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Synergy Meetings

The annual Synergy Expert Meeting is organised to provide an opportunity for synergistic discussion between health psychologists conducting research in core fields within health psychology.

Upcoming Meetings

Winter School 2024

We’re excited to open applications for the second EHPS Winter School: “Health Psychology in the Age of Social Media”. This winter school will delve into the realm of health psychological research on social media, covering diverse topics such as data donation, neuroimaging research, and mental health and well-being. The in-person Winter School is organized in collaboration with the Amsterdam Center for Health Communication and will take place in Amsterdam on 28 & 29 February 2024. The event will be facilitated by Eline Smit (University of Amsterdam) and Thomas Gültzow (Open University of the Netherlands). We will explore health psychological research on social media, placing a special emphasis on diverse methodologies. The Winter School is for anyone interested in health psychological research on social media, including people who have just started dipping their toes in the water (e.g., PhD students) and those with substantial experience (e.g., post-docs to professors).

For more information and to apply, please visit: The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 24th January 2024 (23:59 hrs GMT).

  • Eline Smit
  • Thomas Gültzow
Feb 28 – Feb 29 2024

Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Expert Meeting 2024

The main objective of the Expert Meeting is to bring environmental and health psychologists interested in environmental health together to facilitate exchange and mutual learning. The specific objectives of this EHPS Synergy Expert Meeting are to: (1) discuss the theoretical and methodological state-of-the-art in environmental and health psychology relevant to environmental health promotion, (2) identify synergies and opportunities for mutual learning between the two sub-disciplines, (3) discuss the state-of-the-art in environmental health promotion practice as well as practitioners’ research needs, (4) generate a manuscript outlining a research agenda for environmental health psychology, and (5) establish a network between environmental and health psychologists interested in environmental health.
For more information and to complete the application form please click here.
  • Nadja Contzen
  • Jutta Matta
  • Lorraine Whitmarsh
Sep 02 – Sep 03 2024
Cascais (Portugal)

Past Meetings

Expert Meeting 2023

In this Expert Meeting, we aim to go beyond the dominant models for explaining and influencing initiation and maintenance of physical activity. We will achieve this by (1) integrating the broad list of social environment factors related to physical activity with a central focus on nuclear family members (a dyad of romantic partners, parents or legal guardians, and children) and (2) combining the factors into a system map of physical activity. In particular, the objective of the Expert Meeting is to collaboratively develop a publishable system map giving insight into complex family environment factors influencing physical activity, shifting the focus towards a system-based logic approach (instead of process-oriented approaches).

  • Ryan E. Rhodes
  • Aleks Luszczynska

Sep 03 – Sep 04 2023

Bremen (Germany)

Expert Meeting 2022

Behavioural scientists, and in particular health psychologists, have been called to action during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their involvement in advisory groups for governments, regional and local authorities, health agencies and international bodies is noteworthy. They have identified successful ways to collaborate, through for example, the use of open science frameworks, crowd-sourcing and synthesizing of evidence, and open public health forums for co-creation and sharing best practice. This has enabled the rapid production of guidance and recommendations for policy makers and public health officials on how to influence disease prevention behaviours effectively. While this has maximized the potential to impact policy and practice, these advancements come with numerous challenges. Sharing international experiences (e.g, methodologies, best practices) and establishing international collaborations and positions, can help to overcome such challenges, which can be supported by formal organizations, such as the European Health Psychology Society.

The objectives of this EHPS SYNERGY Expert Meeting are to:

Share international experiences in advising governments, policy makers and public health agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies.

Identify ways in which behavioural science can inform policy and decision making, and pathways to achieve it

Generate a position statement paper on the role of behavioural sciences and health psychology in tackling global public health challenges

Establish an EHPS network/SIG on the topic.

  • Marta Marques
  • Angel Chater

Aug 21 – Aug 22 2022

Hybrid: Bratislava (Slovakia)
& online

Expert Meeting 2021

The aim of this Synergy Expert Meeting was to stimulate discussion around the implications and applications of Open Digital Health tools for health psychology research and practice. The objectives were to identify the most pertinent methods and strategies for applying and evaluating open digital health tools, especially the ones used in research, prevention and treatment in relation to health psychology domains

  • Dominika Kwasnicka
  • Robbert Sanderman

Aug 19 – Aug 20 2021


Expert Meeting 2019

This Expert Meeting aimed to stimulate discussion around the implications and applications of state-of-the-art habit theory for health psychology research and practice. It identified, and sought consensus around, the most pertinent research questions and strategies for developing and applying habit theory to health psychology domains. Participants co-authored a manuscript setting out the research agenda arrived at within the workshop, and formulated plans for methodologically rigorous research to further understanding of habit and its sequelae within key domains of interest.

  • Benjamin Gardner
  • Phillippa Lally

Sep 02 – Sep 03 2019

Dubrovnik (Croatia)

Expert Meeting 2018

The European Health Psychology Society has influence on scientific practices, and one of the instruments we have available are our publishing policies. Such policies can be crafted to minimize questionable research practices. This Expert Meeting discussed the role of the EHPS in promoting scientific integrity in health psychology and produced a proposal to the executive committee and the journal editors.

