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by Dr Ruwayne Kock, SIOPSA President 2023/24

After attending the recent SIOP 2024 Conference in Chicago, I’m excited about the significant advances that our field is making. The conference reinforced the crucial role of I/O Psychology in enhancing workplace and community well-being through innovative practices. 

SIOP 2024 Highlights 

My  main takeaways were:

Scientist-Practitioner Role – There was a strong emphasis on the dual role of I/O Psychologists as both scientists and practitioners. 

DEIA and Measurement – The conference featured engaging discussions on measuring and integrating DEIA effectively within organisations. 

AI in People Management – A key focus was AI’s role in transforming various phases of the talent management lifecycle, from acquisition to development. 

Future of Flexible Work – Discussions included strategies for implementing flexible work arrangements in non-white-collar roles to enhance inclusivity. 

Advancements in People Development – The conference highlighted innovative team-based and coaching approaches for professional development. 

Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work – Innovative design thinking strategies were discussed to promote mental health and well-being. 

Global Shared I/O Psychology Identity – A concerted effort was made to promote a unified I/O Psychology identity across the globe.

These insights from I/O Psychology directly impact our mental health, well-being, and productivity. They are inspiring and pivotal as we integrate them into our practices to promote personal and organisational growth. 

Looking Ahead: 26th Annual SIOPSA 2024 Conference 16-19 July 2024

We’re excited to announce our 26th Annual SIOPSA Conference themed ‘Mindful Organisations and Productive People’, scheduled for 16-19 July 2024 at the Wanderers Club, Johannesburg and online via Whova. This event promises to deepen our roles as scientist-practitioners, focusing on creating balanced environments where mental health and productivity thrive. 

To secure your spot in Johannesburg or online, register here: SIOPSA 2024 Conference Registration

Let’s collaborate and work together towards shaping the future of our profession. Our collective efforts will lead to positive change and help us achieve our shared goals.

Pictures from SIOP 2024 – Chicago, USA

Full members of SIOPSA are hereby invited to nominate a person to be proposed by the Annual General Meeting of SIOPSA for appointment as President-Elect in terms of sub-sections 8.1 – 8.4 of Clause 8 of the SIOPSA Constitution.

How it will work:

  1. Full members nominate full member candidates with the digital nomination letter
  2. SIOPSA office to contact nominees for CV and manifestos via email
  3. Nominations close Thursday, 30 May 2024
  4. President-Elect 2023/24 voting starts 5 June 2024
  5. President-Elect announcement at SIOPSA AGM, 9 July 2024

Read more about the President-Elect in the SIOPSA Constitution 

Please make sure your nomination(s) reach us by 30 May 2024. Looking forward to receive your nominations.



Rates will vary depending on whether you are a guest, a member, or a partner. All the prices mentioned below include VAT.

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The SIOPSA Membership for the year 2024 runs from 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.
Membership registration is available online through the SIOPSA website. Simply create a profile, visit the membership portal, add your desired membership level to your cart, and complete the checkout process.
To renew your subscription via email, we kindly request that you reach out to our Accounts Department at accounts@siopsa.org.za.
We appreciate your continued participation and look forward to assisting you with the renewal process.

We look forward to serving you and the IOP community in the year ahead. 

This year we have introduced the opportunity to donate a membership registration fee that will provide someone without the funding to join SIOPSA membership. If you would like to donate, please include the amount or number of registrations in a specific category you would like to donate in your email to the Accounts Department.

Don’t miss the opportunity to enhance your professional identity and access SIOPSA benefits, tools, and resources.

Our membership program includes a variety of categories designed to suit your individual needs.

Thank you for considering to renew your membership. We are committed to serving you with the tools and resources to enhance your IOP professional development and skills.

Early Bird offer just for you? Renew by 28 February 2024, send your Proof of Payment to accounts@siopsa.org.za and receive a 10% discount on the Annual Conference Registration Fee.

Connect with the largest community of IOPs in South Africa, access premium resources, and enjoy exclusive benefits through all of 2024.


