The highly anticipated Inaugural Pan African Psychology Union congress (PAPU 2017) has been realised with much success. A great amount of effort went into the organization of this historic event which marked the beginning of the continent’s scholarly gathering in Psychology. PsySSA, together with its supporting partners, began planning the event about a year in advance, and we soon realised that the available preparation time was rather short and that PAPU 2017 was a rather large event.
While the Scientific Committee and its many reviewers spent months working on the submitted abstracts and constructing the congress programme it was certainly a fruitful endeavour. Our overall impression, and that derived from delegate feedback, has been that the programme provided a wide array of content with substantial engagement and stimulating debate ensuing in the various scientific sessions. While delegates were spoiled for choice, most agreed that the numerous specialised tracks allowed them to pursue their interests and spend more time gaining in-depth exposure on specific content. It was evident that the large number of focal symposia addressed this issue as well, providing important space for special interest groups within a general Psychology conference. The pre-congress workshops were well-attended and most participants reported finding them beneficial in terms of skills dissemination.
Special thanks are expressed to the Scientific and Organising Committees for working tirelessly and diligently at all hours of day and night to make PAPU 2017 a success. We are also grateful to the reviewers who were generally very prompt in completing their assigned tasks. We are appreciative of the efforts made by all delegates to attend the event, and especially those who travelled from other countries to participate in this momentous scholarly occasion – we trust you had a good experience of South African hospitality.
We look forward to meeting at the next PAPU Congress.
Anthony Pillay, PhD
Scientific Committee Chair: PAPU 2017