Welcome to the site of the European Association for Developmental Psychology – EADP

 Dear EADP members, dear colleagues, dear friends,

 I am very honoured and pleased to become the president of our association for the upcoming two years. I wish to thank the Council and the members of the EADP for entrusting me with the responsibility to serve as new president. In comparison with other international associations, EADP is a small community, yet we have much to be proud of.  We are working hard to reach out different parts of  Europe and to become more and more international,  celebrating our diversity and complexity by involving our members in every aspect of our community's  activities. Much work is left to do, to build effective bridges and strive for balance within our association.

As Florence, my city, is the heart of Renaissance, I will make my mission as president to bring a contribution towards innovation and creativity and to a relaunch of our association. I am thankful for the attainments of our past president Kataarina Salmela Aro and I welcome Marcel Van Aken as president elect. Besides, our efforts would be meaningless without the inexhaustible work of our Secretary Charo Rueda and of other very active members, such as Dagmar Strohmeier, Frosso Motti and Barbara Reichle. I really wish to thank the old and new members of the council, who constitute the backbone of the organization. A special thank goes to the Early Research Union. We are fortunate to have this group of young researchers with us, who make our association more dynamic and energetic. Most of our community's work will be devoted to them as emergent young representatives of the association.

Together with the Council members we aim to contribute to the advancement of research, policy and practice in different areas of developmental psychology in Europe and worldwide through our various activities, foremost the bi-annual conference which will take place in Athens, late August 2019. Other aspects we would like to  promote, together with the Council members, are :
1) Organizing initiatives and events in the area of science and policy;
2) Organizing training  schools for young scholars and researchers;
3) Supporting  ERU in their action of networking across Europe;
4) Enhancing the impact of our journal - the  European Journal of Develpmental Psychology; 
5) Organizing thematic sessions in collaboration with national and international organizations of developmental psychology; 
6) Maintaining and improving connections and collaborations with the other societies such as the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), EARA, SRCD ,  SRA, EFPA…  and welcoming possible future joint initiatives.

Please, use the opportunities offered by our website and contact me and the other council members directly to share new ideas and projects. We need a strong joint effort to promote children's and adolescents' development.

I look forward to working with all of you.
Prof. Ersilia Menesini
EADP President


The 18th biennial European Conference on Developmental Psychology


The 18th edition of the European Association of Developmental Psychology (EADP) biennial conference (ECDP2017) took place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from August 29 to September 1, 2017.





Thank you Utrecht for organizing an amazing conference!




Utrecht at the evening of the social event (Photo: Stephen Russel)

The former and future presidents of the association at the 18th edition of the European Conference of Developmental Psychology in Utrecht (Photo: Dagmar Strohmeier)


ECDP2017: Please join us in Utrecht!

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Newsletter 2017


With lots of information on the Association scientific activities, the first number of the EADP Newsletter is available. Read about our initiatives and a humorous and vivifying tribute about the history of EADP.


The newsletter will certainly give you all a relaxing reading at this summer season.


Click here for our newsletter



The International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD) in collaboration with the European Association of Developmental Psychology (EADP) organized a workshop for young scholars on the topic of Positive Youth Development in Times of Social Change. The event took place between the 2nd and the 6th of July on the island of Syros in Greece.


More information and the program can be found here