European Summer School
“The European Summer School is a unique
academic and personal experience…offering
psychology students from across Europe
the opportunity to broaden their cultural
and intellectual horizons through
collaboration on contemporary fields of
psychological research and practice”
News from ESS 2011 p4-8
Introduction to summer school – July 2011 p9
The ESS team p12
Other EFPSA activities p14-15
Welcome from Dalya Samur
We the European Summer School team, appreciate your interest in this, the 3rd edition of ESS-News!
First of all, I would like to mention that I‟m personally moved with the accomplishments of ESS within
the past 3 years. When it started at 2007 in Estonia, there was a dream on connecting countries with
research and creating a scientifically recognized summer school. Now, I can proudly say that we have
accomplished such goals and we are standing at a point where we can take that dream further…
In this newsletter you can find information on almost all aspects of the summer-school – past, present
and furure. You can read about what ESS is; what is involves; what has happened at previous summer
schools, including news about the successes from some of our previous ESS groups. You will also find
reports from our latest summer school that was held in Bulgaria in July. And perhaps most importantly,
you can read about next year‟s summer school – the venue, the topics, and meet our new ESS Team!
We are looking forward to having the 5th ESS in Hungary with the topic of „Health Psychology‟
between the 24th -31st of July 2011!
Thank-you for your contribution to achieving our goal at any point, and on helping us with spreading
the word of ESS and/or attending the summer school!
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News from ESS 2010
Dr. Kai Ruggeri
Originally from the United States, Dr. Kai Ruggeri received his PhD at the Queen’s University in Belfast,
Northern Ireland, studying statistics education in psychology. Since then, he has worked for the UNESCO Centre,
completed a post-doctorate at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, and studied international law at the
University of Oxford. He currently resides in Belgrade, Serbia, and works in social and economic research for an
American business as well several organisations in the Balkans. In 2011, he will be advising the ESS research
teams on how to effectively complete their projects. He remains a friend to many of us at EFPSA.
In the spring of 2009, I received the call for
research proposals for a summer school in For my own group, I was simply fortunate to
Romania run by EFPSA. I was quite interested get hard-working and competent students who
and decided to submit a topic of great interest were also enjoyable to be around. We needed
that fit neither my doctoral studies nor my very little time getting acquainted and spent
professional post. Because of that, I decided to essentially every minute planning and
submit an idea which would allow me to researching cultural issues in education. Every
conduct that project. At that time, I knew person agreed to manage one aspect of writing
nothing of EFPSA nor how attending would and collecting data and I was left in charge of
impact my life. introducing the subject, analysing, and
coordinating. When we left, we had established
“learn, discuss and interact” a concrete plan for a multinational project. In
the weeks immediately following our departure
from Arcalia, the strength of our group was
In my first ESS, a more incredible, enjoyable or
visibly evident through excellent writing and
satisfying experience would not have been
thorough data collections.
possible. All participants – organisers, students,
research supervisors, lecturers – impressed me
tremendously with how they immediately
engaged themselves in the programme. For the
entire week, it was a very motivating
combination of learn, discuss and interact.
Given the backgrounds and varied academic
levels of those involved, it was further amazing
how the entire group related so seamlessly
during the structured aspects as well as the
In the next nine months, our team went on to
collect data in ten countries in Europe and
South America and develop a draft project for “…unmistakably wonderful experience
review. Additionally, two new members were
for professional growth and especially
added to provide expertise on specific topics. In
the interim, the Inter-Agency Network for for the friendships …”
Education in Emergencies (a global
conglomerate for researchers and practitioners By leading a second team at the 2010 ESS in
from the United Nations, World Bank, multiple Bulgaria, I was honoured to remain involved.
NGO‟s, and several universities) published a That group has been a continuation of my
segment of our project in their handbook for wonderful impression of the people and
fieldwork in education development. In April opportunities affiliated with the programme;
2010, five group members reconvened at the ongoing work from this year has been equally
EFPSA congress in the Netherlands to review impressive and will no doubt produce
and update the draft. Thanks to relations meaningful results. My recommendation for
developed in EFPSA, I was directed to a anyone involved or interested in psychology as
postdoctoral supervisor in Portugal which a student, researcher, or profession is to
allowed me to complete the project alongside an strongly consider participating in the ESS. It
expert in the field and have it provisionally has been an unmistakably wonderful experience
accepted for publication in an international for the professional growth and especially for
journal. the friendships developed.
