International Systemic Research Conference “Linking Systemic Research and Practice”

8-11 March, 2017

Heidelberg, Germany



Second Announcement and First Call for Papers

International Systemic Research Conference
“Linking Systemic Research and Practice”

Heidelberg University, Germany
March 8-11,  2017
Dear Colleague:

heidelbergToday we present the second announcement and first call for papers of the International Systemic Research Conference in Heidelberg, March 2017.

We cordially invite you to sign up for participation in this conference and – if you like – to submit a suggested presentation of your own.

These are some of the conference features and reasons to come:
·         Whom will you meet? The conference will bring together academicians with  research oriented practitioners and experienced with young researchers.
·         Practice and research: The conference will closely link systemic practice and systemic research.
·         Bridging several fields of systemic practice: Participants bring with them their experiences in systemic individual, couple, group or family psychotherapy; in business coaching and organizational consultation; in education, social work, social policy and related fields.

  • Backgrounds: Participants come from theoretical background of systems theory; constructionist epistemology; narrative, postmodern or dialogical thinking and others. Their research may be qualitative, quantitative or both.
    ·         Famous presenters will be  Susan Mc Daniels (APA President, on family medicine), Peter Fonagyi and Eia Asen (on Mentalization), Bruce Wampold and William Pinsof (on Psychotherapy Research), Sheila Mc Namee (on Constructionism)  and Renos Papadopoulos (on Refugee aid), among others.
    ·         International: The conference hopes to attract participants from many countries. It is supported by several collaborating international associations.
    Among its supporters are (in alphabetical order):  the American Academy of Family Therapy (AFTA), European Association of Family Therapy (EFTA), Chinese Mental Health Association, Systemic Therapy Branch, German Society for Systemic Therapy, Consultation and Family Therapy (EGSF), , Helm Stierlin Institute (his) Systemische Gesellschaft (SG)and others
    ·         Justice in Participation Fees: Fees will strongly vary by country and professional status, to support participation of colleagues from low-income- countries and university students.
    ·         Early enrollment pays: Fees will start low and go up, therefore please register early.
    ·         Lively change between event formats: Conference formats will be lively and vary between keynote lectures, debates, symposia, research methodology workshops, poster session, experimental events and informal gatherings.
    ·         Last but not least – Heidelberg: The University founded 1386, is the oldest in Germany. The surrounding mountains, the river, the castle and the old bridge provide impressing scenery. The town hosts a lively cultural scene.

Enclosed please find
·         the conference concept
·         the conference core topics
·         the  program structure
·         a registration and  submission form to register for the conference and to submit your potential presentation to the  conference

We hope to present the next more elaborate program version by May 2016 on

See you in Heidelberg 2017


Jochen Schweitzer   and   Matthias Ochs
–          Conference presidents –