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The Program Committee will notify those who have submitted proposals of its decision in February 2018.
Details regarding the scheduling of accepted submissions will be sent in March 2018.

Multi-Disciplinary Workshop on Developmental Dynamics June 3-6, 2018

Greetings Colleagues,

It gives us great pleasure to announce the workshop, “Expanding the Field: Multi-Disciplinary Developmental Dynamics” to be held June 3-6, 2018 at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. This event will be followed by the “Dynamic Field Theory Bootcamp” from June 7-9, 2018.

In the past three decades, there has been a growing appreciation of development as a dynamical system. Historically, this reflects the application of methods in physics and mathematics to emerging concepts in psychological science. As we consider developmental dynamics 30 years on, the workshop seeks renewed multi-disciplinary synergies to broaden our understanding of developmental process. Toward this end, we bring developmental scientists together with modellers, cognitive systems researchers, roboticists, and neuroscientists to exchange ideas, recognizing that outside-the-box thinking can both enhance how we think about development and shape discussions in other disciplines.

A complete description of both events including registration and poster submission information can be found at our website:

The list of speakers includes Linda Smith, Denis Mareschal, Gregor Schoner, Will Penny, Daniela Corbetta, Aaron Buss, Yulia Sandamirskaya, Chen Yu, Teea Gliga, Andrew Bayliss, Sebastian Schneegans, Ingo Bojak, Larissa Samuelson, Kim Plunkett, Angelo Cangelosi, Nadja Althaus, Vanessa Simmering, Torkel Klingberg, Sobana Wijeakumar, Natasha Kirkham, Gert Westermann, Eric Jackson, Tom FitzGerald, Mathis Richter, Sean Deoni, Michael Thomas, Martin Doherty, John Spencer, Sarah Lloyd Fox, Ajaz Bhatt, Brad Love, and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Dietmar Heinke, Alfredo Pereira, Jessica Horst, and Lynn Perry.

Please join us for these exciting events.

Attendees of the Jean Piaget Society Annual Meeting Please Note: Norwich is a 40-minute flight from Amsterdam, affording easy access to attendees of JPS 2018.


The ETF2018 Organizers: John Spencer, Larissa Samuelson, Gregor Schoner, Yulia Sandamirskaya

Call for Program Submissions


Call for Program Submissions
Jean Piaget Society, 48th Annual Meeting

The Dynamics of Development:
Process, (Inter-)Action, & Complexity

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 31 – June 2, 2018
Hotel CASA Eerste Ringdijkstaat 4, 1097 BC, Amsterdam

ORGANIZERS: Paul van Geert (RUG), David Witherington (University of New Mexico), and Jan Boom (UU)

The question most central to developmental science is also the field’s most elusive: How does human development work? In brief, how do new structures, patterns and levels of organization arise in human development? This question of how—targeting as it does the dynamics of development and the means by which development proceeds—is one that classic systems approaches to psychological development (such as Piaget’s) began to address in the first decades of the 20th century. For much of the 20th century, however, developmental science routinely sidestepped dynamic questions, as the field grew increasingly reductionist in its orientation. Nonetheless, recent decades have witnessed a steady revival of emphasis on taking the question of dynamics seriously, yielding a focus on the embodied and embedded activity of individuals in time and context. This entails an understanding of how the real-time activities of people arise from the complex, dynamic relations of body, brain, and environment and of how these real-time activities yield developmental-time changes in people’s psychological organization. It involves, in other words, a focus on self-organization and emergence, on nonlinearity and variability. The invited program for JPS 2018 will provide a survey of perspectives on how to think about and study the dynamics of development.

Paul van Geert (Groningen) presenting the Dynamic Systems perspective
Karen Adolph (New York) presenting the Ecological/Gibsonian perspective
Mark Bickhard (Lehigh) presenting the Interactivist perspective
Ezequiel Di Paolo (Ikerbasque) presenting the Enactive perspective

Chaired by Thomas Bidell & Michael Mascolo, Ellen Hamaker, Tom Hollenstein, and Jeremy Burman, will cover Dynamic Skills theory, conceptual and methodological grounds for the study of intraindividual variation, and historical considerations relevant to current work in developmental dynamics

As always, we welcome submissions on any topic in developmental science!

>>>Call for Papers<<<

We are using on-line submission forms. When the form is completed, you will have the option to save a copy as a PDF or MS Word file. Visit:

Full bibliographic references are not required. Tables and figures are not supported in the submission process. If you feel that tables or figures are essential to evaluation of your proposal, please contact Chris Lalonde (

Submission Deadline: 15 December 2017