18-23 July 2021 | Online Conference | Prague, Czech Republic

The 32nd International Congress of Psychology was held online on July 18-23, 2021. The main organiser of the 32nd ICP was the Czech and Moravian Psychological Society (ČMPS), strongly supported by the Union of Psychological Associations of the Czech Republic (UPA ČR) and under the auspices of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS).

The International Congress of Psychology (ICP) is organised every four years. After a long history, the first ICP Congress was held in Paris in 1889. The ICP has become one of the most significant international psychological events through the years. The 2021 ICP Conference held online brought together academic delegates from all over the world, involved in various sub-disciplines and fields of psychology, social and behavioural sciences and several other related fields. 

The Science-to-Society team from the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre contributed substantially to the 2021 conference. Eva Sormani and Shristi Mangal Pal presented a poster entitled "An Experiment on Academics' Relative Attitude Towards University Missions: Research & Engagement" co-authored by Dr Kerstin Kurzhals. The results of the research show that academics have a moderate bias towards research as compared to academic engagement. In other words, implicitly, academics have a more positive attitude towards research (e.g. theory building, peer review, and scientific conferences) than towards academic engagement activities (knowledge transfer, science communication, practitioner conferences).  

One of the research objectives is to offer empirical evidence to promote and facilitate the collaboration between academia and society. The study has been conducted as part of the largest participatory research project at FH Münster University of Applied Sciences, the münster.land.leben project. In this project, the Science-to-Society team takes an active role in offering advice for strengthening the third mission of higher education institutions and facilitating collaborations between science and society.     

The findings and their dissemination form integral part of the working packages in the project 'münster.land.leben'. The abstract of the research will be published by Wiley in a supplement.  

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