Scientific program

Version of September 8, 2018!

  • Wednesday 12 September 2018: preconference workshops for students + opening of conference (evening)
  • Thursday 13 September 2018: Core Themes: full day of keynotes, symposia, paper sessions & poster sessions on major topics
  • Friday 14 September 2018: Practitioners Day: full day of symposia, paper sessions, poster sessions & clinical workshops on applied topics + conference dinner (evening)
  • Saturday 15 September 2018: New Directions: full (!) day of innovative keynotes, symposia, paper sessions & poster sessions + closing of conference (evening)

Search the complete program of the conference (including all abstracts) through this link!

No printed conference book will be available for environmental reasons. However, these links with online program and search function will stay active during the conference!

Special events:

  • Wednesday 12 September 2018, 17.30-19.15: Opening Session in Auditorium 2!
  • Wednesday 12 September 2018, 19.30- ...: Opening Reception in Resto!
  • Thursday 13 September 2018, 13.30-17.00: EARA Council meeting, in Leslokaal 5.1!
  • Thursday 13 September 2018, 19.00-21.00: SECNET EARA Young Scholar Dinner, in restaurant De Stokerij!
  • Thursday 13 September 2018: 21.00-...: SECNET EARA Young Scholar Ghent tour, starting at De Stokerij!
  • Friday 14 September 2018: 8.30-10.00: SECNET Meet the Editors! session, in Auditorium 4!
  • Friday 14 September 2018: 15.30-17.00: EARA Award Session, in Auditorium 2!
  • Friday 14 September 2018: 12.30-13.30: Meeting of EARA National Representatives, in Leslokaal 5.1!
  • Friday 14 September 2018: 17.00-18.00: EARA General Assembly, in Auditorium 2!
  • Friday 14 September 2018: 19.30-...: EARA Conference Dinner & Party, in Stadsbrouwerij De Gruut!
  • Saturday 15 September 2018: 18.00-18.30: Closing Session, in Auditorium 2!

Confirmed keynote speakers:

 Confirmed invited symposium chairs:

The overall theme of this XVI biennial meeting of EARA is: “Nurturing adolescent growth”. Starting from a positive view on adolescence and recognizing that adolescence is a not only a period of risk but also an age of opportunity, we invite papers, posters and symposia that highlight positive youth development. Although we welcome contributions on any topic relevant to adolescent development (including risk for psychopathology), we particularly call for research dealing with features of adaptive development (e.g., prosocial behavior, adequate emotion regulation, personality maturity, social competence, identity strength, resilience) and contextual support for such positive development (e.g., high-quality parenting, supportive teacher-adolescent relationships, secure peer and romantic relationships).

Wim Beyers, Bart Soenens & Maarten Vansteenkiste, chairs of the organizing committee, together with all colleagues of Developmental Psychology at Ghent University.