EAWOP Small Group Meeting

Original Date: 9 - 11 September 2020

New Date: 15 - 17 December 2021

New Call for papers (see below)

The meeting focuses on developing practical tools and practices that can be used to build a sustainable future for WOP. It is open to everyone who is actively involved in the area of work and organizational psychology.

The format of this small-scale conference is based on active participation and co-creation. We plan several interactive activities, including workshops, hack-a-thons, lightening talks and unconferenced sessions. 

Registration link will be available here soon. Please check COVID-related updates.

 

Important update related to
COVID-19 crisis

Dear all, 

We hope you are doing well under the current circumstances. 

We are very happy to confirm new details concerning the FoWOP Small Group Meeting 2021:

Date: 15 - 17 December 2021

Location: Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium 

Please see the renewed Call for papers below and keep an eye out on this website.

 

We are looking forward to seeing you in December! 

Sincerely,

 

The organizing committee:

Dieu Hack-Polay 

Franziska Kößler

Theresa Leyens

Tim Vantilborgh 

Renewed Call for papers

Please note that the submission deadline has been extended to 20th August, 2021.

This meeting focuses on two major thematic tracks with the emphasis on (co-)creating practical tools to address contemporary issues within the field of WOP. 

  1. Building tools to improve WOP research: This track focuses on taking a critical stance to how we do research in WOP—both in terms of theory and research methods—and to develop tools that help WOP members to improve the quality of their research. We introduce insights from various critical traditions, to address the dominance of neo-positivist epistemologies in WOP, enabling us to grapple with fundamental questions about the nature of what and how we research. Simultaneously, we build on the notion of substantive-methodological synergy, emphasizing the need for a close match between research questions and research methods. We invite participants to reflect on methodological pluralism and link this topic to open science practices and other best practices. 

  2. Building tools to improve life in academia: Within this track, we want to capitalize on the expertise of participants to develop tools that help improve life in academia. On the one hand, we invite participants to use their expertise to make academia a healthier workplace, for example by developing tools that can help deal with job uncertainty or burnout within an academic context. On the other hand, we encourage participants to reflect on practices that promote equality in the workplace, to improve wellbeing for everyone in academia. 

We invite participants to submit a proposal that relates to one of these two tracks in one of the following four formats:

1. Workshops: These sessions involve guided instruction and training by experienced mentors.

2. Unconference sessions: Participants can freely pitch and discuss ideas during these sessions, which are moderated by the session organisers and focus on a particular topic or issue.

3. Lightning talks:These sessions include short, five-minute presentations which may be bundled into lightning talk sessions (i.e., participants do not need to submit symposium style proposals, but an individual presentation).

Program of the meeting*

Many academics have become increasingly critical about the theoretical landscape in (work) psychology, the practical and societal relevance of our research, the prevalence of Questionable Research Practices, the rise of work pressure and mental health problems in academia, the problems relating to inequalities at universities, and the methodological isomorphism that favors predominantly quantitative, positivistic epistemologies in WOP. 

With this Small Group Meeting, we want to address the abovementioned issues that affect our field by developing practical tools and practices that can be used to build a sustainable future for WOP that has societal relevance, promotes equality, embraces diversity, makes academia a healthy environment, and builds on rigorous scientific methods. 

To achieve this goal, we will use non-traditional formats that focus on active participation and co-creation, including:

Workshops: These sessions involve guided instruction and training by experienced mentors. 

Hack-a-thons: These sessions involve projects where all participants jointly work toward a clear end goal. 

Unconferenced sessions: Participants can freely pitch and discuss ideas during these sessions, which are moderated by the session organizers and focus on a particular topic or issue.  

Lightning talks: These sessions include short, five-minute presentations. 

*Detailed program of the meeting will be available soon.