Members of ECPA received funds for RURAL 3.0: Service Learning for Rural Development

Cinzia Albanesi, and Elvira Cicognani, Alma Mater Studiorum (Italy), and Wolfgang Stark, Strascheg  Center for Entrepreneurship (Germany)  are involved in a Erasmus+ project that is aimed at establishing partnerships  (knowledge alliances) between different European Higher Education Institutions and rural partners, with the aim to develop resources to implement Service Learning and support the development of  social entrepreneurship in the rural communities.  The KoM of the project took place in Zagreb last March. Nives Mikelic Preradovic University of Zagreb, was a nice host, and welcome the consortium and its coordinator Anabela Correia – Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo,  who had finally the chance to meet in person and start planning in details the activities of the consortium which involves  8 Higher Education Institutions (Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (ESE) (Portugal), University College of Teacher Education Vienna (Austria), FFZG) (Croatia), Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University (The Netherlands), Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (Germany), Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain), Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania) University of Bologna (Italy) and 8 rural partners (AJDeão (Portugal), LAG*5 (Croatia) LAG Ammersee (Germany), Kaunas district LAG (Lithuania), Galsinma (Spain), Stichting Schutsluis Alblasserdam (The Netherlands),  Plenum (Austria),LAG L’Altra Romagna (Italy). The next meeting of the consortium will be in Wien, September 9-10. If you want to know more on the project have a look at the project website  or our FB and Instagram pages: Rural 3.0

SIPCO’s Summer School

The third edition of SIPCO’s (the Italian Community Psychology Association) Summer School, this year addresses two group-based research methods: Web focus and Delphi Method.


5th Conference in Community Psychology in Slovakia

The goal of the conference and workshop is to provide time and space for both researchers and practitioners from various areas of community psychology in Europe so they can meet, present their work and research, inspire each other, and enjoy socializing together.
Organisation: Institute of Applied Psychology at Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, European Community Psychology Association (ECPA), and The Society for Community and Action Research (SCRA) Division 27 Americal Psychological Association.
Conference: December 3-4, 2018 (9.00-16.00)
ECPA General assembly: December 3, 2018 (16.00-17.30)
Workshop on Community Service Design: December 4, 2018 (14.00-18.00) and 5, 2018 (9.00-13.00)
Prof. Alessandra Talamo from University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
The Service Design Thinking workshop will provide a practical experience of some of the most popular techniques for the design of innovative services in real contexts. These participatory techniques are aimed at creating new services connecting the needs and wants of stakeholders with objectives and potential boundaries from service providers.
Conference language: English
Conference fee: No fee (free access)
Workshop language: English
Workshop fee: 50 €
Deadline for active participation in the conference: Please send an email with the following information to Name and surname of the presenters, workplace address, title of the presentation, and research based abstract (max 250 words) within September 16, 2018.
The proceedings from the conference will be published in electronic form with ISBN. The deadline for the submission of the conference papers is November 1, 2018 ( in order to be reviewed and published prior the conference.

To participate in the workshop: Please send an email until November 15, 2018 to

More information:
Contact person: Júlia Halamová, 00421908604141,

Looking forward to see you in Bratislava in Slovakia!


Workshop – Service Design Thinking

December 4, Tuesday 2018 (14.00-18.00) and 5, Wednesday (9.00-13.00)
Fee: 50 euro
For inscription and information:

The Service Design Thinking is a holistic approach that helps to innovate (create new) or improve existing services to make them more useful, usable, desirable for users and efficient as well effective existing services to make them more useful, usable, desirable for users and efficient as well effective for providers ( Moritz, 2005; UK Design Council, 2010).

Designing a service requires to consider the whole experience of people using it, and that it becomes tangible and usable through a sequence of actions (Moritz, 2005; Stickdorn & Schneider, 2012).

During the workshop participants will get chance of exploring use some most commonly used DST tools.


Service learning in higher education

Service Learning and Campus Community Partnerships are well known in some places; elsewhere it will be a relatively new approach to teaching in Higher Education.

Service Learning facilitates academic teaching in collaboration with civil society – teaching that is practically oriented, linked to research, connected to real societal challenges, and aims to develop innovative solutions.

Based on the experience of more than 50 universities and colleges in Germany and Europe this card deck represents the tacit knowledge and collective wisdom how to implement successfully Service Learning and Campus Community Partnerships in Higher Education.

For more information visit:

Call for papers

The Community Psychology in Global Perspective journal issued an international call for papers on the theme «Community Psychology in Europe: Emerging themes and challenges».

The editors are Terri Mannarini (University of Salento, Italy), Caterina Arcidiacono (University of Naples, Italy) and Maria João Vargas Moniz (ISPA, Lisbon).

Deadline to submit abstracts is March 15, 2018.


ECPA 10th European Congress of Community Psychology

Reflections and Challenges: Community Psychology in the European Context

Wednesday 18th October to Friday 20th October 2017 at CastleGate, Newcastle

The European Community Psychology Association (ECPA) brings together researchers, academics, community activists, as well as national and international networks and associations involved in community psychology. ECPA’s interests are deeply concerned with social change in our globalized world proposing a multi-level approach to social and psychological knowledge and interventions, focusing on the interactions among people in context.

European Community Psychologists have made significant contributions to the development of Community Psychology (CP) with stronger theoretical underpinning; have developed innovative theory driven intervention strategies to promote multilevel empowerment; and achieved a high level of networking creating in 1996 the ENCP and then the European Community Psychology Association. The ECPA recently became a member of the EFPA (European Federation of Psychologists’ Association) to strengthen our relationship with other European Associations.

The overall theme is Reflections and Challenges: Community Psychology in the European Context, and within this, there are four themes:
1) Community Psychology interventions in Europe – celebrate the diversity and reflect on interventions
2) What contribution does European Community Psychology make to issues like – inequality, migration, violence and censure?
3) Protection of the “most vulnerable” – children, young people growing up in “austerity”, older people, migrants, etc.
4) Poverty & Inequality – Feminist responses to “austerity” and neo-liberalism, critiques and interventions

Go to the congress website

3rd Community Psychology Festival

15-16 September 2017, Arnolfini, Bristol

The 3rd Community Psychology Festival will be jointly hosted by UWE Bristol’s Social Science Research Group and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The festival is a celebration of the work of psychologists as well as community organisations, which will showcase initiatives that support well-being and promote social justice and community cohesion. Some of the key features that will mark this creative event include workshops, participatory action research, films, debate, drama and music, as well as ‘The Ideas Wall’.

After London and Manchester, the Festival will be coming to Bristol on September 15 and 16 2017 at the prestigious Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts. The theme of the festival is ‘Falling apart, pulling together: Collaboration in times of division’.

Festival contributions will be loosely organized around four streams:
– Housing, mental health and well being
– Supporting those who work in communities
– What’s art got to do with it?
– What does it mean to be critical?