On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee we warmly invite you to the APS 13th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference to be held in Adelaide, South Australia from July 11 to 13, 2019. Set in Australia’s premier wine state, Adelaide, the ‘Festival City’, is a charming and accessible capital city notable for its many attractive heritage listed buildings and belt of parklands. The conference venue, the Hilton Hotel is located on Victoria Square in the heart of the city and is readily accessible to public transport.  It is just around the corner from the Adelaide Central Market, a mecca for chefs Australia wide and known for its gourmet food and fresh local produce.   Delegates can easily travel to the Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s most renowned wine regions or visit wine districts closer to the city. A reasonably short air or ferry ride away is Kangaroo Island, now one of Australia’s most desirable tourist destinations.

The APS Industrial and Organisational Psychology conferences attract large numbers of delegates nationally and internationally and the biennial conference is the largest of its type in the Southern hemisphere. With a growing reputation as a desirable destination for food lovers and wine connoisseurs, Adelaide is an ideal location to bring together a range of professionals to network and exchange new initiatives through discussion and debate. Importantly, the conference will strike a balance between academic and practitioner ideas and approaches and include sessions for early career professionals and students.

Our conference theme ‘Built to Last: people, performance, systems and culture’ will focus on the concept of sustainability, which is a major concern of many organisations and their employees in the ongoing turbulent economic climate. This conference will be a great opportunity to showcase what organisational psychology can do to assist organisations to deal effectively with their current and anticipated challenges and opportunities.

At the organisational level, safe, healthy and sustainable workplace cultures are needed with systems that optimise the performance, adaptability and well-being of staff. Organisational cultures that are built to last will need leadership and management that support and work with employees to deal creatively with present and future economic, technological and workforce issues.

We invite submissions for practitioner and research presentations, symposia and ‘how to’ sessions that are innovative, look ‘outside the square’ and demonstrate what can be done to improve and sustain performance and job satisfaction in organisations.  We hope to display organisational psychology at its very best.


Jacky Dakin FAPS and Dr Neil Kirby FAPS
2019 IOP Conference Co-Chairs