Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is a great pleasure and an honor to extend to you a warm invitation to attend the 26th ISSBD Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, to be held June 21 – 25 on the Island of Rhodes, at Rodos Palace Hotel, Greece.
Why the island of Rhodes in Greece? The Island of Rhodes is not only known for its endless beaches, wonderful weather, its medieval old town, beautiful landscape but also for its long experience in organizing large International Scientific Conferences. When the gods divided the world among themselves, so an ancient Greek legend goes, Helios (the Sun god) noticed an island emerging from the sea. He was so fascinated by its beauty that he immediately asked Zeus whether he might have this island as his share. Rhodes was that island. The island seems to glide like a dolphin, over the waves in the transparent seas of the south-eastern Aegean, where West meets East.
The Congress will promote and facilitate the presentation of research on, among other topics, (a) human developmental processes throughout the life-span, (b) basic and applied areas, (c) risks for development and resilience, (d) biological determinants of development, (e) methodological issues, (f) topics of global concern that affect developing individuals’ lives, such as climate change, globalization, migration, catastrophic events, such as war and terrorism, new and old technologies. The Congress will give special emphasis on the translation of developmental science to policy and on translational research. Last but not least, the Congress will actively promote contributions by scientists of different disciplines, such as neuroscience, genetics, sociology, political science, education, media.
The Congress will strive to offer plenty of networking opportunities, providing you with the opportunity to meet and interact with leading scientists and researchers, friends and colleagues as well as sponsors and exhibitors.
The social program will highlight our Greek cuisine, unique culture and arts, combined with the breathtaking natural beauty of the island. Pre- and post-congress tours will underscore the role of the Island of Rhodes as one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
The proposed congress site offers itself for a fertile dialogue and exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods between scholars in an environment that is well organized and characteristic for its beauty and history. We believe that the organization of the conference at this site promises to offer participants a memorable experience.
We hope you will join us for a symphony of outstanding science and take a little extra time to enjoy the spectacular and unique beauty of this island.
With best wishes,
Chair of the Conference