  • Gerjo Kok
  • Aleksandra Luszczynska
  • Charles Abraham
  • Gjalt-Jorn Peters

Aug 20 – Aug 21 2018

Galway (Ireland)

Expert Meeting 2017

Implementation Science is a multidisciplinary field of research focused on understanding how to move research evidence into routine healthcare. There is a real opportunity to use the insights of Implementation Science to develop and evaluate interventions to implement effective Health Psychology-based interventions. This Synergy expert meeting brought together health psychologists with experience in implementation research to directly consider the further potential relationship between Implementation Science and Health Psychology.

  • Molly Byrne
  • Justin Presseau

Aug 28 – Aug 29 2017

Padua (Italy)

Expert Meeting 2016

This Expert Meeting aimed to survey the state of the art of research on close relationships and health regarding theory, design, and statistical models in observational and intervention research. In compiling the relevant questions and existing evidence the Expert Meeting moved the field of research on social relationships and health forward. As a final outcome of the Expert Meeting, facilitators and delegates composed a consensus-based position paper.

  • Urte Scholz
  • Gertraud Stadler

Aug 22 – Aug 23 2016

Aberdeen (United Kingdom)

Expert Meeting 2015

Mhealth interventions can collect detailed longitudinal data about the process of behaviour change from a vastly larger samples, permitting unprecedented analysis of behaviour change influences. Yet, rapid advances in mobile technology make study designs with long-term follow-up of maintenance inappropriate. This Expert Meeting worked towards a publishable output reflecting expert consensus regarding opportunities, challenges and future directions for mhealth interventions and research.

  • Lucy Yardley
  • Susan Michie
  • Robert West

Aug 31 – Sep 01 2015

Limassol (Cyprus)

Expert Meeting 2014

The Expert Meeting discussed and debated the evidence on planning interventions in health behaviour. Participants aimed to develop a consensus on the most effective means to implement and evaluate planning interventions to move the field forward and resolve some of the theoretical, operational and methodological shortcomings of previous research. identified the salient gaps in the literature, formulated possible guidelines for good practice, and identified priority areas for future research.

  • Martin Hagger
  • Aleksandra Luszczynska

Aug 25 – Aug 26 2014

Innsbruck (Austria)

Expert Meeting 2013

The focus of this Expert Meeting was on methods for behaviour change at the environmental level. However, few taxonomies of behaviour change include behaviour change of environmental agents at the interpersonal, organizational, community and policy levels. Moreover, translating methods into applications demands a sufficient understanding of the theory behind the method, especially the theoretical parameters under which the theoretical process is effective or not.

  • Gerjo Kok
  • Rob Ruiter

Jul 14 – Jul 16 2013

Bordeaux (France)

Expert Meeting 2012

Health Psychology research is required to understand both individual and the population-level health to provide valid evidence for policy and practice. Health psychologists are at the forefront of developing innovative research approaches in mixed-discipline studies and applied settings. This Expert Meeting brought together researchers with contrasting expertise to discuss the theoretical and practical elements of combining quantitative and qualitative methods.

  • Rachel Shaw

Aug 19 – Aug 21 2012

Prague (Czechia)

Expert Meeting 2011

This Expert Meeting was a venue for participants to exchange experiences with N-of-1 designs and learn from each other. Many theories and interventions in health psychology view behaviour change at the individual level. However, testing interventions in randomised trials involving many participants makes the applicability of interventions to the individual participant difficult to determine and theories that apply across individuals do not apply within an individual, as expected.

  • Diane Dixon
  • Marie Johnston
  • Derek Johnston

Sep 18 – Sep 20 2011

Crete (Greece)

Expert Meeting 2010

Qualitative research methodologies are becoming relatively common within health psychology, although their newness promotes a tendency for these methodologies and methods to be used in rather formulaic ways. The Expert Meeting challenged the formulaic use of methodology, promotes the use of more inventive and imaginative forms of qualitative research practice, and promotes innovation in planning and reporting qualitative research.

  • Kerry Chamberlain

Aug 29 – Aug 31 2010

Cluj (Romania)

Expert Meeting 2009

Two editorials in Psychology and Health proposed that intervention research should seek to understand the underlying mechanisms that make a difference in prevention or patient care, and that our work meet the standards of current evidence-based practice. This Expert Meeting provided an opportunity to bring together experienced and more novice researchers to critically examine some of the more pragmatic aspects of clinical trials.

  • Rona Moss-Morris
  • Trudie Chalder
  • Alison Wearden
  • Gijs Bleijenberg

Sep 21 – Sep 22 2009

Pisa (Italy)

Expert Meeting 2008

  • Lucy Yardley
  • Pål Kraft
  • Stephen Sutton

Bath (United Kingdom)

Expert Meeting 2007

  • Michael Diefenbach
  • Jeanne Edman
  • Alison Karasz

Maastricht (Netherlands)

Expert Meeting 2006

  • Susan Michie
  • Pascal Sheeran
  • Alexander Rothman

Warsaw (Poland)

Expert Meeting 2005

  • James Pennebaker
  • Bernard Rimé

Galway (Ireland)

Expert Meeting 2004

  • John Weinman
  • Keith Petrie

Helsinki (Finland)

Expert Meeting 2003

  • Susan Michie
  • Marie Johnstone
  • Stephen Sutton

Kos (Greece)