What is the German Psychological Society (DGPs)?

The German Psychological Society (DGPs, the Society) is an incorporated association of qualified psychologists engaged in research and teaching. Its goal is to advance and expand scientific psychology.

It is an exclusively non-profit-making association focusing on the following tasks:

  • Organizing psychology congresses, held generally every 2 years.
  • Promoting intradisciplinary communication within the entire field of psychology.
  • Encouraging psychological and interdisciplinary research programs.
  • Promoting publications within the field.
  • Protecting and enhancing the status of psychology at universities, at research institutes and other scientific establishments, in education and other occupational fields, as well as in the public sphere.
  • Supporting future generations of scientific psychologists. This includes both promoting scientific qualifications for postgraduates and encouraging international scientific exchange.
  • Participating in the regulation of training and testing procedures within psychology.
  • Cooperating in the further education of graduate psychologists, particularly regarding the scientific aspects of such programs.
  • Appointing experts as well as consultants for research funding and other institutions.
  • Preparing statements on scientific issues in psychology.
  • Collaborating with psychological organizations, neighbouring disciplines, and other scientific societies. The DGPs uses such cooperation to defend the scientific interests of psychology.
  • Participating in international scientific associations and organizations.
  • Informing the general public about the state of the art and trends in psychology.

The Society is based in Berlin. It currently has more than 3,700 members. Membership can be either full or associate. Names of potential members have to be put forward by at least two full members, and candidates have to demonstrate scientific qualifications in psychology or a neighbouring field. Scientific qualification for becoming a full standing member is taken as given by a doctorate from a university or other higher education institute, and, in addition to the written dissertation itself, publication of at least two scientific papers.

The DGPs together with the BDP form the Federation of German Psychological Societies.


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