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AASP Small Group Meeting Application Form


If there are any questions about how the application should address the assessment criteria, the proponents may inquire directly with the Chair of the Small Group Meeting Subcommittee, Dr. Kim-Pong Tam at


Announcement of the AASP Small Group Meeting: Hong Kong, 2019


The Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) is pleased to announce a Small Group Meeting on “Narratives of Identity: Bridging the Divides in a Multicultural World – an AASP-IALSP Task Force” from July 7-9, 2019 at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon. The meeting is co-hosted by the International Research Centre for the Advancement of Health Communication and the Department of English at HKPolyU, in collaboration with the International Association of Language and Social Psychology (IALSP). The Organizing Committee warmly welcomes early and mid-career scholars, as well as exceptional postgraduates to apply to attend the meeting.

AASP and IALSP have a long-standing Memorandum of Understanding toexchange symposia at one another’s conferences. The narratives of identity that are the subject of this Small Group Meeting are ones that can be mobilized to bridge divides between different groups– nations, ethnicities, religions, professions, generations, and genders – through improved communications. This meeting unites three streams of research, each designed to interweave and to produce international research collaborations that result in publications and conference presentations. The goal of the meeting is to develop a Task Force that will present their research findings to the International Communications Association (2020), the IALSP (2020), and AASP (2021). Participants will be expected to take advantage of the data, theory and inspiration provided by workshop leaders to develop new research projects and publishable research papers. Publications in a special issue of the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Asian Journal of Social Psychology or other appropriate journals are an anticipated outcome of the meeting for participants.

1)  Prof Bernadette Watson & A/P Liz Jones: Bridging narrative divides in healthcare, between groups of health professionals and health consumers of different cultural backgrounds – articulating leadership and trialling interventions;

2)  Prof James Liu and Dr. Sammyh Khan: Bridging narrative divides in intergroup relations, between peoples and organizations embittered by historical memories of past conflict – by shifting identities and creating cosmopolitan narratives;

3)  Emeritus Prof Michael Harris Bond and Dr. Vivian Miu-Chi Lun: Bridging the divide in personal well-being across cultures – by conceptualizing the good life and understanding the process of achieving well-being across cultures;

Prof James Liu will share data he has collected from the Digital Influence survey (encompassing multiple waves with 20 to 40 countries, and thousands of participants, W1=20K, W2=16K) with participants (e.g. data on Satisfaction with Life and Social Representations of History). Other data sets may also be used. Participants will be expected to develop their own data-gathering after the workshop. There will also be opportunities for developing international collaborations based on shared research projects developed at the Small Group Meeting. These should center around interventions based on meeting themes.


We expect a maximum of 25 participants. They should be early and mid-career researchers who have a strong interest in researching these topic areas. Applicants will be required to write a paragraph about why they wish to attend the workshop, describe their current research expertise and how they might contribute to the workshop, and include a two page CV. They should also indicate in numerical order (from 1-3) which of the topics they are most interested in and why. All submissions must be in English and should be emailed to before Jan 15, 2019.

Meeting Theme

Narratives of Identity: Bridging the Divides in a Multi-Cultural World- an AASP- IALSP Task Force

Meeting Dates

July 7-9, 2019

Meeting Place

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Scientific Program

The meeting will commence on July 7 at 9.30am and conclude at 5pm on July 9. A detailed program will be emailed to all participants prior to the meeting.

Registration Fee

  1. No registration fee is charged for this meeting. Accommodation will be provided by the meeting at no charge. Participants will be provided with free lunches for three days during July 7 – 9 (box lunch). There are tea breaks in the morning and afternoon during the meeting (a total of 6 tea breaks).
  2. Participants are required to pay their own transportation fees to and from Hong Kong, apply for visas, and cover meals not planned by the workshop.

Important Dates

Nov 15, 2018: First Announcement (Call for Papers), applications for places at the meeting open. Up to 25 places are open to participants.

Jan 15, 2019: Applications close, Academic Committee reviews applications

Jan 31, 2019: Acceptances to the meeting decided, invitations sent out to applicants.

Upon acceptance, each participant should formally commit to attending the small group meeting, or give up their place to the next candidate. Failure to show up after acceptance will be viewed very negatively by AASP & IALSP.

March 31, 2019: Second Announcement to accepted applicants providing details of the collaborative research and inviting participants to elaborate on their research proposals to be shared in advance of the meeting

July 7-9 in Hong Kong at HK Polytechnic University

Contact Us

Any questions should be emailed to



Announcement of the AASP Small Group Conference: Australia, 2019


Supported by the Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP), the 2019 Small Group Conference Serving the Underserved in the Tropics: Making a Difference with Positive Psychology will be held from June 28-29, 2019 at the beautiful Townsville Campus of James Cook University, Australia. You can also join the conference at JCU Cairns campus, Australia or JCU Singapore campus via video conferencing. The Small Group conference is co-hosted by the Department of Psychology, and the AusAsian Mental Health Research Group (AMHRG), JCU. The Organizing Committee cordially invite researchers working in tropical areas in the Asia-Pacific region to attend the meeting.

