Introducing our first 2 Keynote Speakers for SIOPSA's 18th Annual Conference, 19 - 21 July 2016
SIOPSA is gearing up towards its 18th Annual Conference (19 – 21 July 2016) at the CSIR International Convention Centre. This year we promise another exciting line-up of contemporary local and international keynote speakers as well as a jam-packed conference programme to cater for a variety of industrial/organisational psychology interest categories. Over the next couple of weeks we will be introducing our keynote speakers to you in “bite size chunks” in the Pulse and on our website.
This week we have the pleasure of introducing Prof Jonathan Jansen (UOFS) and Prof Ernst Bohlmeijer (Twente University).
Prof Jonathan Jansen
Jonathan Jansen is Vice Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State and President of the South African Institute of Race Relations. He holds a PhD from Stanford University, the MS degree from Cornell University, and honorary doctorates of education from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and Cleveland State University (USA). He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a Fellow of the Academy of Science of the Developing World. His book Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past (Stanford 2009) was listed as one of the best books of that year by the American Libraries Association. His new book, Schools that Work, uses video-documentaries to capture what happens inside disadvantaged schools which nevertheless produce the best results in physical science and mathematics in South Africa; this book has been sent to every high school in the country. He also writes popular books like Great South African Teachers (with two students), We need to talk, and We need to act (2013); and is a columnist for The Times. In 2013 he was awarded the Education Africa Lifetime Achiever Award in New York and the Spendlove Award from the University of California for his contributions to tolerance, democracy and human rights. In May 2014 he received an honorary doctor of letters degree at the University of Vermont and recently Knowledge in the Blood also won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize, the largest award from the British Academy for the Social Science and Humanities, for its contribution to scholarly excellence and transcultural understanding. His latest book, Leading for Change: race, intimacy and leadership on divided university campuses, has just been released by Routledge; and next year he plans to publish a new book called Race, Romance and Reprisal among university students.
Prof Ernst Bohlmeijer
Prod. dr. E.T. Bohlmeijer graduated in 2007 on the effects of life-review and story-telling on depression in older adults. Since 2007 he works as an associate professor and since 2011 as full professor at the department of Psychology, Health & Technology at the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at Twente University. His research comprises two main topics: 1) mental health promotion, 2) the use of (e) technology in (mental) health care. He has a special interest in the development and evaluation of innovative (web-based) interventions in health care and public mental health. In the last years he was principle investigator and supervisor of more than 10 randomized controlled trials. He developed 8 interventions aiming at enhancing resilience and well-being and reducing distress based on behavioural cognitive therapy (acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion focused therapy and positive psychology). Since 2010 Ernst Bohlmeijer (co-) published over 80 peer reviewed papers and three scientific books. He was editor of the Dutch Handbook of Positive Psychology.
We look forward to seeing you again in July!