IUPsyS Backgroud Information

IUPsyS: The International Union of Psychological Science

IUPsyS is dedicated to the development, representation and advancement of Psychology as a basic and applied science nationally, regionally and internationally. Founded in 1951, it now includes over 70 national psychological associations and speaks on behalf of over half a million psychologists worldwide regarding all aspects of psychological science. It represents Psychology in global science bodies (it is a member of the International Science Council, ICSU, and the International Social Science Council, ISSC) and collaborates with key global agencies (such WHO and the UN) and with other international psychology bodies.

Current priorities of IUPsyS include:

  • Building the worldwide capacity for psychology education, research, professional practice and policy through working at individual, national, regional and global levels. We run regular regional conferences and workshops, as well as a range of topic-specific capacity-building events.
  • International representation, in conjunction with global bodies and agencies. An example is our work with WHO on the development and coordination of the International Classification Diseases.
  • Communication and dissemination of effective science, practice and policy, through publications (including the flagship journal, the International Journal of Psychology), extensive web-based resources and the four-yearly International Congress of Psychology (ICP), attracting up to 8,000 delegates.
  • Service to our National Members and to the discipline, through a range of information exchanges (Newsletter, Bulletin), the development of international frames of reference (a current focus is on education and training), and promotion of excellence and achievement through an awards programme.


This last IUPsyS programme includes five major international Awards. The Mattei Dogan Prize recognises a major advancement in Psychology by a scholar or team, and was first awarded to Professor Michael Posner at the 2008 International Congress of Psychology. The other four Awards are new for 2012. The two Young Investigator Awards recognise young scientists who have made a significant contribution in science, with one award for work in basic science and the other for work in applied science. The Achievement Against the Odds Award honours a researcher or team who succeeded in conducting research under extremely difficult circumstances, and the Lifetime Career Award honours distinguished and enduring lifetime contributions to international cooperation and advancement of knowledge.

Further information on the International Union of Psychology may be seen on the IUPsyS website at: www.iupsys.net