Welcome to the start-up website of the 2010 ISSBD congress !
Latest: Proposals for the 2010 congress can now be submitted ON LINE
The NEW CONGRESS WEBSITE is now accessible at
with details of the
first OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS
an online proposal Abstract submission page
Closing date for submission of proposals for symposia and poster presentations: 31 October 2009.
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The emerging INVITED SPEAKERS PROGRAM in early June 2009 was as follows:
Time-line for development of the congress program:
April 2009. Contractual engagement of a Professional Conference Organising firm to work with the Local Organising Committee on preparation and management of the Congress. The firm has already been selected with the approval of the University of Zambia Tender Committee, and the formal contract is expected to be signed in the next few days.
May 2009. Invitation of selected scholars to deliver an invited or keynote lecture at the congress, or to convene an invited symposium. (A broad range of nominations for these invitations has already been received by the Local Organising Committee, which is in the process of scrutinizing and short-listing them.)
May – June 2009. Dissemination and publication on this webpage of an open CALL FOR PROPOSALS, together with preliminary details of the “invited programme”.
15 September 2009. EARLY DECISION Closing date for submission of Abstracts for symposia and poster presentations, requiring a decision before the end of November 2009.
August – November 2009. Review of submitted proposals by the Proposal Review Panel (This has already been constituted).
November 2009. Notification of successful EARLY DECISION applicants that their proposals have been accepted, following review by the Proposal Review Panel.
For MORE DETAILSand UPDATES please go to the current website at www.issbd2010.com
The 21st international biennial meetings of
will be hosted by
the University of Zambia (UNZA)
18 - 22 July 2010
A young nation that achieved political independence in 1964, Zambia is proud of its reputation as one of the most peaceful, tolerant and democratic societies on the African continent. Zambia is situated in the centre of the southern half of the continent, with a surface area of about 750,000 square kilometers, mostly on a plateau about 1200 m above sea level.
The climate includes both temperate and sub-tropical ecosystems. During the winter months of May to August the weather in Lusaka is generally cool and dry, with temperatures ranging from 16 to 27 Celsius (60-81 Fahrenheit), warmer in the middle of the day than at night and towards the end of the period when it is proposed to hold the congress.
The population of about 11 million is predominantly composed of indigenous Africans, speaking a variety of Bantu languages, of which Nyanja, Bemba, Tonga and Lozi are the most widely spoken, alongside English, which is the principal medium of communication in all official domains, including the daily press, most radio and television broadcasting, parliamentary debates, higher law courts, civil service administration, and the formal sectors of commerce and industry, as well as all tertiary and secondary education and the upper grades of basic education.
Other small sections of the population (less than two percent each) are of European or Indian origin or of mixed ethnic heritage, and are generally well integrated into the life of the society. In contrast with its 50-year history of colonial oppression and racial segregation as part of the British empire, Zambia has from the beginning of its existence as a sovereign state espoused a public policy of racial equality, tolerance and integration. Visitors to Lusaka will find a cosmopolitan society, which is both accustomed to the presence of foreigners from many parts of the world and generally welcoming of them. The Republic of Zambia and the University of Zambia will be pleased to make the Congress available to all ‘without let or hindrance’ in accordance with the principles of the free Movement of Scientists of the International Council of Scientific Unions.
The Zambian economy is currently emerging from a period of prolonged, deep depression, and material poverty is still widespread. However, encouraging signs of economic recovery over the past few years include massive cancellation of the crippling international debt accumulated in the 1990s, reduction of the runaway rate of annual inflation to single figures, and a number of high profile direct investments in the mining sector. Mining (notably of copper and cobalt) has long been a principal driver of the economy, which is now complemented by a growing agricultural sector. Alongside these and the manufacturing sector, the national government, which was returned to power for a second five-year term in the 2006 elections, has identified tourism as one of its four priority areas of planned development.
The capital city of Zambia, Lusaka, is the seat of national government, parliament and law courts, as well as the first and largest public university, UNZA. It has been the venue for many large regional and international conferences, beginning with the founding conference of the Organisation of Non-Aligned Nations in 1970.
Lusaka is situated in the centre of the country and houses a population of about 1.2 million in an area of 136 square kilometers. More than half of these live in high density, poorly serviced residential areas (known as compounds) on the periphery, most of which started as informal squatter settlements formed by migrants from rural areas since 1964, but many have since been upgraded with the introduction of piped water, access roads, health clinics and schools, as well as more durable building materials.
