DGPs / ÖGP-Kongress: abgesagt; DGPs / ÖGP congress: cancelled

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Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

mit großem Bedauern möchten wir Ihnen heute mitteilen, dass der gemeinsame Kongress von DGPs / ÖGP vom 13. bis 17. September 2020  abgesagt wird. Selbst wenn im September Reise- und Veranstaltungsbeschränkungen nicht länger in Kraft sein sollten, haben Ihre Gesundheit und Sicherheit die höchste Priorität für die Vorstände von DGPs und ÖGP. Da wir nicht erwarten, dass sich die Situation im Zusammenhang mit COVID-19 so schnell entspannt, haben wir schon heute entschieden, nicht länger zu warten und den Kongress sofort abzusagen.
Wir haben auch kurz die Möglichkeit eines digitalen Kongresses diskutiert, sind aber zur Überzeugung gekommen, dass er nicht den Zweck des Kongresses erfüllen würde.
Die DGPs plant aber eine virtuelle Mitgliederversammlung. Details folgen. Es gibt auch die Möglichkeit, dass ein DGPs-Kongress in Wien 2024 veranstaltet werden könnte, vorausgesetzt wir finden einen passenden Termin und die Mitglieder der DGPs stimmen zu. Das wird wahrscheinlich schon ein Thema auf der virtuellen Mitgliederversammlung im September.
Alles Gute für Sie in diesen außergewöhnlichen Zeiten, die Vorstände von DGPs und ÖGP und das DGPs / ÖGP Kongress-Team


Dear colleagues,

It is with sincere regret that we hereby wanted to let you know that the joint congress of the DGPs / ÖGP from September 13th to 17th, 2020, has been cancelled. Even if travel and event restrictions would no longer apply in September, your health and safety have the highest priority for the boards of DGPs and ÖGP. As we do not expect the situation surrounding COVID-19 to resolve so quickly, today we decided not to wait any longer and to cancel the congress straightaway.
We also briefly discussed the possibility of a digital congress, but concluded that it would not serve the purpose of the congress.
DGPs plans a virtual meeting of its members though. Details will be announced later. There is also the prospect of a DGPs congress in Vienna in 2024 if we can find a suitable date and DGPs members' approval. This will probably also be a topic of the upcoming virtual members' meeting in September.
All the best for you in these exceptional times, The boards of the DGPs and ÖGP, and the DGPs / ÖGP Congress Team

Dates & Deadlines

From Deadline
Start of submissions 18.11 2019 18.01 2020
Registration April/May 2020
Notification of acceptance of submissions April/May 2020
Early bird registration end 30.06.2020
Registration for active presenters ends* 30.06.2020
Start of the on site registration 01.09.2020
Conference program end of August/early September 2020
Pre-conference workshops 12.09.2020 and 13.09.2020
Start of the conference 13.09.2020

*  for presenters/first authors, failure to register until June 30th, 2020, means that the accepted contribution is considered withdrawn and the presentation is not contained in the final program.


DGPs 2020 offers a number of pre-conference workshops. You will be able to register for the workshops in April/May. Access to the workshops is limited and you can participate on a first come, first serve basis.

Important Information for potential Contributors

Please read carefully through these instructions to ensure that your contribution can be considered for the 52. DGPs congress/ 15. ÖGP conference. Please note that submissions have to be made through our ConfTool system.

I. Only submissions by first-author presenters that have registered for the conference and paid their conference fees until June 30th, 2020, will be included in the final program. First authors have to present their contributions at the conference.

II. If the number of positively reviewed submissions exceeds the capacity limitations of the venue, submissions will be selected for presentation on the basis of the date of their submission (from early to late).

III. The DGPs as organizer and ÖGP as scientific partner reserve the right to accept submissions conditional on a change of submitted presentation type (e.g., from talk to poster), depending on the reviews (at least 1 review per poster, at least 2 reviews per talk or other submission types).

IV. In contrast to prior DGPs and ÖGP conferences, posters will be presented continuously throughout the conference, parallel to the talks.

V. In general, per each first author, only one submission will be accepted for presentation. For example, participants may organize only one symposium or Hot Topic symposium (and present a research talk within it); or present a position paper; or present a poster; or present a research talk. Exceptions are keynotes, discussant in a symposium, demonstrations, flashlights, organization of and contribution to one and the same symposium, more than one contribution to one and the same symposium (e.g. a research talk in a symposium and an introduction to the same symposium), contributions to panel discussions, contributions to interactive fora, and pre-conference workshops. For example, participants may present a poster, a flashlight (e.g., on the same topic) and contribute to an interactive forum; or participants may organize a pre-conference workshop, organize a symposium and present a research talk within the symposium, and serve as discussant in another symposium.


When logging into the Conftool submission system, please follow the instructions carefully to ensure that your contribution can be considered for the 52. DGPs congress/ 15. ÖGP conference. Please note that submissions have to be made through this link.

Submission Types

The DGPs congress / ÖGP conference invites the following types of submissions/presentations in German or in English. In general, submitted Abstracts should not exceed 250 words length. More information on submission requirements can be found in the submission system (ConfTool).


1. Posters

Posters (dimensions: A0 portrait, 841 mm x 1189 mm) covering empirical, conceptual, theoretical, or methodological research can be submitted. Each poster will be displayed in one of several poster sessions scheduled in the program. Authors remain with their poster for questions and discussions for designated times slots specified in the final program. We recommend that you bring handouts of your poster with you. Material for mounting the posters will be available from the help desk.


2. Poster Group

In a poster group, thematically related research conducted by different first authors on a specific question is presented in the shape of posters (dimensions: A0 portrait, 841 mm x 1189 mm). As a rule, a poster group should consist of 4 to 12 posters. Related posters are presented together within the same poster session. 


3. Symposium

In a symposium, thematically related research conducted by different first authors on a specific question is presented. Four to six abstracts (max. 250 words per abstract) can be submitted for presentation in a joint symposium (total duration 90 minutes). Including at least one discussion paper is recommended but not obligatory.


4. Coupled Symposia

Coupled symposia allow you to organize a symposium extending over two successive 90-minute allotments. If you plan to organize a topical symposium for at least eight and up to 12 contributions (which total number may include a discussion and/or introduction), a copupled symposium is the right format for you. Please note though that coupled symposia may start prior to a lunch break and continue after the break or that they may start late on Day X and may be continued early on Day Y.


5. Hot Topic Symposium

The same formal requirements apply for a Hot Topic symposium as for the other symposia. In addition, all abstracts must be submitted and presented in English to ensure that they are accessible for our international guests. Hot Topics are identified by the heads of the subsections (Fachgruppenleitungen) of the DGPs and have to be approved by the board of the DGPs. Once a Hot Topic has been approved, it will show up among the keywords in the submission system, such that authors can select these keywords for their submission if the authors think they fit. It should be noted though that the final decision about whether a particular presentation figures as a contribution to a Hot Topic rests with the heads of the subsections again. In addition, naturally not each presentation that belongs to a Hot Topic has to be and will be presented within the same symposium. There can be single presentations belonging to a Hot Topic, and there can be several symposia belonging to the same Hot Topic.


6. Interactive Forum

The aim of this format is to benefit from the presence of a large number of experts at the DGPs Congress in order to launch thematic networks as well as initiate site-independent work or research groups. An interactive forum presents an opportunity to work on more complex topics with the active involvement of all participants in an ad-hoc group (e.g. in the form of a barcamp or a world café). One or two short kick-off presentations (about 10 minutes each) introduce the topic at the start of the event. These can be a research paper, program project or position paper. A chaired work phase follows, in which all participants are actively involved. The respective chairs are responsible for their group’s internal organization. As a rule, this presentation format should last about three hours.

Registration for this format is the responsibility of the chair. An interactive forum should include at least three (and at most 20) further participants from at least one other location who commit themselves to taking part in a binding manner. Rooms with the necessary equipment (projector, PC, presentation kit, flipchart etc.) will be provided.


