November 10, 2019
World Science Day for Peace and Development
The Importance of Psychological Science to Support Peace and Development
World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues.
The European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) endorses this statement. Psychological Science can help bridge the gap between divisiveness, tribalism, and polarization and can contribute to conflict resolution, combat group think and increase contact among different groups engaged in war and conflict.
Psychological Science can contribute significantly during turbulent times. There are many examples from history where poor understanding of alternative perspectives and lack of contact have instigated and escalated war and conflict. The European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) aims to highlight the importance and use of psychological knowledge, theory and practices for fostering and improving open and sincere communication and contact between separated and polarized groups.
EFPA urges policymakers, politicians and agencies of influence to reach out to the scientific community generally, and psychological scientists specifically, to help provide evidence-based approaches to tackling these difficult problems.
The European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) represents psychologists’ associations across 39 European countries and some 350,000 psychologists who research and practise the discipline of psychology, a science focused on understanding human behaviour. EFPA brings together Europe’s psychologist scientists in its Board of Scientific Affairs, a group that fosters scientific collaboration in psychology across Europe.
World Science Day for Peace and Development : Open science, leaving no one behind: