Sex, death and war

Associate Editors for Conference reports Kate Cavanagh and Paul Redford introduce our coverage of the 2002 Annual Conference.

This year’s Annual Conference took the Society to Blackpool, and two hotels on the North Promenade (the Imperial and the Hilton). Over four days 800 delegates grappled with three main conference themes that have concerned human minds for centuries: sexuality, ageing, and aggression, leading one invited speaker to dub it the ‘sex, death and war conference’. Celebrating outstanding contributions to psychological knowledge in Society award and invited lectures, topics included the causes of conflict, the utility (or otherwise!) of the graduate basis for registration, and the application of psychology to both life and work. Many of these will soon appear as full articles in The Psychologist. Over the coming pages and next month, we present our coverage of topics, including social inclusion, insomnia in later life, sexual health, the impact of political conflict on children, the psychology curriculum…and even which teachers are likely to have nicknames and how to improve your golf.

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