Sep 252017

International Conference on Motivation (ICM) 2018

Theme: Design for motivation

The ICM 2018 will be held from: 15th – 17th August 2018 (Wednesday – Friday)

The Summer school for doctoral students with the theme Motivation & Emotions will be held from: 12th – 14th August 2018 (Sunday – Tuesday)

Place: Aarhus University – Danish School of Education – Denmark

For more information, click here to visit the ICM 2018 conference website

Jan 132017

The Jacobs Foundation is issuing a call for nominations for the 2017 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize. The prize, which is endowed with one million Swiss Francs, honors outstanding scientific contributions of scholars aiming at improving the development and living conditions of children and youth.

Scholars, academic institutions, and professional organizations all over the world who are engaged in research on children and youth are encouraged to submit nominations. Potential recipients may come from any scholarly discipline that seeks to enhance the development and living conditions of children and youth. This includes, but is not limited to, educational sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, linguistics, neurosciences, computer sciences, and medical sciences.

An international committee of leading scientists will select a prize recipient with an outstanding record of achievement. Past recipients of the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize are Orazio P. Attanasio (2016), Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (2015), Michael J. Meaney (2014), Greg J. Duncan (2013), Dante Cicchetti (2012), Michael Tomasello (2011), Terrie E. Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi (2010) as well as Laurence Steinberg (2009).

The Jacobs Foundation will accept nominations until March 1, 2017. Self nominations are not permitted.
Detailed information and the nomination materials can be found at:

Dec 162016

The Society for the Study of Motivation (SSM) will celebrate its 10th Anniversary Meeting on May 25 in Boston. As usual, the annual conference will take place in conjunction with (i.e., right before) the APS conference. Our Anniversary Meeting will feature a joint keynote address by Geoffrey Cohen (Professor of Psychology and James T. March Professor in Organizational Studies in Education and Business at Stanford University), as well as a presidential address by Peter Gollwitzer  (Professor of Psychology at New York University and at University of Konstanz, Germany). Please see the call for submissions for the details.

We invite submissions for symposia, debates, data blitz presentations, and poster presentations. We also encourage young scientists to submit for the poster award.

The deadline for symposia, debates, and data blitz submissions is December 1, 2016.
The deadline for poster presentations is January 31, 2017.
For more information, please visit:

We are looking forward to celebrating one decade of stimulating exchange on motivation science in the Society for the Study of Motivation together with you in Boston!

On behalf of this year’s SSM Program Committee:
Arne Roets (SSM program chair, Ghent University)
Thomas L. Webb (SSM program co-chair, University of Sheffield)
Ed Orehek (SSM local arrangements chair, University of Pittsburgh)
Judy Harackiewicz (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Ethan Kross (University of Michigan)
Bill Klein (NIH/Nat. Cancer Institute)
Kristin Laurin (University of British Columbia)
E.J. Masicampo (Wake Forest University)
Paul Norman (University of Sheffield)
Todd Thrash (William and Mary)
Rex Wright (University of North Texas)

Dec 152016

Zurich, December 14, 2016

Call for Applications: The Jacobs Foundation Marbach Castle Residence Program 2017

Deadline for submission: February 15, 2017

The Jacobs Foundation’s mission is to contribute to improving the development of current and future generations of young people to enable them to become socially responsible members of society. The Foundation promotes innovation in research and practice and aims at combining scientific findings with practical applications. Residencies at Marbach Castle, located on the shores of Lake Constance (Germany), aim at generating new knowledge in child and youth development through work on scientific/position papers, book projects or research proposals for international large-scale cooperation.

The Residence Program offers senior and/or junior (post-doctoral) researchers in the field of child and youth development an inspiring setting for conducting uninterrupted, goal-oriented, collaborative work. In addition to time for dedicated work on projects during the day, building new connections and collegial interaction with fellow residents from a variety of disciplines and geographies is a defining characteristic of the Marbach experience. Participants will take turn in presenting their current projects to one another. Meals and informal presentations of residents’ work provide an opportunity for dynamic discussion and engagement on child and youth development within and across disciplines.

The program provides twenty residencies from August 20 to August 27, 2017. We seek collaborative residencies for two to four people working on the same project. The Foundation provides meals and accommodation and covers air fare and local transportation to and from Marbach for all residents.

Applications are due by February 15, 2017 for the residency period August 20, 2017 through August 27, 2017. Applicants will be notified by end of March 2017.

To apply, please visit Marbach Residence Program 2017

Jul 222016

Psychologica Belgica is happy to announce the publication of Vol 56(2) alongside a Special Issue paying tribute to Prof. Dr. Willy Lens.  All content is now available to read online.

56: Issue 3 (special issue):
Emerging trends and future directions for the field of motivation psychology: A special issue in honor of Prof. Dr. Willy Lens

Guest edited by Maarten Vansteenkiste & Athanasios Mouratidis

  • Vansteenkiste, M., & Mouratidis, A: Emerging Trends and Future Directions for the Field of Motivation Psychology: A Special Issue in Honor of Prof. Dr. Willy Lens. DOI:
  • van der Kaap-Deeder, J. et al.: The Pursuit of Self-Esteem and Its Motivational Implications. DOI:
  • Chen, B. et al.: Where Do the Cultural Differences in Dynamics of Controlling Parenting Lie? Adolescents as Active Agents in the Perception of and Coping with Parental Behavior. DOI:
  • Cordeiro, P. et al.: The Portuguese Validation of the Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction and Frustration Scale: Concurrent and Longitudinal Relations to Well-being and Ill-being. DOI:
  • Husman, J., Hilpert, J. C., & Brem, S. K: Future Time Perspective Connectedness to a Career: The Contextual Effects of Classroom Knowledge Building. DOI:
  • Fryer, L. K. et al.: Understanding Students’ Instrumental Goals, Motivation Deficits and Achievement: Through the Lens of a Latent Profile Analysis. DOI:
  • Gaudreau, P., & Braaten, A: Achievement Goals and their Underlying Goal Motivation: Does it Matter Why Sport Participants Pursue their Goals?. DOI:
  • Michou, A. et al.: Building on the Enriched Hierarchical Model of Achievement Motivation: Autonomous and Controlling Reasons Underlying Mastery Goals. DOI:
  • Delrue, J. et al.: Intrapersonal Achievement Goals and Underlying Reasons among Long Distance Runners: Their Relation with Race Experience, Self-Talk, and Running Time. DOI:
  • Vansteenkiste, M., Fernandez, L., & Mouratidis, A: A Tribute to Dr. Willy Lens. DOI:

*Picture of Willy Lens by Anja Van den Broeck (thank you!)