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Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society 2018 Annual Conference: Psychology & Identity

Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd March 2018 at The Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk, Co Louth

Welcome to the NIBPS 2018 Annual Conference. We are delighted to be returning to the hugely popular venue of The Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk for a 3rd year.

This year’s conference is themed Psychology and Identity with many sub themes as follows:

  • Labelling in relation to Youth Justice
  • Health - Obesity & Body Image
  • Fashion Identity
  • Learner Identity
  • Eating disorders and body image
  • Adolescents and gender identity
  • Changing identities
  • Disfigurement- facial transplants
  • Appearance & identity
  • Organisational identity - branding
  • Disability and identity
  • Political identity
  • Cyber identity

We are delighted to announce Professor Viren Swami, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge as our keynote speaker on ‘Are we all thin enough yet? The globalisation of the thin ideal and the homogenisation of beauty’

We also look forward to welcoming our President Nicola Gale who will also give a keynote address and more high profile speakers will shortly be added to the programme.

This year our Post Graduate Prize returns along with our Under Graduate Prize competition. We also have a general poster competition.

The conference dinner and legendary after dinner entertainment will take place on Thursday 22nd March.

Call for Papers

Submissions are now open for the NIBPS 2018 Annual Conference through the BPS Submission System.

Papers, symposia, workshops and round table submissions are welcomed on your chosen topic. Further information and guidance can be found on the NIBPS 2018 Submission Guidelines.

Deadline for submitting symposia, oral presentations and workshops is 23:59 on 30th November 2017

Deadline for submitting posters is 23:59 on 20th December 2017


Please contact The Ballymascanlon Hotel directly to reserve your accommodation Tel: +353 (0)42 935 8200. Quote reference 'Psychology Conference'.

Single Room Bed & Breakfast - €85.00 per night
Double/Twin Room Bed & Breakfast - €140.00 per night
Triple room Bed & Breakfast - €180.00 per night

Registration for the NIBPS 2018 Annual Conference will open in early September.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.

Speakers and Facilitators

Professor Viren Swami

Keynote Speaker
Viren Swami is Professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. He is author of Attraction Explained: The Science of How We Form Relationships and The Missing Arms of Venus de Milo, and has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers. His areas of specialism include cross-cultural aspects of body image and human appearance, as well as the psychology of conspiracy theories.

Professor Rhiannon Turner

Keynote Speaker
Rhiannon Turner is a Professor of Psychology at Queen's University Belfast. She did her undergraduate degree at Cardiff University, her MSc at the University of Kent, and her D.Phil. at the University of Oxford. She held posts at the Universities of Birmingham and Leeds before taking up her current position in 2012. The main focus of her research is intergroup relations, with a particular interest in direct and indirect forms of contact (such as extended and imagined contact, and nostalgic recall of contact) as means of changing intergroup attitudes and behaviours. This research has been published in journals such as American Psychologist, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Bulletin, and has been funded by grants from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, and the National Institute for Health Research. She currently holds associate editorships at the British Journal of Social Psychology and Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Intergroup contact theory proposes that positive interactions between members of different groups improve intergroup relations. It should be especially effective among school children where opportunities exist to engage with outgroup peers and develop cross-group friendships. However, children do not always engage in such friendships, choosing to spend time with same-group peers even in diverse settings. To capitalise on the potential impact of contact in schools, a new


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