Exploring ancestral meaning systems as they relate to leadership and authority




IGSPO and SIOPSA, in partnership with The Tavistock Institute, invites you to participate in our second Group Relations Conference (Ancestral Meaning System), taking place on 11, 12, 13 April 2024.

Collaborate with us in this “here and now” experience of holding the present, tapping into the ancestral past and casting our dreams into our associative unconscious as we explore what lies in the lake beneath our surface level conscious.


Ancestral meaning systems also relate to our ancestors in group relations work – when we stand on the shoulders of giants to look to the here-and-now and the future. Then we also encounter ancestors in our places of work – those we can identify with and those we are uncertain how to engage with. Then, our ancestors from our familial lineage also impact our lives in ways we do not always reflect on.

At group relations conferences, group and organisational dimensions are examined not so much from the point of view of the dynamics linked to leadership and authority (which stay present, but in the background) but instead through exploration of the theme of ancestral meaning systems and their implications for leadership and authority in a global context.

The Conference additionally works on the personal/individual dimension through the construction of a setting (spaces, times and events), during which it is possible for the participant to come into contact with their own body and thoughts and with the surrounding environment, and to draw insights from these resources to deepen their understanding and knowledge of both individual leadership and authority, and that authorised on behalf of others.

This experiential learning event will therefore explore ancestral meaning systems as they relate to leadership and authority. How do ancestral meaning systems find representation in organisations? How do they impact our leadership and the authority of others in organisations? How do they authorise or deauthorise others and ourselves?

IGSPO and SIOPSA, in partnership with The Tavistock Institute, invites us to participate in our second Group Relations Conference (Exploring Ancestral Meaning Systems), taking place on 11, 12, 13 April 2024.

In our second online Group Relations Conference exploring ancestral meaning systems, as they relate to leadership and authority, we will engage these waters of our ancestry together and let them speak. The conference structure will contain us as we stir the waters and immerse in this intersection of our ancestral meaning systems and the unconscious.

Conference Programme

Conference Fees

This global live-online conference is brought to you by IGSPO – SIOPSA Interest Group in Systems Psychodynamics of Organisations from the Cradle of Civilisation, South Africa in proud partnership with the Tavistock Institute.

IGSPO, building on the legacy of Group Relations work in South Africa since 1997, has foregrounded ancestral meaning systems that intersect with the unconscious as we explore leadership and authority, nationally and internationally, in our different daily contexts. In doing this pioneering work, we are collaborating with the Tavistock Institute which has been actively exploring Human Relations since 1957. Group Relations conferences started in South Africa in 1989 and IGSPO has been committed to keeping this tradition alive.

The Tavistock Institute, founded in 1947, has made significant contributions to the field of Group Relations through its early pioneering scientific work which have had a lasting influence on the fields of psychology, social science, and organisational development. The annual Leicester Conference, the flagship of all other Group Relations Conferences, has taken place every year since 1957, is hosted by The Tavistock Institute.

Pre-Conference dialogues

Our series of preconference dialogues will allow us to engage with a panel of experts from around the globe in preparation for our conference.  Attendance is at no cost.  Registration is required, kindly click on the title of each event to register to attend.

Thursday 7th of December 2023 – 18:00-19:00 SAST GRC and the experience of ancestry.View the recording

Thursday 18th of January 18:00-19:00 – Origins and ancestry of psychoanalysis. View the recording

Thursday 8 March 2024 18:00-19:00 – A lens into Ancestry. View the recording here

Thursday 7th March 2024 18:00-19:00 – Ancestral meaning and indigenous knowledge systemsView the recording

We look forward to receiving your abstract for the Annual SIOPSA Conference.

We’re excited to announce that a three-day conference will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from Wednesday, 17 July to Friday 19 July 2024. To make the event inclusive and accessible to remote participants, we’ll also be running virtual sessions.

On Tuesday, 16 July 2024, a workplace counseling pre-conference workshop will be held.