Looking back at ESS 2010
By Ozlem Eylem, ESS team member 2011
Being a participant in the last summer school Exchanging ideas, critically reflecting on
was my first official meeting with the EFPSA. lectures and actively participating in the group
While I was filling the evaluation forms for the activities were part of the ESS and they helped
ESS event in the last day, I named my ESS me to be aware of different perspectives. I also
experience as “perfect”. I would like to share my learned to tolerate different opinions and assert
own reflections and the reasons for giving such my own point of view appropriately.
an ambitious name to my ESS experience
through the following paragraphs. “Active participation … leadership …
Getting involved in such a research experience
and being part of such a diverse and multi-
Active participation also gave me confidence as
cultural group has contributed to my
I realised that I was able to put my theoretical
professional and personal development to a
background into practice in group tasks.
great extent. I had the valuable opportunity to
Furthermore, it came to my attention that I was
practice my time management skills to finish
able to take leadership position to present the
research tasks for keeping up with the deadlines.
ideas of the entire group in some occasions but
I furthered my presentation skills in front of an
in other occasions I was conforming the ideas of
audience. I managed this by facing my own fear
the majority in order to proceed with the tasks
of being criticised and making mistakes in front
or I was acting as a peacemaker to assist
of a group, whilst also practicing some anxiety
members who had conflicting opinions about
some tasks. This valuable experience helped me
to practice flexibility within the group.
In challenging times like this, approaching
people from ESS team and sharing my
experiences in our daily group meetings also
helped me. I also enjoyed the excitement of
being wrong about my judgments of people. In
one instance, I spoke to someone who appeared
to be very negative to me … but by the end of
our conversation, that person turned out to be
very much alike to me and we have been in
touch since then. Friendship is one of the
greatest things to have come from my time with
the ESS – not to mention since then.
participate in various kinds of amusements like
some interesting games and to share drinks
with friends or spend some peaceful time by
myself. Social events were also helped me to be
familiar with different ways of living. Having
said this, I am confident enough to conclude
that ESS is an enriching
Learning about other cultures and introducing
my culture were enjoyable learning experience experience on both professional and personal
for me in the cultural-evening. Although I levels and hence this motivates me to be part of
thought I was a very open-minded person, I the EFPSA family.
realised my own stereotypes about other
cultures and their practices. This was an With my final thoughts, I would like to take
important chance for me to improve my this opportunity to thank the welcoming local
stereotypes and welcome people from a diverse host team, lecturers, research supervisors and
range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Also I the remaining participants who contributed to
enjoyed facing my apprehensiveness while I was the final lively and enjoyable event in their own
presenting my own culture and answering personal ways last year. My special thanks go to
naturally curious questions about my own Dalya, William, Anna G., Anna H. and Natalie
background. I can say that this experience for putting so much effort in order to
improved my acceptance of myself as the way I accomplish one of the best ESS events in the
am and others just the way they are. end. I will not forget Dalya‟s assurance,
William‟s understanding, Natalie‟s enthusiasm,
“relaxing atmosphere, chilled-out music Anna G‟s energy and Anna H‟s sense of
humour. Lastly, I am glad to work for our
… and sharing drinks with friends”
common mission: the legendary ESS 2011!
Needless to say, ESS is not only about
participating in lectures, seminars and group
tasks. It is also about having incredible fun at
the social events! After having a rather long
day, I enjoyed the evenings with a relaxing
atmosphere, chilled-out music and lots of
activities. During the evenings, I was free to
Some brief news from Research teams
"Evolution of beauty difference between
attractiveness estimation of person on photos and in reality"
Michał Andrzej Golombek – PhD supervisor, ESS 2010
His group has already completed their first study in Lithuania, and are currently collecting results from
Cyprus. The next in country that they will be considering in their study is Poland, for that preparations
Beauty, attractiveness, what do we know
about it? And what does the psychology and science know
about it? We assign more desirable features to attractive
people. Attractive people are seen as more sociable,
dominant, and intelligent. receiving better grades at
school, whilst being less likely to be convicted for a crime.
