1. Purpose of the award

The Aristotle Prize is awarded to an individual psychologist or team recognised internationally as having made a substantial and original contribution to psychology as a science or a profession.  The link between the Aristotle Prize and the EFPA European Congress of Psychology means the prize will be awarded in an area of work that reflects the particular Congress theme in the relevant year. 

2. History

The Aristotle Prize was given to EFPA by the President of the 4th European Congress of Psychology in 1995 Athens, Greece, to be awarded to a psychologist from Europe who has made a distinguished contribution to psychology.

3. Profile of the award

The Aristotle Prize exists to recognise: 

  • a European psychologist or a group of European psychologists
  • who is/are recognized internationally as having made a substantial and original contribution to psychology as a science or a profession.
  • To be demonstrated by international recognition which includes:
    • publications in scholarly journals
    • presentations at national and European, especially European, conferences 
    • a substantial contribution to European psychology through leadership, or the promulgation of psychology as a science and a profession.

EFPA would like to encourage a wide field of applications, and for a diverse group of people from across psychology to have the opportunity and feel encouraged and welcome to come forward, including those who may not normally consider such award schemes are for them.  The award is open to all who meet the criteria, inclusive of all personal characteristics and from across European countries. 

The Aristotle Prize Lecture will be delivered during the European Congress of Psychology.  The Aristotle Prize will therefore be awarded in an area of work that reflects the particular Congress theme in the relevant year.  The Scientific Committee of the relevant European Congress of Psychology may therefore be represented on the Awarding Committee. 

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The Aristotle Prize plate is awarded during the European Congress of Psychology by the President of EFPA.

The medal is awarded by the Presidents of the Association of Greek Psychologists and the Hellenic Psychological Society.

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4. Awarding procedure and nominations

The award will be made in accordance with the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations‘ Process for granting awards’.  Information about how to nominate for this award is here.

5. Previous Aristotle prize recipients

EFPA congratulates once more the recipients over the years whose names are recorded below:

 

Year Recipient Recipient's institution
1995 Professor Pieter Drenth (Netherlands)  
1997 Professor Paul Baltes (Germany)  
1999 Professor David Magnusson (Sweden)  
2001 Professor Alan Baddeley (UK)  
2003 Professor Lea Pulkkinen ( Finland)  
2005 Professor Rocio Fernandez-Ballesteros (Spain)  
2007 Professor William Yule (UK)  
2009 Professor Claus Bundesen (Denmark)  
2011 Professor H. Marinus Van Ijzendoorn (Netherlands)  
2013 Professor Niels Birbaumer (Austria)

 University of Tübingen - Germany
and Instituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico  -Venice,  Italy

2015 Professor José Maria Peiro (Spain) University of Valencia  - Spain
2017 CON AMORE – Center on Autobiographical Memory Research (Denmark)  
2019 Prof. Naomi Ellemers (Netherlands) University of Utrecht - Netherlands