Welcome Address by the Congress Presidents

Welcome to Frankfurt!


Prof. Dr. Johannes Hartig & Prof. Dr. Holger Horz

For the first time two organizers are pleased to invite you to Frankfurt on behalf of Goethe University Frankfurt and the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) to the 51st Congress of the German Psychological Society (DGPs). Under the theme “Psychologie gestaltet” (“Psychology shapes”, referring to the history of Gestalt psychology in Frankfurt), we want to put this year’s focus on the important role of scientific psychology in tackling individual and societal challenges.

We look forward to receiving a large number of contributions from all areas of psychological research. The congress in Frankfurt will continue the Hot Topic Sessions already introduced in Leipzig. In cooperation with the expert groups of the DGPs, we have selected a variety of current topics from all fields of psychology. We have succeeded in attracting internationally renowned keynote speakers and are in the process of organizing symposia with eminent experts. You as participants are cordially invited to submit proposals for symposia on these highly relevant topics. As in 2016, all Hot Topic Sessions will be held exclusively in English. In addition, we intend to launch new and innovative event formats in Frankfurt. Digital poster sessions, which allow speakers an additional presentation option, will be held alongside the classic (analogue) poster presentations. We also invite you to register interactive forums, in which practical problems or currently planned extensive research projects can be discussed.

Founded in 1914, the Goethe University Frankfurt produced several Leibniz and Nobel Prize winners and can look back on a long tradition of psychological research. Max Wertheimer, for example, founded Gestalt psychology in Frankfurt, which we allude to in the theme of our congress. At the same time, the University’s Westend Campus is one of Germany's most beautiful and modern university campuses in Germany and, with its special ambiance and ideal location, offers a first-class venue.

The German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) was founded in 1951 with the aim of incorporating international impulses into German educational research after the country’s experience of National Socialism. The DIPF was a founding member of the Leibniz Association and today supports science, politics and practice in the field of education with a unique combination of research, transfer and infrastructures.

Psychology at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the DIPF is linked by a large number of joint projects and several professorships.

Frankfurt am Main is an easily accessible national and international transport hub, which has certainly contributed to making it a diverse and colorful cityscape. People from 180 nations live in a city which counts, from an economic perspective, as a metropolis; yet, people also meet after work in the taverns for a drink of Frankfurt’s traditional cider in the often village-like districts. The city on the river Main is additionally home to a wide spectrum of cultural institutions that often originate from foundations and private initiatives as a result of a long civic tradition.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 51st DGPs Congress in our city!

Holger Horz and Johannes Hartig