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Q1: What is the DOP Conference 2014 all about?
Q2: Who is the DOP Conference 2014 for?
Q3: I am not a member of the BPS can I still attend?
Q4: What are the benefits of attending the DOP Conference 2014?
Q5: How will the DOP Conference 2014 help me with my career?
Q6: Where can I view the Conference programme?
Q7: I have never written an abstract for a conference before, where can I find guidance?
Q8: What happens once I have submitted my abstract?
Q9: I have never presented at a conference before, where can I find guidance?
Q10: Where can I find a list of places to stay during the DOP Conference 2014?
Q11: So I want to come along to the DOP Conference 2014...Where can I find further updates about the event?

Q1: What is the DOP Conference 2014 all about?
The DOP Annual Conference is the UK conference of choice for Occupational Psychologists. This event provides an opportunity for members of the division and other relevant professionals to engage in personal and professional development by obtaining a contemporary insight into current ideas, discussions and research in the area. We hope for all delegates to understand more about Occupational Psychology through presentations by leading academics and practitioners in the field, through workshops and through a variety of learning approaches.
The DOP Conference 2014 theme is 'Investing in the Future' and we see the event as an engine for positive change within our profession and as a welcoming environment for ideas and discussions around the future of research, our profession, the organisation, employees and also how Occupational Psychology can contribute to our future communities. The conference actively promotes networking and will assist in establishing a network of Occupational Psychologists who will constitute the next generation of academics and practitioners and the future of the field!

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Q2: Who is the DOP Conference 2014 for?

The DOP Conference 2014 is for those working in, or pursuing a career in, the field of Occupational Psychology. Delegates include academics, practitioners, graduates and current MSc/PhD students from the across the UK and beyond. The conference is also suitable for those working in other related areas such as HR, Business or Management. The conference brings together both established and newer members of the profession, a majority of whom are likely to be BPS DOP members, to maximise learning opportunities and networking for all.

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Q3: I am not a member of the BPS can I still attend?

Yes, non-members of the BPS are welcome to attend this event, although at a different conference rate. Should you wish to know more about joining the Society in the future and the associated benefits, please refer to the BPS website

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Q4: What are the benefits of attending the DOP Conference 2014?

As well as gaining an insight into cutting-edge research and practice within Occupational Psychology, you will have the opportunity to meet and network with leading academics, practitioners and your peers from a large number of institutions and organisations from across the UK.

The event also hosts a variety of sessions which will be led by experts in the field. These sessions will include presentations, posters, symposiums, workshops, discussion panels, and keynote and careers sessions. Representatives from various related consultancies and DOP Working Groups will also be present at the exhibition area throughout the conference and you will get an opportunity to speak with them and find out about their work and future career opportunities.

The conference dinners and social events are a great opportunity for you to wind down after a busy day at the conference with your peers, meet other delegates and have some fun! The well-received giant games will be back this year...

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Q5: How will the DOP Conference 2014 help me with my career?
The DOP Conference 2014 will be hosting a number of career-related sessions. The Careers Forum, attended by key employers in Occupational Psychology, will keep you up-to-date on available jobs, internships and work experience in the industry. During this session, you will also have the opportunity to speak to potential employers and make job contacts. For the exact timing of this event, please refer to the programme which will be posted on the website as soon as it is confirmed.
In addition, there will be other career sessions for early to mid-career psychologists, focusing on the ‘Secrets of Success’, PhDs, Qualification in Occupational Psychology, CPD and Learning a Living workshops.

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Q6: Where can I view the Conference programme?

The DOP Conference 2014 programme will be made available on the website as soon as it is confirmed in the Autumn.

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Q7: I have never written an abstract for a conference before, where can I find guidance?
Submission guidelines are available on the website (see ‘Submissions’ tab) and abstracts are submitted online for which a simple step-by-step guide is provided in this document.
If you have exhausted all your options and still need help on submissions please contact Sam Smith at [email protected] and she will put you in touch with one of the committee members who will do their very best to help.

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Q8: What happens once I have submitted my abstract?
Your abstract submission will be peer reviewed by a two reviewers constituting of a number of leading academics and practitioners in Occupational Psychology. Once a decision has been made on your submission, you will receive an email from the BPS. If you have not heard anything back by the end of October, please contact Sam Smith at the BPS Office ([email protected]).

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Q9: I have never presented at a conference before, where can I find guidance?

Should your submission be accepted for the DOP Conference 2014, you will be sent some advice on presenting to help prepare you for the event. If you still require further assistance in preparing your presentation, please contact Sam Smith at [email protected] and she will put you in touch with one of the committee members.
If you have a poster submission accepted, you will receive specific guidelines around the size, format etc. In addition, you will be expected to take part in the new ‘Poster Taster’ session and guidelines for this will be sent to you.

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Q10: Where can I find a list of places to stay during the DOP Conference 2014?

If you do not wish to stay in the Conference venue, there are a number of accommodation options nearby, ranging in value, available on the website.

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Q11: So I want to come along to the DOP Conference 2014...Where can I find further updates about the event?

Information about the conference will be emailed to all DOP members who have signed up for network updates. Updated information will also be available through our social media pages on Facebook, Linked-In and Twitter (@DopConference). If you are a Twitter user and wish to tweet about the conference, please use #dopconf to share your messages.
Further details about the event will be posted on the website www.bps.org.uk/dop2014 as they become available. If you need any further information please get in touch with Sam at [email protected] who will be happy to assist you with your enquiry or put you in touch with the relevant committee member.
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