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European Semester of Psychology 2018

Psychology without borders

31 January 2018 | by Andrew Walmsley

For the next several months, culminating at the end of June, the UK is hosting the European Semester of Psychology, during which time we aim to reaffirm our commitment to sharing our science and our expertise with our colleagues across Europe (and beyond).

Regardless of your political leanings, our ability, as psychologists, to collaborate, cooperate, challenge and corroborate, and to freely exchange information and ideas with our colleagues in other countries and in other communities, continues to be of paramount importance.

And while we may disagree at times in matters of interpretation, implication, and analysis, I firmly believe (or, at least, I fervently hope) that our commitment to psychology, and to improving the lives of others - whether in great strides or in even the tiniest increments - is something which still unites us all.

After all, knowledge knows no borders, so why should we?

As part of our tenure as hosts for the EU semester we have invited a number of our colleagues from across Europe to join us at some of our main events and conferences, in the hope of continuing to foster strong personal, practical, and professional relations with our peers and partners from across the Channel.

In the spirit of this I have taken it upon myself to contact numerous psychologists, both members and non-members, from both the UK and from Europe at large, with the goal of producing a series of articles detailing their experiences working and collaborating across borders and international boundaries.

My aim here is twofold – not only should this provide some added awareness and extra publicity for the ongoing EU Semester, but the publication of this unique content should also contribute to our ongoing aim of supporting and enhancing the development and dissemination of psychology (and psychological knowledge) for the greater public good, both at home and abroad (with the added benefit of bringing some added attention to the ongoing work of our contributors).

Of course, while I hope to use these articles to highlight the continued significance of UK-EU cooperation, I would also expect that some of our contributors will want to touch upon some of the problems and difficulties they have experienced.

And I welcome these sorts of comments too (as long as they’re constructive, obviously), because if we don't raise these issues, if we don't talk about them, frankly and honestly, and confront them head-on, how can we ever hope to change things for the better?

If you are interested in contributing to this endeavour, and believe that your experiences may be relevant, please contact me at [email protected]

I can't promise I'll be able to include every single entry, or that every submission will be necessarily be appropriate for what I'm trying to achieve over the next few months, but I do promise to consider every offer and every suggestion as fairly as I can (and I’ll try my very best to respond to everyone as quickly as possible).

For more information on the EU Semester of Psychology, go to www.bps.org.uk/eusemester



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