology 2018

The British Psychological Society is extremely proud that the UK has been chosen as a host for the European Semester of Psychology in 2018.

The European Semester of Psychology is aimed at creating a common space in which European psychologists can interact and communicate so as to foster the sharing and transmission of knowledge and expertise between members and, in turn, to stimulate the ongoing development of a truly European identity among psychologists across Europe.

During the six month period in which they play host to the European Semester, member countries are expected to organise numerous events and meetings, welcome visiting delegates and colleagues from other associations, and promote materials and information on both current and historical developments within psychology, both at home and abroad.

For more about EFPA and the European Semester, please consult the tabs below.

Between January and July 2018 the BPS is hosting a number of events for the various divisions which make up the Society, each of which will consider how best to promote increased cooperation and collaboration with other associations across Europe.

The events currently confirmed to be taking place are:

In addition to the regular events being held we are also going to be hosting the following events for EFPA at our London office (unless otherwise specified):

  • Operational Support Network

    2nd February

  • EFPA SC Psychology and Health

    17th March

  • EFPA SC Board of Educational Affairs

    23rd March - Glasgow

  • Executive Council

    26th April

  • EFPA SC Disaster, Crisis, and Trauma

    ​11th and 12th May

  • EFPA SC Board of Scientific Affairs

    12th May

  • Presidents Council Meeting

    27th April

To book accommodation for these events, please click here.

Further information regarding delegates and catering will be added shortly.

EFPA logoThe European Federation of Psychologists' Associations (EFPA) exists to provide a forum for comunication and cooperation in a wide range of fields, including academic training, professional practice, and scientific research.

As an organisation EFPA currently represents over 300,000 psychologists, from 37 different member nations.


EFPA logoThe British Psychological Society is one of 37 current members of EFPA, and the third largest in total.

As the representative body for psychologists in the UK we are responsible for the development, promotion, and application of psychology for the public good. 


European Certificate of Psychology logoEuroPsy is a European standard of education and professional training in psychology set by EFPA, the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations.

For more information about EuroPsy, including how to obtain a Certificate, please click here.

The European Federation of Psychologists' Associations has 37 member associations from 37 countries, including all 28 EU countries.

The largest associations are those from Italy (approx. 98,000), Spain (approx. 68.500), and the UK (approx. 70,000), and the smallest are Malta (130), San Marino (46), and Liechtenstein (40).

Collectively the number of psychologists represented by these associations is over 300,000, and include both practitioners and academic/research psychologists.

The member organisations of EFPA are concerned with promoting and improving psychology as a profession and as a discipline, particularly (though not exclusively) in applied settings, with an emphasis on the training and research associated with such practice.


The mission of EFPA is to promote the development, dissemination and application of psychology in Europe in all its forms, and to contribute to shaping a humane society, in Europe and beyond, on the basis of psychology’s expertise.

One of the federation's major goals is to further the integration of practice with research as part of a continued effort to promote the further inegration of psychology as a discipline.

What EFPA Does

As an organisation EFPA fills a number of roles and provides a variety of services, resources, and facilities to both member associations and to the general public, including:

  • representation, advocacy and lobbying at European level
  • the promotion of psychology education, research and profession
  • EuroPsy Certification
  • Test User Accreditation
  • support for Member Associations
  • European projects
  • advice on professional affairs, work areas, new developments
  • publicity and information sharing
  • the European Congress of Psychology
  • European awards
  • The European Psychologist (journal)
  • the EFPA News Magazine

Structure of the Organisation

The highest body in the federation is the General Assembly, with the central position held by the Executive Council, and all administrative matters handled by the Head Office.

The federation also incorporates a number of committees, of which the major ones are its Boards, Standing Committees, Task Forces, and those related to EuroPsy and Test User Certification.

Executive Council and EFPA Groups

The Executive Council is comprised of 7 members, all of whom are a volunteers kind enough to give some of their limited time over to EFPA matters. The current members are from Portugal (President), Lithuania (Secretary-General), Germany (Treasurer), Cyprus, Italy, Croatia, and Norway.

The number of Committee Members, who are also all volunteers, is 375, hailing from 33 different countries.

As you can see, EFPA is a largely volunteer-run organisation where most of the work is done by psychologists whose main responsibilities lie with other organisations/institutions.


The EFPA Head Office has a staff of 2.75 FTE (4 persons), which is similar to that of the smaller Member Associations.

For comparison, the BPS (UK) has almost 100 staff, the NIP (NL) around 60, and the NPF (NO) approximately 45.

Where Can You Find EFPA?


Facebook: www.facebook.com/europeanpsychology

Twitter: @EFPA_EuroPsy



The thoughts and opinions found here, including those by BPS members as well as those provided by our European colleagues, are those of the author(s), and should not be taken to represent an official policy statement or position of the Society.

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