International Conference on Environmental Psychology (ICEP) 2019

On behalf of the organising committee we are delighted to invite you to participate in the International Conference on Environmental Psychology: 'Protecting People and Planet Through Social and Behavioural Science' to be held in Plymouth (the UK’s ‘Ocean City’) September 4th to 6th, 2019. This international conference is being organised under the auspices of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) to promote the science and practice of applied psychology and to facilitate scientific exchange and communication on themes relevant to the increasingly policy-recognised field of environmental psychology.

Several inspirational keynote talks (see conference programme) will represent not just environmental psychology but also related disciplines and environmental policymaking with the deliberate intention of discussing how the environmental psychology community can best translate its rigorous science into meaningful change. As Environmental and Applied Psychologists at this conference we hope to make a contribution to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For many of these SDGs, understanding the human dimension (e.g. research on perceptions, motivations, behaviours, people-environment interactions etc.) is absolutely crucial.

We are now seeking submissions for symposia, individual talks and posters to complete the scientific programme. Submissions are welcome from any area of environmental psychology. We are especially keen to receive symposia proposals that: a) contain researchers from different research groups internationally; b) span the boundaries of environmental psychology and other applied disciplines (e.g. policy making and urban/landscape design); and c) are coordinated and/or highlight exciting new work by early career researchers (including PhD students). Given the conference’s location, and one of the key interests of the coordinating committee, talks on environmental psychology with respect to the marine environment are also particularly welcome.

We very much look forward to your participation in ICEP 2019 in Plymouth (UK) and to welcoming you to the beautiful county of Devon in the South West of England. It’s definitely the best time of year to visit; the light is clear, the waters are still warm (by UK standards), and the beer, despite rumours to the contrary, is definitely cold.

Professor Sabine Pahl (1) and Dr Mat White (2) and the organising committee 

(1) School of Psychology, University of Plymouth (UK)
(2) European Centre for Environment & Human Health, University of Exeter (UK)

Key dates

Conference dates: Wednesday 4 September - Friday 6 September 2019 

Abstract submission deadline:
Friday 29 March 2019 

Notification of acceptance:
Sunday 19 May 2019 

Early bird registration:
available until Sunday 23 June 2019

About Plymouth 

Plymouth is located on the border between Devon and Cornwall on the south-west coast of England. The region is an area of outstanding natural beauty and amongst the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Plymouth is a vibrant, compact city by the sea.

The University and its facilities enjoy a central city location and thus is within walking distance of hotels and the famous Barbican and Hoe, boasting numerous fine restaurants and pubs, in a rich historical setting.

Conference venue

The University of Plymouth is located at the heart of the city, with excellent rail and road links. The campus boasts an extensive range of modern conference facilities including state of the art lecture theatres, exhibition venues and meeting and breakout rooms. The University of Plymouth are delighted to be hosting this year’s Annual Conference in our state of the art, flagship Roland Levinsky Building. With forward-looking teaching spaces it’s a striking focal point for the University and city alike, comprising lecture theatres, a gallery, a cinema and restaurant to giving a bright and modern event venue. All conference facilities within the Roland Levinsky Building are fully accessible.


The International Conference of Environmental Psychology (ICEP) is run under the auspices of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) Division 4: Environmental Psychology. Division 4 examines the interactions between people and their physical settings and the effects that one has on the other. Emphasis is upon enhancing this relationship by improving society’s investment in the built environment (buildings, streets, parks, the atmosphere), and reducing its negative aspects, especially in areas such a poverty, crime, terrorism and climate change, for example ( The current president is Professor Terry Hartig from Uppsala University, Sweden.

Steering committee 

  • Professor Terry Hartig, Uppsala University, Sweden 
  • Professor Ricardo Garcia Mira, University of A Coruna, Spain 
  • Professor Wesley Schultz, California State University, USA 
  • Professor Linda Steg, University of Groningen, The Netherlands 
  • Dr Adina Dimitru, University of A Coruna, Spain 
  • Dr Mathew White, University of Exeter, UK 
  • Professor Sabine Pahl, University of Plymouth, UK

The Local Organising Committee 

Sabine Pahl and Mat White 

University of Plymouth: Sally Bishop-Hawes, Shannon Heaney, Annabelle Lobb, Gavin Miller, Isabel Richter, Sohvi Nuojua, Francesca Tirotto, Julie Goodhew 

ECEHH University of Exeter: Sophie Davison, Lewis Elliott, Alexander Smalley, Anastasia Voronkova. 

Plymouth Marine Laboratory: Elizabeth Gabe-Thomas

University of Exeter, UK: Lewis Elliott, Nicola Yeo, Sophie Davison, Alexander Smalley, Anastasia Voronkova, Mathew White.

Scientific committee

  • Kayleigh Wyles, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
  • Christine Boomsma, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Pablo Olivos, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
  • Karin Tanja-Dijkstra, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Marino Bonaiuto, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Cecilia Bergstad, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Sarah Payne, Herriott-Watt University, United Kingdom
  • Wouter Poortinga, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • Giuseppe Carrus, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Tony Craig, The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom
  • Sabine Pahl, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • Mathew White, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Isabel Richter, University of Plymouth
  • Lewis Elliott, University of Exeter

* Please be aware that there is another 2019 conference called the International Conference on Environmental Psychology (ICEP), and scheduled for dates in May in Amsterdam. That conference is organised by WASET, an organisation is known for hosting 'predatory conferences' (search in google on 'WASET scam'). We do not recommend it to anyone. The ICEP organised by WASET is not in any way connected to or endorsed by the IAAP, nor is it organised by a known Environmental Psychology Group or reputable International/European Association we have heard about.