In this study the major question considered is whether
there exists a difference between judgments of a person‟s
attractiveness in photos compared to in reality.
Marko Bokulic; Asta Medisauskaite; Annika Kettunen; Anne Christensen; George Zacharaopoulos; Nina
"Conflict resolution styles and attributes towards dispute resolution
Ajda Erjavec – PhD supervisor, ESS 2010
For the main research which was planned out in Bulgaria, at the summer school the team are applying
for Youth in Action funds; with the whole research going to take place from April onward. Regarding
data collection they have been ongoing since October, when the first national workshops were
conducted. They are also extending their research on students of different studies, research they hope to
have completed by the end of February or March
Martin Zlatev-Phd Supervisor, ESS 2010.
Our research group is interested in how different appraisals of risk (for the self and for others) for
driving under the influence of alcohol affect policies against drinking and driving. We constructed a
questionnaire on the basis of previous research about risk perceptions and approval of policies and we
piloted it in a group of psychology students during the Summer School. After this, the scales were
revised and translated into the languages of the different countries where the survey is going to be
launched: Serbia, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Switzerland (German-speaking). In addition,
we are expecting a response, whether researchers from Slovenia are willing to collaborate. So far, data
collection has been conducted only in Serbia and we expect the preliminary results soon. Any
presentation at a conference and subsequent publication of the results depend on the findings.
Stanislava Stoyanova-Phd Supervisor, ESS 2010.
The research group: Attitudes toward and Social Representations of Young People is keeping up with
the research schedule in Bulgaria and in Cyprus. The questionnaire was constructed during the summer
school. It was then translated into the languages of the participating countries (Bulgaria, Cyprus,
Denmark, Estonia) in August. After that, two daily newspapers were selected and coded in September.
The data collection will be completed by the end of January 2011 in Bulgaria and in Cyprus. The final
paper will be completed and submitted for a publication in a conference in Romania in April 2011.
Introduction to ESS 2011
Hi, I am Noemi, a Junior Coordinator of the European
Summer School Team and head of the Hosting Team of Hungary. Let me tell you a couple of ideas
about our next Summer School, which is going to be legendary! :)
The next summer school is going to take place in Hungary and our theme is Health Psychology. We
would like to learn more about and research the various phenomena that affect our psyche and mental
processes in our everyday life, and the ways we can keep them healthy. Some possible fields of research
will be coping, self-harm and Sports Psychology. (For more information, see below)
Our organising team has seven members. The Senior Coordinator is Dalya (Turkey), the Junior
Coordinators are myself (Hungary) and William (UK), the ESS Team Members are Ozlem (Cyprus),
Hajni (Hungary), Zsófi (Hungary) and Lorenz (Switzerland).
I hope you are as excited about the next European
Summer School as we are. We cannot wait to meet you
In 2011, the European Summer School is going to take place in the Balaton Highland region of
Hungary. The region is well-known for her natural treasures such as the hills by Lake Balaton,
ensuring a wonderful view to the surroundings and serving as a great network of trekking routes ideal
for afternoon strolls in the forests and in the nearby National Park as well.
The accommodation itself is in a lovely, peaceful forest area, built and settled in harmony with nature -
as its purpose, is to enable people to get as close to its flora and fauna as possible.
The open-air school can hold up to 60 people in three buildings, in rooms of 2 - 6 people. It has a large
conference room, suitable for lectures in which we will work. Besides this, there are smaller seminar
rooms, ideal for small group work or discussions. The open-air school is equipped with various outdoor
facilities for open-air seminars, sports and relaxation.
Some important information
Next year‟s summer school will be held between 24th and 31th July, 2011, in the highlands near
Lake Balaton in Hungary.
The summer school involves lectures and workshops delivered by academics and professional
practitioners, as well as a research-oriented component in which students work in small
groups alongside a PhD student on projects of their choosing.
If you are a PhD student (or you know one who might me interested) then get in touch with us; as we
will be on the look out for potential PhD students who would like to attend ESS 2011 as research
As for students, we expect to begin the application process sometime in Spring next year
– in the mean time you can stay in touch with us through our website and associated email address.
Please email us with any questions or comments:
ESS team 2010-2011
My name is William Steel, and I am a Junior Coordinator within EFPSA‟s
ESS team for 2010-2011. This is my second year on the ESS team – I was a
member of last year‟s team, attending and helping to run the Bulgaria
summer school in July of summer just gone by. That experience has made me
very excited about planning for our next summer school. Hungary sounds
great – and health psychology is an interesting area to consider.
My first summer school, to Romania in 2009, got me involved in EFPSA, and since then I have met
some great people, and been to some incredible places – I hope to continue this tradition with the next
Currently, I am studying at the University of Amsterdam, where I am enrolled in the Brain and
Cognitive Sciences MSc program, studying Cognitive Neuroscience.
My name is Lorenz Jaeger, I'm a team member of this year's ESS.
After attending ESS last year as a participant, I'm very much enjoying
working with my research group and I can't wait for this year‟s ESS!
I'm a second-year student of psychology, studying at the University of
Zurich. As I'm very interested in research, I'm one of the few psychology
students who actually enjoys methodology, which is why I'm pursuing a
minor in math and statistics.
My name is Ozlem Eylem. I am one of the team members in this year‟s ESS
team. I am very excited about being involved in organising this years' summer
school. I have completed my MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the
University of London, Kings' College in the UK in the beginning of this year and
I am now a PhD candidate in
Zsófia Németh: I am a quite new member in ESS group. This is my first
year that I am helping organise the annual summer school and it is a great
honor to host it in my country.
I am a seconder in BA education system, studying psychology in Eötvös
Loránd Science University and communication and media in parallel
education in Gaspar Karoli Reformatic University.
I try to grab every opportunity possible in order to get familiar with
different cultures and people :)
My name is Noemi Laszlo, from Hungary. I am a Junior
Coordinator in the European Summer School 2011 team. I met the idea
of ESS during the Congress in The Netherlands, in 2010 and applied to
organise this event in Hungary in 2011 straight away. I was happy to
learn we earned this opportunity and this is how I became part of the
I started my Master‟s degree this year at Eötvös Loránd University in
Budapest, Hungary. I study Counselling and Educational Psychology.
I am Hajni Szalai and I am a newcomer in the ESS team. I am Hungarian
and I heard about EFPSA and the Summer School from my friends and applied
to help organize this event. I am a Team Member and I will mostly work on
I am about to finish my Psychology MA studies in Social Psychology at the
University of Pécs. I have joined a research team recently and will apply for
PhD positions in the near future.
Other EFPSA activities…
EFPSA Congress 2011 – Poland
Registration for the 25th EFPSA Congress „Follow Your Dreams. Make Life
Happen‟ is OPEN. Between 1st December 2010 and 20th January 2011 you
have the chance to apply for this event.
Journal of European Psychology students
“During my first job interview for a PhD position I was asked about the paper, and my
experiences on getting it published. I am not sure whether the paper was a big influence in the
selection process, but I was amazed to be chosen out of 45 other applicants for the position.”
First author of The Relationship between Response Time and the Strength of Top-Down Attentional Control: An ERP
Study, published in JEPS 2009, Vol 1, No 1.
The Journal of European Psychology Students elected by EFPSA and selected professionals
(JEPS) is an online open-access peer-reviewed serving as associate editors.
journal issued by the European Federation of
Psychology Students‟ Associations (EFPSA).
JEPS provides a unique opportunity for
European psychology students to publish their JEPS has launched a blog!
work in an international peer-reviewed journal
and thereby to gain experience in publishing as
well as scientific writing. JEPS Bulletin
In addition, JEPS serves as an academic
platform for the exchange of bright and The first stop for scientific
challenging ideas, based on both, research
results as well as literature reviews. JEPS has publishing in psychology
an important role in giving students a voice that
will be heard across Europe.
The high quality of the journal is assured by the
scientific committee, which consists of reputable
scholars from different parts of the world, as
well as the editorial board, consisting of an
international team of psychology students
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That‟s all for now.
Please email us with any questions or comments:
On behalf of the ESS team,
NB: ESS Newsletter December 2010 compiled
and edited by William Steel - Amsterdam