The International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development biennial conference and meetings were recently held on the Gold Coast, chaired and organised by Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck from the School of Applied Psychology and co-chaired by Professor Bonnie Barber, Dean of Research. The mission of ISSBD is to promote scientific research on human development throughout the lifespan and application of relevant findings in the world.  ISSBD currently has more than a thousand members in almost sixty countries.

Prof Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck

The conference on the Gold Coast included six Griffith University pre-conferences, with over eighty scholars from around the world learning about topics such as longitudinal data analysis, loneliness, cross-cultural research and translating research into practice. The main 5-day conference saw over eight hundred delegates providing more than eighty symposia and six hundred posters to convey findings of research; with the addition of a series for early-career research scholars.

Thank you to the forty Griffith University third and fourth year psychology students that volunteered to work at the conference, the twenty PhD students and ten research staff that participated by presenting and attending.