IAPS Activities

Restorative environments research was widely discussed at last week’s International Conference on Environmental Psychology (ICEP) in Plymouth, United Kingdom. We heard about new evidence, replication, person factors, theory development, and much more. REN members also met for drinks on Thursday before the conference dinner – have a look on Twitter for photos and please let us know if you would like us to share any photos of your own.

This autumn sees some changes to the organisation of iapsREN, as Dr. Femke Beute will step down as a co-convenor. Femke has been involved in REN since 2012, and has done a wonderful job with communications and publication archival during that time. Thank you Femke for all you have done to benefit our network! We are interested to hear from individuals who would like to support Ellie and Kayleigh in running REN, especially with regards to website management. Please contact us by email to find out more.


Upcoming deadlines:

  • EDRA 51, 4-7 April 2020, Tempe, Arizona, USA. Deadline for abstract submissions is 30 September.
  • 3rd Conference on Environmental Psychology in Norway, 28-29 November 2019, Lillehammer, Norway. Deadline for abstract submissions is 15 October. Deadline for registration is 10 November.
  • 26th IAPS Conference, 21-26 June 2020, Québec City, Canada. Deadline for symposia submissions is 1 October. Deadline for abstract submissions is 15 December.

Upcoming conferences:

We look forward to members meeting up at these various conferences. Please let us know of any other events that would interest fellow members, and if you would like to advertise a call for contributions to a symposium using our website and Twitter.

New Publications by Members

If you have recently published and would like this added to the iapsREN library and communicated in the next letter, please email us.


Lecturer x 6 / Associate Professor in Psychology

Deadline: 23 September 2019

Location: University of Plymouth, UK

Description: University of Plymouth is seeking to strengthen the School of Psychology by appointing 7 new colleagues. There is a strong appetite for applied areas and academics who apply Psychology to sustainability, environmental pollution, environment and health and similar topics. If you have a strong research profile and publications or excellent potential, please consider applying and come work with us! Plymouth is a pleasant and relaxed mid-size city in the beautiful Southwest of England within easy reach of wonderful beaches and coastline for surfing and walking. The University has a special sustainability focus with two dedicated Institutes (Marine Institute and Sustainable Earth Institute), and is renowned for a collegiate and supportive atmosphere.

Researcher Blue Psychology: role of sensory perception and behaviour for health and wellbeing

Deadline: 30 September 2019

Location: Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Belgium

Description: We aim to assess the interaction between human health and wellbeing, sensory perception of the coast as well as the behavioural aspect of users of the Belgian coast. We will make use of cross-sectional, longitudinal and/or experimental intervening studies. This research, in collaboration with university research groups, complements an ongoing study at VLIZ on the psychological and physiological restoration capacity of the Belgian coast. The main focus will be on the indirect, subtle, sensory and behaviour related effects of the blue environment on human health and wellbeing.

Call for papers

The British Ecological Society is pleased to announce the launch of its sixth journal, People and Nature. Led by Editor-in-Chief Kevin Gaston, People and Nature is a broad-scope open access journal publishing work from across research areas exploring relationships between humans and nature. The journal encourages conceptual and empirical approaches to answer interesting questions within this scope. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies are all welcome. People and Nature fosters innovation and experimentation and particularly encourages submissions that stimulate debate.

Member Spotlight

The photo in this newsletter is supplied by Dr. Karin Tanja-Dijkstra. She writes:

“I recently started a new challenge as an Associate Professor in the Research Group Nursing of Saxion University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands). I decided to move further into healthcare after having worked on research projects on nature-based interventions in healthcare for more than 10 years. I will thus broaden my research scope, but at the same time look for opportunities to bring the fields of environmental psychology and healthcare together. And with several ongoing projects and potential new collaborations, I am planning to continue to contribute to REN.

In the picture you can see Sandymouth Beach in North Cornwall, which we visited last month during our summer holidays. After spending four years in Plymouth, the South West has a very special place in our hearts. We visited this beach several times in the early evening, when it was nice and quiet. The rocks, the colours, the shapes, the waves coming in (or going out), the sunset and the skies; it was such a stunning place. The beach provided opportunities to walk, build sand castles and – our favourite activity – rockpooling.”

Contact iapsREN

You can contact the iapsREN Convening Committee via the following emails: