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Applying psychology in the Eastern Region-From theory to practice

08 September 2017 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
This event is free and is open to both BPS members and to the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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The BPS East of England Annual Conference 2017 is a one-day conference on Friday 8 September 2017 at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge for up to 200 delegates, celebrating  psychology in the East of England.

The event is free to our community working with psychological ideas and practice -students,  psychologists, allied practitioners across multiple psychological disciplines and interests.

We would like the day to be varied and inclusive, show-casing East Anglian psychological practice from all contexts in an event that promotes networking in our community and recruits interest in our ongoing community engagement. Only oral submissions will be accepted for a 20 minutes presentation slot.

We welcome novel theories, ideas, intervention based practice in relevant areas of psychology.

If you would like to propose a workshop instead, please email your idea to:

: quoting 'BPS EOE workshop ideas' in the subject line

Please see the programme tab for further information. 

Anglia Ruskin University,
Cambridge Campus,
East Road,

There is no onsite parking at the Cambridge campus, but there is a local paid car park nearby (the Queen Anne Car Park)

Here is a map you can use to walk from the car park to ARU: Access Map HERE

Event Location: 


To submit please go to:

Submission deadline is midnight on Sunday 30 July 2017

PLEASE NOTE that submitting a proposal does not book you a place to attend the conference.  Please also register your attendance below.

Structure for all submissions

The abstract should be 200 - 250 words (maximum 300 words) in length exclusive of title. It should not include references and should be written in either the past or present tense. Abstracts of accepted papers may appear in The Proceedings of the British Psychological Society which are published online.

Abstracts should be structured according to formats, incorporating the indicated headings and information:

  • How your presentation links to East of England area
  • Make reference to relevant theories and/or practice in relevant areas of psychology 
  • Objectives: State the primary objective of the paper and the major hypothesis tested or research question posed.
  • Design: Describe the design of the study and the rationale for the procedures adopted (if appropriate.
  • Methods: Describe how participants were selected and number of participants (if documentary data used, state how these were selected), materials employed (if appropriate), methods of data collection and analysis.
  • Results: Include numerical and/or textual data.  This should be kept to a minimum. For qualitative analyses briefly describe your findings (eg, themes, categories, discourses identified).
  • Conclusions: State the conclusions that can be drawn from the study, including theoretical, methodological, or applied/policy implications as appropriate and any key limitations of the study.

Additional requirements for all submissions:

Submissions must also include explicit confirmation that the convenor and authors/co-authors understand and adhere to the Society’s Code of Ethics and Conduct.

You do not need to be a member of the Society to submit a proposal.

Presentations guidelines

Oral presentations will be for 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes for questioning and the atmosphere is always very positive and supportive. (Five minutes is allowed between presentations to enable students to move between rooms.)

Submitting as a group

If you are submitting as group to present, please complete the online submissions form online only once and put all the names of the presenters on the form. All individuals must also register individually to attend the conference.

Further submission information

Authors of all material submitted must confirm adherence to the British Psychological Society’s Code of Ethics and Conduct. For further information please click here.

Modern Families: Parents and children in new family forms

Professor Susan Golombok, Director, Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge.

The lecture will summarise research on parenting and child development in new family forms including lesbian mother families, gay father families, families headed by single mothers by choice and families created by assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, and surrogacy. The research will be examined in the context of the issues and concerns that have been raised regarding these families.

The findings not only contest popular myths and assumptions about the social and psychological consequences for children of being raised in new family forms but also challenge well-established theories of child development that are founded upon the supremacy of the traditional family. It will be argued that the quality of family relationships and the wider social environment are more influential in children’s psychological development than are the number, gender, sexual orientation or biological relatedness of their parents or the method of their conception. The lecture will be based on Susan Golombok’s recent book with the same title.

Susan Golombok is Professor of Family Research and Director of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge, and a Professorial Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge. Her research has not only contributed to theoretical understanding of family influences on child development but also has addressed social and ethical issues that are of relevance to family life.

She has pioneered research on lesbian mother families, gay father families, single mothers by choice and families created by assisted reproductive technologies including in vitro fertilisation (IVF), donor insemination, egg donation and surrogacy. Her research has challenged commonly held assumptions about these families as well as widely held theories of child development. In addition to academic papers she is the author of Parenting: What really counts? and co-author of Bottling it Up, Gender Development, Modern Psychometrics and Growing up in a Lesbian Family. Her latest book Modern Families: Parents and Children in New Family Forms was published in 2015 by Cambridge University Press.

In 2016, Modern Families won the BPS Book Prize for an Academic Monograph and an Honourable Mention in the US PROSE Awards.

Successfully Promoting and Selling Psychological Ideas to Healthcare Providers, Educational Establishments, Businesses and Members of the Public.

John Bell

Professional conference speaker John Bell has travelled the world for over 20 years providing memorable keynote presentations in which he  explains and demonstrates to audiences how the mind influences people behaviour.

His unique style of delivery and expertise in describing human behaviour means he is in constant demand by agents providing event organisers  with professional keynote speakers. Using delegate evaluation scores collated by a large, independent conference organiser he has been voted ‘UK Conference Speaker of the Year’ on no less than four occasions.
In his keynote on 8 September he will share with delegates how, as a former stage hypnotist and stand up comedian, he discovered and then put into practice the ‘secrets’ of promoting and selling psychology to others.
A Master of Education graduate, John is very popular as a speaker at ‘education’ related events. Having previously worked as a teacher of teachers event organisers can be reassured that experienced delegates  attending their events will be truly educated and entertained by a professional educator performing at the peak of his career.
Although not clinically trained John is also a favourite at medical and pharmaceutical conferences. His performance at such events often results in follow up work.  After presenting at large events around Europe on “Why Patients Fail to Take Their Medication’, Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline engaged John as an independent consultant to participate in what became ground breaking research into patient behaviour. 
Through John, other companies have come to appreciate how psychology can play an important part in the success of their business. By way of example, SAP the international software corporation, have used John on numerous occasions to speak to staff on exceeding client expectation.
This keynote is designed to describe and demonstrate how to take psychology from theory into practice by exceeding client expectation.

Conference programme

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Registration Information

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