This week Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) welcomed the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) and British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Health Psychology Conference to the City.
The event, hosted by the University of Aberdeen, welcomed 800 global visitors to the city throughout the four-day event.
The conference was notable in that it celebrated a joint 30th anniversary of EHPS and BPS; with EHPS, who promote empirical and theoretical research in and applications of health psychology across Europe, celebrating their 30th annual meeting and the Division of Health Psychology of the BPS, who aim to promote UK health psychology, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the division.
The theme of the event focused on ‘Behaviour Change: Making an Impact on Health and Health Services’, thus marking the achievements of health psychology over the past 30 years and what can be achieved in the future by fully translating health psychology research into practice.
The event kicked off with an opening ceremony at University of Aberdeen’s historic King’s College Campus, before the four-day conference at AECC, which included a dinner at Aberdeen’s wonderfully picturesque Beach Ballroom, complemented by optional post conference activities; including a city tour and a visit to the Glen Garioch Distillery in the historic town of Oldmeldrum, delegates and visitors were provided with a warm Scottish welcome and a unique taste of Aberdeen.
The Health Psychology Group at the University of Aberdeen, who organised the conference, were delighted to be able to bring this group to the city. The conference also comprised a range of theme focused workshops, keynote speakers and oral presentations as well as featuring a round-table discussion between policy makers, practitioners and health psychologists.
Nikki Pearce from Aberdeen University’s Continuing Professional Development Services, who provided conference support said: “We have really enjoyed working with both host societies and the Health Psychology Group at the University; it is a real pleasure to see the conference in action and meet all the delegates in person.”
Steven Daun, Sales Manager at AECC commented: “The four-day conference created a real buzz in the venue and was a great event for the city. It clearly showcased our strong partnership with the University of Aberdeen, and the fundamental teamwork which is demonstrated by Aberdeen when bringing international events to the region.”