San Juan – Puerto Rico
San Juan – Puerto RicoJune 8, 2006
First International Conference
Shared Agendas in Diversity
From June 8 to 10, 2006, the First International Conference was held of Community Psychology: Shared Agendas in Diversity, whose headquarters was the University of Puerto Rico, R o Piedras Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Representatives from more than thirty countries of the world.
“This conference, which underwent almost three years of planning, utilized hundreds of volunteers, and in which almost 200 people participated, represented a struggle against institutional mills, bureaucracy, and colonialism. We will never forget the powerful image that was engraved in the minds of those of us who attended the activity’s opening session when they asked at least one person to stand up and represent each country, and social community psychologists from 36 countries of the world showed us their diverse faces” (International Community Psychology: Shared Agendas in Diversity, p. xxxv)
Conference # of total participants # of countries Proportion of nationals to foreigners I San Juan 360 34 41% Puerto Rico
59% from other countries
Lisbon – Portugal
Lisbon – PortugalJuly 1, 2008
Building participative, empowering & diverse communities
Visioning Community Psychology in a worldwide perspective
Lisboa, 4-6 June, 2008
The II International Conference on Community Psychology in 2008 has had as main aim to contribute towards the advancement of an international movement inspired in the principles and values of community psychology. The presence of delegates from 36 different countries and the support of international organizations such as SCRA (Society for the Community Research and Action), ECPA (European Community Psychology Association), and the Community Psychology Colleges of the Iberoamerican and Australian Psychology Association, was for us an honor, and also we have had representatives from national associations from New Zealand, Japan, Italy, France, Germany, United Kingdom, and Portugal, providing to this event a globalized dimension.
Conference # of total participants # of countries Proportion of nationals to foreigners II Lisbon 564 39 28% Portugal
72% other countries
Puebla – Mexico
Puebla – MexicoJune 3, 2010
Community Approaches to
Contemporary Social Problems
June 3 – 5, 2010 Puebla, Mexico
The Third Conference celebrated in June 2010 at Universidad Iberoamericana in Puebla, Mexico, focused on “Community Approaches to Contemporary Social Problems”. It addressed the scientific and professional status of Community Psychology as an international endeavor from the perspective of the historical and sociocultural context of present day social concerns and as a multidisciplinary “linking science” able to afford an original and needed contribution to deal with them.
Conference # of total participants # of countries Proportion of nationals to foreigners III Puebla 695 34 37% Mexico
63% from other countries
Barcelona – Spain
Barcelona – SpainJune 21, 2012
Rethinking Community Action in the new century
21-23 June, 2012
The IV international conference of community psychology is organised by the university of Barcelona in collaboration with the autonomous university of Barcelona. It continued the undertaking of previous international conferences of forging shared agendas and effective answers to the social problems and aspirations there’s a new century from an approach that fosters human development by means of social participation and synergic action that, by transcending diversity and plurality of positions, allows corporation for facing existing challenges.
Conference # of total participants # of countries Proportion of nationals to foreigners IV Barcelona 720 34 19% Spain
81% from other countries
Fortaleza – Brasil
Fortaleza – BrasilSeptember 3, 2014
Community Psychology in the current world: challenges, limits and practices.
It aimed to create spaces for questioning and reflection on the paths of Community Psychology in recent years. Knowing that the global, social, economic, environmental and politics transformations have deeply affected its theorizing and praxis, the conference had the main purpose of analyzing the Community Psychology in the current world today from its limits, challenges and practices.
Conference # of total participants # of countries Proportion of nationals to foreigners V Fortaleza 946 24 81% Brasil
19% from other countries
Durban – Sth Africa
Durban – Sth AfricaMay 27, 2016
Global dialogues on critical knowledges, liberation and community
The 6th International Conference on Community Psychology (ICCP2016) was held at the Durban International Convention Centre, South Africa on 27-30 May. This is the first time this conference has been held on the African continent. The conference theme, Global Dialogues on Critical Knowledges, Liberation and Community, encouraged a safe space to critique the assumptions and far-reaching influences underlying the dominant knowledge economy in community psychology, considered to be largely shaped by imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, globalisation, ethnocentricism and racism.
Conference # of total participants # of countries Proportion of nationals to foreigners VI Durban 463 46 60% South Africa
40% from other countries
Santiago – Chile
Santiago – ChileOctober 5, 2018
The community in motion
The central theme of the conference emphasized the exchange and debate on the participation and organizational power of current communities in the generation of spaces for coexistence, solidarity and integration that promote respect for diversity, and change, both in their structure as well as its dynamics and contents. In this framework, the approach to Community Psychology is proposed from an analytical perspective of concepts, practices, techniques, experiences and knowledge related to the extensive field of “the community”, its transformation and the value of its impact on the social coexistence, inclusion and community and social well-being.
Conference # of total participants # of countries Proportion of nationals to foreigners VII Santiago 780 33 48% Chile
52% from other countries
Melbourne – Australia
Melbourne – AustraliaNovember 11, 2020
Fostering and sustaining solidarities
Online November 11-13, 2020
ICCP 2020 built on previous conferences and was based in Melbourne and the broader Asia-Pacific region. This location was originally and continues to be home to many Aboriginal communities. The conference sought to celebrate and interrogate the ways solidarities are fostered and sustained within community contexts, across borders and boundaries, digital and non-digital spaces, and through process of knowledge production.
Due to COVID restrictions around the world this was the first fully online ICCP
Conference # of total participants # of countries Proportion of nationals to foreigners VIII Melbourne 363 25 38% Australia
62% from other countries
Naples – Italy
Naples – ItalySeptember 22, 2022
Bonds and bridges among people and environments
SAVE THE DATE 22-24 September 2022
Montevideo – Uruguay
Montevideo – UruguayJuly 1, 2024
Montevideo – Uruguay
Welcome to an archive which remembers and celebrates the International Conference of Community Psychology. The conferences were initiated in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2006. They have since been held biannually in Portugal, Mexico, Spain, Brasil, South Africa, Chile and online in Australia. The conferences have been sustained through an organic, collaborative process and there is no central organising body per se. Previous conference holders become part of the democratic process of selecting future ones. Over the years the conference has fostered important trans-national networks of people that have produced a number of special issues, papers, presentations and other work. A more detailed history of the conferences can be found here
The site will be an active, dynamic archive of conference material, and community psychology related resources, news, and upcoming events. The site is a collaborative effort from the countries that have hosted previous conferences, but if you have any material suitable for the site, please contact us and we will endeavour to include it.
While the site is constantly evolving, there is plenty to see. There are the full programs for each conference, special issues published from each conference, flyers, videos, and other promotional material. Australia having hosted the first fully online ICCP has most of the content available to watch here. There are also a large number of photographs from all the conferences, just search the photo galleries from the menu above.
We hope you take some time to enjoy and engage with the work, spirit and people who have come together every two years to foster the International Conference on Community Psychology.
What have international conferences contributed to community psychology?
Watch the roundtable discussion from ICCP2020 with Irma Serrano-Garcia, Meg Bond, Christopher Keys, Blanca Ortiz-Torres, Tesania Castro