The central part of the city, where the congress activities will be concentrated, covers an area of 36 square kilometers, and is served by fairly reliable, modern water, sanitation, electricity and telephone services, as well as a growing number of internet access facilities.
The main arteries are attractively laid out with wide avenues lined by flowering trees.
Public buildings of interest include the Parliament and the University, both of which are within walking distance from the conference centre, and the Lusaka museum. All the major hotels and most of the lodges fall within a radius of about 5 km from the conference centre, and outside brief rush hour periods, the road traffic is light affording a 10-15 minute commuting time. In addition to the dining facilities at the conference centre and the hotels and lodges, Lusaka has a sizable and growing range of restaurants, that offer a broad spectrum of international cuisine.
Beyond the city centre, as in many cities of the Third World, the surfacing of feeder roads street lighting and public transport are below international standards. However, Lusaka is a relatively safe city to explore, and there are plenty of private taxis for hire. Those interested will be offered assistance by the conference secretariat to visit the bustling markets, churches and other public areas that host the daily life of the majority of the city's population.
The University of Zambia (UNZA) http://www.unza.zm
was one of the projects of the independence movement and opened its doors to the first cohort of less than 300 students in March 1966. Since then student enrolment has grown to over 7,000 full-time undergraduates plus about 2,000 studying by distance education. Graduate student enrollment is now growing rapidly, with about 400 students in over fifty Masters degree programmes, and a handful of doctoral students. The University has nine schools and three Directorates. The largest of these is the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, with more than 2,000 enrolled students, 70 academic staff in post, and ten Departments. One of these is the Psychology Department, with ten academic staff currently in post. In addition, three recent graduates of UNZA currently hold Staff Development Fellowships and are enrolled in a split site UNZA/Leiden University Masters degree programme in Child and Adolescent Psychology.
In addition to six developmentally oriented scholars on the current staff of the Psychology Department, UNZA has four more based in the School of Education's Department of Educational Psychology, Sociology and Special Education, and two in the School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics and Child Health. These three Departments have joined together to form the Local Organising Committee for the ISSBD international congress in 2010.
The LOC will be assisted in the development of the congress programme by two international panels of experts:
The International Scientific Programme Committee (ISPC), and
The African Research Advisory Panel (ARAP)
The teaching of psychology at the University of Zambia started with the Human Development Research Unit (HDRU) at the Institute for Social Research (now the Institute for Economic and Social Research), shortly after the Institute was incorporated within the University at its inception in 1965. The University's tradition of research on behavioural development can be traced back to that period. Currently undergraduate courses in various aspects of psychology are offered in three different Schools of the University: Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Medicine. A new initiative, funded by NOMA, will this year bring the Psychology Department and the School of Medicine into a new area of cooperation in offering a Masters degree in Clinical Neuropsychology, building much needed local expertise to address the neuropsychological challenges of HIV infection.
The University has hosted numerous international worskshops and conferences in the past. In 1996, Prof Serpell and Ms Mwape of the UNZA Psychology Department served as Chair and Secretary of the local organising committee for an African Regional Workshop sponsored by the ISSBD which included scholars from 11 African countries, Finland, Germany and the USA. The Department is thus already fully conversant with the aims and objectives of the ISSBD, and will gladly make a commitment to host the 2010 international congress in accordance with the Guidelines published by the Society. More recently, in 2005, as the then Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Serpell organised a consultative meeting in Lusaka for Vice-Chancellors of the 47 universities of the 13-nation SADC sub-region, co-sponsored by the World Bank and the Open Society Institute of Southern Africa, to develop the framework for an organisation that was formally launched in 2006 as the Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA). In 2006, the UNZA Directorate of Research and Graduate Studies hosted an international conference on interdisciplinary research that attracted scientific presentations by more than 40 scholars from several African countries and Belgium. And in 2007, the UNZA School of Medicine co-hosted with the Epilepsy Association of Zambia a meeting of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience that attracted 23 scientific presentations and 71 participants. A sequel to that meeting will be held in Lusaka from 12 to 16 April 2009, on the theme of Epilepsy and Stigma. For more details see the confernce website: http://www.epilepsyzambia2009.org.