Conference website:

Conference venue:
Primary conference venue: James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Secondary conference venue: James Cook University, Cairns, Australia and James Cook University, Singapore via video conferencing

Conference title:
Serving the Underserved in the Tropics: Making a Difference with Positive Psychology

Conference themes:
•    Mental health and psychological wellbeing in the tropics
•    Prejudice, discrimination and structural inequality
•    Individual and community resilience

Conference dates:
June 28-29, 2019

Scientific Program:
      Registration: 7:30am-9am, 28 June, 2019
      Day 1:

  • 9:00am-9:30am: Welcome to the Country and Welcome speech
  • 9:30am-10:30am: Keynote speech by Prof Darrin Hodgetts: ‘Researching poverty amidst an affluent society – The importance of immersion and substantive knowledge for social change
  • 10:30am-11:00am: Morning tea and networking
  • 11:00am-1pm: Presentations
  • 1pm-2pm: Lunch and networking
  • 2pm-3pm: Keynote speech by Prof Annalakshmi Narayanan: Predictors of resilience among adolescents of low socio economic status in India
  • 3pm-4pm: presentations
  • 4pm-4:30pm: Afternoon tea and networking
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm: Presentations
  • 5:30pm-5:40pm: Wrap up of the day

      Day 2:

  • 9:00am-12:00pm: Community Wellbeing Matters – the 2nd Townsville Intercultural Conversation, a community grassroots initiative collectively hosted by the Townsville Chinese Club, North Queensland Hindi Community, Townsville Pasifika Community, Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders Health Services and Townsville Islamic Society. The three keynote speakers will be invited as discussants in the forum.
  • 12pm-1pm: Lunch and networking
  • 1pm-2pm: Keynote speech (TBA)
  • 2pm-3pm: Presentations
  • 3pm-3:30pm: Afternoon tea and networking
  • 3:30pm-5pm: Presentations
  • 5pm-5:30pm: Wrap up of the Small Group conference

Abstract submission guideline:
Please email your abstract to:

Meeting Language

Registration Fee

  1. No registration fees for AASP members and JCU Psychology students.
  2. Registration fees for non-AASP members and non-JCU Psychology students: AU$30
  3. Participants will be provided with lunches and morning and afternoon teas during the conference without extra charges.
  4. A free electronic version of the Abstract Book will be provided on the conference website.
  5. Participants will need to pay their own transportation fees to and from the conference venue, accommodation and breakfasts and dinners during the conference.

Best Student Paper Award – full paper submission is required for the eligibility for the award:

  • 1st Prize: AU$300
  • 2nd prize: AU$200
  • 3rd Prize: AU$100

Important Dates

  • October 15, 2018: First Announcement (Call for Papers)
  • October 15, 2018: Abstract submission starts
  • January 15, 2019: Deadline for abstracts accepted
  • January 20, 2019: Conference Academic Committee review abstracts.
  • March 1, 2019: Second Announcement (Abstract acceptance notification)
  • March 1, 2019: Registration starts
  • May 1-20, 2019: Full papers submission for best student paper selection
  • June 1, 2019: Third (final) Announcement (Including PPT submission guideline, transportation and accommodation information).

Contact Us
Please contact us at:
The Chair of the Organizing Committee (and the Convener of AMHRG) Dr Wendy Li will be happy to field inquiries and engage in dialogue to shape Small Group Conference as an exciting event for researchers to share their insights into serving the underserved in the tropics.
We look forward to your participation!



AASP Small Group Meeting, 2018, Nanjing


Meeting Theme: Diversity in Wisdom: Insights from Psychology

In the face of pressing issues such as global warming, economic recession, political unrest, and social inequality, the world requires more wisdom. However, despite 40 years of scientific research, what is wisdom, and how to cultivate wisdom, is still not fully understood. Early psychological wisdom research explored implicit and explicit wisdom, which laid the foundation for the later measurement models. There are cultural differences in the cognition of wisdom. Wisdom theories differ dramatically across cultures and subcultures, and even from person to person, depending on characteristics such as sex, age, and level of education. Exploring diversity and determinants of wisdom theories remain an important task for wisdom researchers. Also, exploring the wisdom under the oriental cultural background can infuse vigor and vitality into the research of wisdom psychology.

We recently started to send the MWP2018 Newsletter periodically. The outline of MWP 2018 is as follows. The Small Group Meeting of Wisdom Psychology 2018 (MWP 2018) will be held in Nanjing, China from November 3rd (Saturday) to November 4th (Sunday) 2018.

The meeting welcomes psychological research contributions from different fields of wisdom, and especially those from places that have fewer opportunities to participate in such meetings and projects. Keynote addresses, invited addresses, and invited symposia will represent most regions of wisdom psychology. If your abstract is selected, the meeting will not charge a registration fee.

The deadline for abstract submission for EARLY REVIEW is July 15th, 2018. Regular abstract submission and congress registration will open on August 1st, 2018. Send your abstract to: .

The forthcoming newsletter will contain more information about the meeting, such as Keynote Addresses, the details of the Young Scholar Academic Grant, social events, etc. Therefore, please do not miss out on the next edition of the newsletter. We look forward to welcoming you in Nanjing, China.

Best regards,

The MWP 2018 Organizing Committee