About ICPS

Learn more about the mission and history of ICPS.

ICPS Mission:  To advance integrative psychological science as a global enterprise. 

ICPS Keynote Speaker up on Stage

The International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) is the culmination of efforts by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and an international network of organizations and individual scientists to stimulate scientific advances that are integrative; that is, in which investigators attack scientific problems by drawing broadly on research conducted at multiple levels of analysis and in multiple branches of psychological science, the cognitive sciences, the neurosciences, and related disciplines, including biology, economics, anthropology, and many others. ICPS has been designed to surmount artificial disciplinary boundaries that can impede scientific progress and to highlight areas of investigation in which those boundaries have already been overcome.

Seizing the opportunities and meeting the challenges posed by integrative psychological science requires a global effort and the involvement of the full range of disciplines from the broadest cultural aspects of social science to the most molecular aspects of genetics. Pan-European groups have collaborated with APS to bring about more integrative science and to connect researchers in our field, resulting in, among other things, the International Convention of Psychological Science.

Future ICPS

ICPS 20239-11 March, 2023Brussels, Belgium

History of ICPS

ICPS 2021Postponed to 2023Brussels, Belgium
ICPS 20197-9 March, 2019Paris, France
ICPS 201723-25 March, 2017Vienna, Austria
ICPS 201512-14 March, 2015Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Walter Mischel Speaking at ICPS

The inaugural ICPS took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 12-14 March 2015, and attracted 2200 attendees from more than 75 countries, far exceeding the initial expectations. The ICPS included Integrative Science Symposia, methodological workshops, and Keynote Addresses by Stanislas Dehaene, Terrie E. Moffitt, and George Lakoff, as well as submitted symposia and posters. The meeting was a success in all possible ways: the unique focus on integrative science; the quality of the invited program; the linking of integrative symposia and methodological workshops; and the larger-than-anticipated attendance.

ICPS promotional merchandise for Vienna

The second ICPS took place in Vienna, Austria, 23-25 March 2017, and continued the success of the first in quality of the program and size of attendance, bringing together nearly 2100 attendees from 70 countries. The program featured eight Integrative Science Symposia, 13 methodological workshops, and Keynote Addresses by Thomas Bourgeron, W. Tecumseh Fitch, and Linda B. Smith.

Following on the successes of the first two conventions, the third ICPS took place in Paris, France, 7-9 March 2019, attracting 2700 attendees from 69 countries. The program included eight Integrative Science Symposia, methodological workshops, and Keynote Addresses by BJ Casey, Atsushi Iriki, and Frans B.M. de Waal.

ICPS 2021 will take place in Brussels, Belgium, 25-27 March 2021.


ICPS 2021: 25-27 March 2021, Brussels, Belgium

ICPS Poster Presenter

Connect with your colleagues and future collaborators from psychological science, neuroscience, genetics, sociology, economics, anthropology, linguistics, and related fields at ICPS 2021. At the Convention, you’ll hear presentations of cutting-edge integrative research by world-renowned scientists and gain a global scientific perspective that spans academic disciplines and geographic borders, while learning new skills and broadening your scientific horizons.


Goals for ICPS

  • Disseminate knowledge of cutting-edge advancesin psychological science and related fields, with a particular focus on integrative efforts, that is, scientific efforts in which diverse research methods and conceptual tools are brought to bear on a given scientific problem in the field.
  • Attract a broad international audienceof investigators at all academic ranks.
  • Expand attendees’ capacity to contribute to the advancement of sciencethrough active engagement with findings and methods from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
  • Create forums in which junior and senior investigators can interact significantly on scientific questions of shared interest.
  • Promote international cooperation through a convention that is easily accessible to participants from multiple nations. To this end, the convention will display not only the international diversity of the field’s scientific advances, but the diversity of psychological scientists responsible for those advances.
  • Ensure participation by investigators in fields closely allied to psychological science(e.g., anthropology, genetics, neuroscience, linguistics, economics, medicine, etc.).


Integrative Psychological Science Resources

Becoming a Cumulative Science
By APS Past President Walter Mischel

Psychology is Hub Science
The Rise in Collaborative Psychological Science
Better Interdisciplinary Research Through Psychological Science
By APS Past President John T. Cacioppo