The three-day conference will address the following themes: “context,” “content,” and “conduct.”

Context: Focuses on the importance of context in understanding workplace mental health. To help attendees grasp the overall landscape, we’ll be using a scoreboard metaphor. This theme will delve into the root causes of mental health concerns in the workplace, the extent of the mental health crisis, and debunk common myths. We’ll also cover trends and strategies for effectively managing mental health in the workplace.

Content: Focuses on multiple touchpoints, coping mechanisms, and collaborative solutions involved in workplace mental health and well-being, emphasising that it is not an isolated issue.

Conduct: Focuses on adopting a futuristic approach to addressing mental health issues in the workplace, exploring diverse methods to foster sustainable development in mental health.

Prof Eileen Koekemoer scoops SIOPSA’s best Academic IOP Award

The Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology South Africa (SIOPSA) awarded Professor Eileen Koekemoer the 2021/2022 Presidential Award for Excellence in Industrial and Organisational Psychology (IOP). She was named Academic IOP of the year 2021/2022 at SIOPSA’s awards ceremony in July. Prof Koekemoer, of the Department of Human Resource Management, has a C2 National Research Foundation rating.

Speaking on the award, she says she was in disbelief when she received the award but equally elated to receive the recognition from SIOPSA.

“I did not expect to win the award and my first response was that if you love your job then it does not feel like work. I feel privileged to be in a department, university, and also field of work I am passionate about. This award made me reflect on what I do and the value that I add to students and to the body of literature with my research.”

Prof Koekemoer says she enjoys being an academic, working with students and doing research.

HRM celebrates academic excellence

In his welcome address, Head of the Department of HRM, Professor Alewyn Nel congratulated the prize-winners for their dedication towards their studies and striving for excellence in their academics. Prof Nel also used the opportunity to highlight some of the accolades received in the Department during the 2022 academic year.

“Apart from our students who are receiving awards, I have to say, I am especially proud of my colleagues and fellow students who overachieved in many areas during 2022. Prof Eileen Koekemoer was named the Best Academic in IOP at SIOPSA Presidential Awards. We had two academics who received their National Research Foundations re-ratings, Profs Koekemoer and Pieter Schaap as well as Profs Chantal Olckers and Nasima Carrim, who received first-time ratings,” said a delighted Nel.

He also expressed his pride over the awards students received in 2022. One of the HRM students, Andre Rust was awarded second place in the National SABPP Best Student in HR Standards and another, Lonwabo Makapela, won the prestige Fulbright Foreign Student Award which also included a year study abroad at the Vanderbilt University in the US at the Owen Graduate School of Management.

During the prize-giving award, Xolani Mawande, CEO of the South African Board for Personnel Practice (SABPP) presented the SABPP CEO Recognition Award for Extraordinary Service and Outstanding Contribution to the HR Profession to Prof Karel Stanz of the Department of HRM in the presence of his colleagues. The award was awarded at the SABPP Annual General Meeting, which took place on the same day at Future Africa.

CONGRATULATIONS TO Prof Eileen Koekemoer, Prof Karel Stanz and Prof Nasima MH Carrim, SIOPSA Executive Chair for Diversity and Inclusion!



A 4-Day Week pilot program that will begin in early 2023 offers forward-thinking businesses the chance to participate as South Africa’s first. A coordinated, six-month trial of the four-day workweek is available to South African businesses, with no pay loss. Along with similar pilot programs being run in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States, the trial will be conducted in Europe. For South African businesses, the fit is a natural one given their shared time zone and language. In collaboration with scientists at Boston College, 4 Day Week Global is directing the pilot. The knowledge, equipment, and resources required to conduct a successful trial will be unrivalled accessible to participating companies.

Adding to the BIOP clumsy conversation about Language and Racism, listen to Dr Sharon Munayaka interviewed by PowerFM making sense of accent discrimination in the workplace. 







SIOPSA Transformation introducing the Clumsy Conversation Series.  

Listen again to the clumsy conversation unpacking language in racism.

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