The British and East European Psychology Group was founded in 1992 to build bridges between psychologists in the two regions where for various reasons little exchange had been possible during the Cold War years. In our early years we discussed psychological research, teaching and practice though over the years as the importance of the evidence based practice gained recognition we increasingly focused on research.
During the 1990s and 2000s we established links in the psychology departments in most national Academies of Science and main universities in the former Soviet Union and in east central Europe, with direct links to over 500 individual professionals several of whom we hosted int he UK. We also coordinated 3 international conferences in central Europe touching topics across the psychological specialisms; 25 meetings in Leicester and London most focusing on one topic; and published our newsletter: UpDate which ran to 29 issues (see Early UpDates; Country UpDates; Subdiscipline UpDates).
Our featured image above shows the market town of Banska Bystrica at the heart of Europe, site of the 1944 Slovak National Rising (SNP) against Nazism and of BEEPG’s first international conference in 1995.