IACCP Next Generation Special Interest Group
This SIG will use existing structures and networks to achieve:
1) Attracting young members interested in psychology and culture to IACCP and to grow the association for the future
2) Provide support for research, learning and teaching for young academics and students
3) Involve young members more in IACCP through building of both horizontal and vertical support networks (see below)
Who can join?
Any IACCP member who is interested (we will have use for young and senior members – see below)
History & Developments to date
After a very successful PhD summer school in Istanbul in 2011, a core group of young researchers has started a number of initiatives in organizing a young group. The two key outcomes of this initiative are
A) Next Generation Facebook Group. Facebook is the worldwide primary social network that allows people to link with others, share photos, files, information and interact with each other. We currently have 253 members on this network, which has been growing based on word of mouth. There are regular discussions and postings on this site on topics related to culture and psychology. Click HERE to see the Facebook page.
B) An internet blog on culture and psychology. Blogging is likely to be the primary way of disseminating and distributing scientific knowledge in the near future and we need to become more active online. The blog is on the IACCP website (see https://www.iaccp.org/youthblog) and we have a small editorial group. We now have interviews with a number of key cross-cultural researchers that are presented as blog posts.
Continuing involvement of IACCP members in strategic planning of Next Generation SIG
We already have consulted widely with interested members about the needs, goals, directions and activities for the Next Generation SIG. The following points reflect these consultations and a core aspect of the proposed SIG is to continue this grass-roots approach to planning and running the SIG.
Attracting & involving new student and non-student members
1) Competitions geared towards undergraduate and graduate students (e.g., essay, research proposal, critical reflection essays)
2) Poster sessions at conferences for undergrad students (to highlight their work, provide feedback, get them to network)
3) Outreach outside association by expanding the blog, writing Wikipedia entries and creating podcasts
1) Creation of online support systems for sharing and discussing research ideas. This has partially happened
through the Next Generation Facebook group already. We envision more discussions along social network platforms (ResearchGate, LinkedIn, etc.).
2) Small-group meetings and workshops of students and experienced researchers to discuss specific topics, methods and research proposals. One such meeting is planned for the European summer period 2013.
Supporting learning & teaching (especially in low-income and non-English speaking contexts)
1) Provide resources (e.g., dedicated website page to Next Generation SIG, distribution of books, etc.). A core aspect would be to develop and provide translation of core research material from English into other languages, this is particularly important for reaching student audiences that are less comfortable in speaking and communicating in English
2) Organize winter / summer schools or workshops at IACCP conferences. It may not be possible to run such initiatives each year. One option that we have been discussing is having informal workshops outside conferences in strategic locations (e.g., Europe, Asia – modelled on small group research meetings in which members present and discuss their research while being in a pleasant environment)
Horizontal Support networks
1) Growing and expanding the Facebook group
2) Organizing social events & meetings (at conferences or ad-hoc)
Vertical support network
The key idea is to use the institutional knowledge in our association to benefit young members. We have lots of experienced senior researchers that can help and advise younger researchers and students about issues related to career choices, research opportunities or teaching. We would welcome established researchers as members of the SIG who then can provide support to younger members on an ad-hoc or more regular basis. This could even take the form of a more formal mentor network. The perception of students and young esearchers is often that senior people are not easily reachable, this initiative would try to overcome these perceptions and help young members to grow within the association. This could also be developed into a platform where younger researchers could seek feedback on manuscript drafts or research proposals before submission.