International Union of Psychological Science
NicknameThe Union
PredecessorInternational Congress of Psychology committee
FormationJuly 17, 1951; 72 years ago (1951-07-17)
Founded atStockholm
TypeINGO, Learned society
Professional title
Region served
Secretary General
Ava Thompson
Germán Gutiérrez[1]
Parent organization
International Council for Science

The International Union of Psychological Science, abbreviated IUPsyS, is the global umbrella organization for psychology.


Starting in 1889, an International Congress of Psychology has been held every few years. The International Congress of Psychology committee was established to organize this. A few years after a statement by the United Nations which encouraged the establishment of international scientific societies, the 1948 International Congress in Edinburgh agreed to establish an international society similar to those which existed for other sciences. At the 1951 International Congress in Stockholm, the IUPsyS was officially established and statutes for it were accepted.[2]

Current functions

IUPsyS represents around one million psychologists worldwide. It is composed of 93 National Members[3] (national psychology organizations or coalitions of national psychology organizations, one per country), 7 regional members, and 19 affiliate or special liaison organizations. Together, these organizations represent the large majority of organized psychology today.

The overall mission [4] of IUPsyS, as specified in its statutes,[5] is the development, representation and advancement of psychology as a basic and applied science regionally, nationally, and internationally. This is accomplished through a variety of activities, including quadrennial international congresses (the IUPsyS is the sponsor of the International Congress of Psychology), regional conferences and workshops; publications; capacity building; development of standards; promulgation of policy; and information dissemination.

IUPsyS operates according to a strategic plan.[6] IUPsyS is a member of the International Council for Science (ICSU),[7] the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and is accredited with the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations (ECOSOC and DPI).

The International Journal of Psychology (IJP)[8] is the official journal of the IUPsyS, published by Psychology Press. It provides articles and reviews in every domain of psychology and informs the international community about issues of common interest in its International Platform Section.

The IUPsyS website provides information about IUPsyS and its activities. IUPsyS hosts Psychology Resources Around the World,[9] a web portal with information on the organizations and structure of psychology in 190 countries, and links to psychology information and resources around the world. Other publications include a news Bulletin, Newsletter, informational brochures, and books, including a History of the Union, the International Handbook of Psychology, and an international compendium of Psychological Concepts.

The activities undertaken by the IUPsyS are generally organized through its three Standing Committees: Strategic Planning, Capacity Building, Publications and Communications, and their associated Work Groups.[10]

The IUPsyS also continues to run the International Congress of Psychology.

Capacity Building Programs

The IUPsyS sponsors a variety of capacity building programs. These include:

In 2012, the IUPsyS sponsored a capacity building workshop on the Asian-Pacific region.[14]

The IUPsyS supports cooperation and exchange among members of the world community of psychologists through regular communication with its National Member organizations, in the biennial meetings of the Assembly of the Union, and through its web and print publications.

International congresses and leadership

International congresses and leadership[15]
Nr. Year International Congress Chair Term Secretary-General President
32 2020+ Prague ( Czech Republic) Stanislav Štech 2022-2026 Ava Thompson ( Bahamas) Germán Gutiérrez ( Colombia) [needs update]
31 2016 Yokohama ( Japan) Kazuo Shigemasu[16] 2016-2022[17] Ann Watts ( South Africa) Pam Maras ( United Kingdom)
30 2012 Cape Town ( South Africa) Saths Cooper 2012-2016 Ann Watts ( South Africa) Saths Cooper ( South Africa)
29 2008 Berlin ( Germany) Peter A. Frensch 2008-2012 Pierre L.-J. Ritchie ( Canada) Rainer K. Silbereisen ( Germany)
28 2004 Beijing ( China) Quicheng Jing 2004-2008 Pierre L.-J. Ritchie ( Canada) Bruce J. Overmier ( United States)
27 2000 Stockholm ( Sweden) Lars-Göran Nilsson 2000-2004 Pierre L.-J. Ritchie ( Canada) Michel Denis ( France)
26 1996 Montréal ( Canada) David Bélanger 1996-2000 Pierre L.-J. Ritchie ( Canada) Géry d'Ydewalle ( Belgium)
25 1992 Brussels ( Belgium) 1992-1996 Géry d'Ydewalle ( Belgium) Kurt Pawlik ( Germany)
24 1988 Sydney ( Australia) Peter Sheehan 1988-1992 Kurt Pawlik ( Germany) Mark R. Rosenzweig ( United States)
23 1984 Acapulco ( Mexico) Rogelio Diaz-Guerrero 1984-1988 Kurt Pawlik ( Germany) Wayne H. Holtzman ( United States)
22 1980 Leipzig ( East Germany) Friedhart Klix 1980-1984 Wayne H. Holtzman ( United States) Friedhart Klix ( East Germany)
21 1976 Paris ( France) Paul Fraisse 1976-1980 Wayne H. Holtzman ( United States) A. Summerfield ( United Kingdom)
20 1972 Tokyo ( Japan) Moriji Sagara 1972-1976 Wayne H. Holtzman ( United States) J. Nuttin ( Belgium)
19 1969 London ( United Kingdom) George C. Drew 1969-1972 Eugene Jacobsen ( United States) Roger Russell ( United States)
18 1966 Moscow ( Soviet Union) Aleksei N. Leontiev 1966-1969 Noël Mailloux ( Canada) Paul Fraisse ( France)
17 1963 Washington, D.C. ( United States) Otto Klineberg 1963-1966 Roger Russell ( United States) James Drever ( United Kingdom)
16 1960 Bonn ( West Germany) Wolfgang Metzger 1960-1963 Roger Russell ( United States) Otto Klineberg ( United States)
15 1957 Brussels ( Belgium) Albert Michotte 1957-1960 Otto Klineberg ( United States) Albert Michotte ( Belgium)
14 1954 Montréal ( Canada) 1954-1957 Otto Klineberg ( United States) Jean Piaget (  Switzerland)
13 1951 Stockholm ( Sweden) David Katz 1951-1954 Herbert Langfeld ( United States) Henri Piéron ( France)
12 1948 Edinburgh ( United Kingdom) James Drever IUPsyS not yet formed
World War II
11 1937 Paris ( France) Henri Pieron
10 1932 Copenhagen ( Denmark)
9 1929 New Haven ( United States) James McKeen Cattell
8 1926 Groningen ( Netherlands) Gerardus Heymans
7 1923 Oxford ( United Kingdom) Charles S. Myers
World War I
6 1909 Geneva (  Switzerland) Théodore Flournoy
5 1905 Rome ( Italy) Giuseppe Sergi
4 1900 Paris ( France) Théodule-Armand Ribot
3 1896 Munich ( Germany) Carl Stumpf
2 1892 London ( United Kingdom) Henry Sidgwick
1 1889 Paris ( France)

Executive Committee (2020-2022)


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