2021 Conference

Tēnei te reo tawhiri kia huihui mai tātou ki Te Whanganui-a-Tara, ki te hui o ISCHP 2021.
Nau mai, kake mai, piki mai.
Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai rā!

This is an invitation to gather in Wellington for the ISCHP conference in 2021.

Tēnā koutou e ngā mema o ISCHP / Hello to all members of ISCHP,

Ngā mihi mahana e ngā hau e whā. Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Whare o Pipitea o Pōneke rānei Te Whanganui-a-Tara i te marama o Hereturikōkā i te tau 2021 o te hui o ISCHP. Ngā mihi aroha nā te mana whenua o tēnei rohe o Aotearoa, me te Roopu Awhina o ISCHP. Āku hiahia, ka tutaki mātou ki te kanohi kitea ki te hapaingia me te whiriwhiri kōrero i ngā rangahau. Nā te mea ki te kaupapa whakapiri o te hapori. Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.*

Warm greetings to you all from the four corners of the world. The home people of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the Local Organising Committee of ISCHP extend a warm invitation to Pipitea campus located in Wellington in the month of August 2021 for the ISCHP conference. Our aim is to meet with you all to talk about research and promote a sense of community for productive purposes. Therefore, an extended greeting to all people.

We are delighted to announce that ISCHP 2021 will be held in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand! Known locally as both Pōneke and Te Whanganui-a-Tara, we invite you to join us for another outstanding ISCHP conference in a city that has been dubbed ‘the coolest little capital in the world’.

The planned date window of late August 2021 has been chosen to best align with university holidays in both the southern and northern hemispheres. It also aligns with ski season here in Aotearoa New Zealand! For those travelling from the four corners of the world, we encourage you to consider bringing your family and combining ISCHP with the holiday of a lifetime.

We will announce the specific dates as soon as the local trimester dates have been confirmed for the host university, Te Herenga Waka / Victoria University of Wellington, who is providing the venue at no cost. We will be working hard to keep the cost of registering for the conference as low as possible and to make the conference as accessible as possible.

The road to Paradise, a rural locality near Queenstown on the South Island, where many scenes from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were shot.

The conference will involve ISCHP’s distinctive combination of social events such as group dinners and a range of presentation formats such as Pecha Kucha talks and 5-Minute Challenges as well as regular length talks and poster presentations. We will also be looking to hold a range of creative events, networking events, and workshops aimed at students and early career researchers in particular.

The themes of the conference will be:

  • Foregrounding indigeneity: de-colonising perspectives and practices in health research
  • Community engagement and partnership in health psychology research
  • Biculturalism, multiculturalism, migration & health
  • Developing critical health psychology perspectives

We will welcome presentations on any health-related topic with a critical angle. We encourage you to get together with your students and other colleagues to form a symposium of talks on a theme of your choosing or one of the above themes.

We opened this information with greetings in Te Reo Māori, is one of the three official languages of Aotearoa (in addition to New Zealand Sign Language and English), in the spirit of challenging the colonial nature of mainstream psychology and the associated silencing of diversity. We will be working to develop a conference that is genuine in our engagement with tikanga and mātauranga Māori (local customs and knowledge) and to demonstrate some of the world-leading ways that Māori and non-Māori are working together and seeking health equity in Aotearoa.

Please forward this invitation to students and other colleagues who may not have heard of ISCHP yet, and make a note in your diary for ISCHP 2021 in late August.

Ngā manaakitanga nā te Roopu Awhina / Best wishes from the Local Organising Committee,

Dr Ally Gibson (Chair), Prof Antonia Lyons, Dr Gareth Treharne, Dr Tracy Morison, Dr Andrea LaMarre, Prof Sarah Riley, Dr Denise Blake

*Ngā mihi nui e Dr Tia Neha for assistance with writing this greeting in Te Reo Māori.