7. Research Talk

The aim of a research talk is to present concluded empirical work as well as new theoretical or methodological developments including the speaker’s own scientific position on the topic. Speaking time is 15 minutes including discussion. The Program Committee will cluster thematically related research talks into topical sessions of 4 to 6 talks. One or two participants in each session will be asked to chair the session.


8. Position Paper

The purpose of a position paper is the comprehensive presentation of a scientific position on a topic. Speaking time is 30 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for discussion.


9. Panel Discussion

A panel discussion addresses problems that are controversial in terms of content, methodology, scientific theory, or research organization (total duration 90 minutes). The discussion leader and the participants agree on the structure and procedure of the panel discussion. When submitting an abstract, panel discussion leaders should explain why the topic is controversial and will therefore be of interest to a large number of participants.


10. Pre-conference Workshop

A pre-conference workshop lasts several hours and familiarizes participants with the current state of knowledge in a specific area. Workshops focus on teaching and practicing methodological application-oriented knowledge and skills.


11. Demonstration

Scientific films, equipment, experimental setups, or software can be presented in 90-minute slots.


12. Keynote

Renowned international experts present their contributions to the field. Keynotes are on invitation only.


13. Flashlight

Junior members of the DGPs will organize, select, and chair the flashlights, which can be submitted by students, doctoral, and post-doctoral researchers as well as junior professors. The session consists of 12 5-minute flashlights followed by questions (2 minutes).


14. Spotify Playlist

After the conference dinner, you have the opportunity to animate the colleagues to dancing via playing of your Spotify playlist. The playlists should be 30-40 minutes long. If selected, to present your playlist, you need to participate in the conference dinner. This requires that you purchase a conference dinner ticket at an additional cost that is yet to be specified.


When logging into the Conftool submission system, please follow the instructions carefully to ensure that your contribution can be considered for the 52. DGPs congress/ 15. ÖGP conference. Please note that submissions have to be made through this link.


Registration opens in March 2020.

Conference Fees*

Participants Early registration, ends June 2020 Late registration, ends August 2020 On site registration, starts September 2020
Regular members of DGPs or ÖGP € 250 € 280 € 320
Junior members of DGPs or ÖGP € 120 € 150 € 190
Student members of DGPs € 80 € 90 € 100
Members of other psychological societies € 290 € 340 € 370
Junior members of other psychological societies € 130 € 170 € 210
Student members of other psychological societies € 80 € 90 € 100
Non-members € 340 € 400 € 440
Junior non-members € 160 € 200 € 220
Student non-members € 100 € 130 € 160

*The aforementioned fees include all possible fees, taxes and duties.

In case of cancellation

Following registration, if you want to cancel your participation in the congress and/ or the social event, the following charges apply:

  • Until 30.06.2020: € 40.00 (refund is your fees minus € 40.00)
  • Until 31.08.2020: € 40.00 + half of your fees (refund is half of your fees minus € 40.00)
  • From 01.09.2020: full fees apply (no refund possible)

If you cannot make it to the conference, you may nominate a representative participant instead of yours. The representative should present your first-author contribution. Therefore, representatives may not already be first authors of another poster, research talk, position paper, or symposium at the congress.

Technical Equipment at the Venue

All rooms are equipped with PCs or laptops for power-point presentations. To allow uploading of all presentations on the same presentation PC prior to your presentation session, please bring your power-point presentation on a USB stick at least 15 minutes prior to the start of your session. (Using your own laptop for your presentation is not adviced, as this takes switching time in-between presentations.)


Posters should be in portrait format and have a DIN A0 size: 84,1 (wide) x 118,9 cm (high). Pins for mounting the posters will be available at the venue.


During the congress, wireless internet access via education roaming (eduroam) is available. Members of associated universities and research institutions can access the Wi-Fi at the University of Vienna with their login data.

Information for Journalists

You can sign up for the conference for free if you want to cover parts of the conference for the press, radio, or TV. For accreditation and specific questions (e.g., a room for an interview, contact to a particular person), please contact us via klostermann@dgps.de.

(Note that if you are a journalist but, in addition, want to present your research at the conference, you need to register and pay as a regular participant, too.)