Scientific Program

The scientific program will include both theoretical and practical scientific papers. We welcome contributions from both scientific researchers from universities and practitioners in schools, reporting about their daily practice but also about their participation in broader fields of research such as applied school psychology, education, prevention, children's rights, etc. As such submissions should indicate under which sub-theme they are to be considered.

Sub-themes include:

  • Professional and Ethical Issues;
  • Diversity and Inclusion;
  • Psychological Assessment;
  • Creativity;
  • Social and Emotional Learning;
  • Motivation and Health Promotion;
  • Vocational Guidance.

The selection and organization of papers according to the theme and sub-themes will be made by the scientific committee, with continuous support and advice from ISPA EC.

The scientific program will include several formats for the contributions as detailed below.

Presentation Templates

Oral Presentations

An oral presentation provides the opportunity to present research results or experiences from practice.Individual oral presentations will be 30 minutes in length, including time for questions. The presentations will be grouped into thematic sessions (90 minutes) according to the topics of the congress.

Poster Presentations

Posters are an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to exhibit and discuss research results and practical experiences. Posters will be grouped into thematic sessions according to the congress topics. At the appointed time, at least one of the authors should be available to answer questions and discuss their work with congress participants.


Workshops provide an opportunity for a practitioner (or a group of practitioners) or researcher (or a group of researchers) to present specific new techniques, methods and tools for psychologists and other education professionals, from a practical point of view and in relation to the theme or sub-themes established for the Conference. This format will be 180 minutes or 360 minutes in length and it should involve interactive and co-operative activities and discussions among a limited number of participants. In some cases it could be decided the participants must register in advance in order to be able to attend the workshop.


Symposia provide an opportunity for up to five presenters (including a chairperson or moderator) to offer their perspectives on a single issue during a 90 minutes session devoted to said issue. Generally, a symposium might include four presenters and one discussant or five presenters with no discussant. It is desirable that a symposium include participants from a variety of countries or institutions, and it should provide an opportunity for audience discussion and involvement. The chairperson is responsible for submitting abstracts for the overall symposium as well as for the included presentations.

Roundtable Discussion

A proposed roundtable discussion can address a theme, topic, or and issue that is of importance for practical or scientific purposes. The person who suggests such a discussion should write an abstract which gives an introduction to the topic and a rationale for why the topic is important to discuss, as well as a set of participants. The same person should also be prepared to initiate the discussion at the congress.The roundtable sessions are meant to stimulate discussion and the exchange of ideas in a less formal forum than traditional presentations.