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    Dear Colleagues,

    We invite you to attend the 12th International Conference on Perception and
    Action (ICPA 12) which will occur July 2003, in Gold Coast, Australia. As
    usual, there will be both oral and poster presentations.

    Approximately half of the oral papers presented at ICPA 12 will be in a
    particular Invited Symposium. The other half of the papers will be general
    submissions to Open Forums and will be grouped accordingly by topic if and
    when natural classes emerge.

    Importantly, there will be an increased number of open submissions at ICPA
    12 that are grouped after submission according to natural classification -
    as is quite standard with international conferences. Consequently, there
    will be fewer invited symposia than in recent years (i.e., fewer cases
    whereby the symposium organiser explicitly invites certain individuals to


    We are considering holding a workshop or two at ICPA 12. Depending on the
    number and kind of submissions for oral presentation, it may be possible to
    hold one or maybe two highly interactive sessions in a workshop mode. The
    workshop might examine in detail a pertinent and hopefully controversial
    theoretical issue within ecological psychology. One (or perhaps more)
    person(s) would lead an extended but careful outline of the problem or
    issue and then audience members would be given chances for related hands-on
    experiences. This would, however, require much more than a show-and-tell
    lecture and might involve computer simulations on several individual
    workstations, experiential activities, or something quite differentÅ  Be
    creative and consider the possibilities of a workshop and discuss it
    amongst yourselves.


    You are hereby invited as potential symposium organisers to begin thinking
    about themes for ICPA 12 and submit your proposals for consideration to the
    ICPA Scientific Committee. Each symposium (90 minutes long) should be
    carefully considered and consist of four speakers, each of which would have
    a maximum of 20 minutes (15 minutes to present, with 5 mins questions
    immediately following each individual's talk - the audience's questions
    should not be delayed until the session's end. Ten minutes at the session's
    end will afford extra time for integrative questioning and discussion with
    all the four speakers). Symposium organisers should submit a clear
    explanation of the reasons for the symposium, who the speakers will be, a
    sufficiently detailed abstract of each speaker's topic, and, importantly,
    what the *interrelations* between each of the speaker's topics will be -
    the aim should be for each ICPA 12 symposium to emphasise interrelations
    and resonance across topics. A small but sufficient number of
    well-designed, stimulating, and carefully considered symposia will make for
    an exciting and democratic conference! To this end, it is suggested that
    symposia organisers consider themes that might be hot topics in ecological
    psychology or conceptually challenging concepts in perception-action
    research in general, and thus create a symposium that will be of interest
    and wide appeal to all conference delegates. Theoretical issues should be
    emphasized and should be at the forefront of the Invited Symposia -
    empirical data and argument from the individual speakers can then
    contribute to clarifying the particular theoretical issue under examination.


    Submissions for oral presentation are invited from both the ecological and
    general scientific community (i.e., those not explicitly within the
    ecological psychology tradition). However, papers that do not address
    issues typically examined by ecological psychologists have less chance of
    being accepted. Typical topics can be viewed in the ICPA 12 website under
    "Previous Conferences." Also the International Society for Ecological
    Psychology (ISEP) website has links to relevant literature and related
    research centres which can give a flavour of what the ICPA conference is
    all about. Thus, although the Open Forums are explicitly designed to allow
    those individuals to present who have not been personally invited by the
    Invited Symposia organisers, still, the proposed topic must be relevant to
    the ecological psychology community - it is after all ICPA! If you have
    doubts, submit your proposed paper and the Scientific Committee will
    consider it.


    As with all previous ICPA, poster presentations are a central, highly
    anticipated, and extremely enjoyable aspect of the conference. Posters will
    be on display in two sessions and for two full days in each with a
    dedicated poster session at the conclusion of each day during refreshments.
    Posters will also be on display during coffee breaks thus affording
    continual viewing. Submissions to the poster session are welcomed and
    although they will not be as strictly reviewed as submissions to the
    time-critical oral presentations, as per usual, poster topics must be of
    relevance to ICPA delegates.


    More formal brochures describing both ICPA 12 and the satellite conference
    are available in pdf format. These are good for posting on doors and
    mailing to relevant departments and programs. Just request one or both of
    these in electronic form from either me (Paul Treffner) or Bill Mace at
    ISEP. These were not attached to this announcement because the files are
    too large for some people's computers and communications lines.


    Submission of proposed Invited Symposia topics and abstracts: November
    30th, 2002
    Submission of abstracts to Open Forums: November 30th, 2002
    Submission of proposed workshop: November 30th, 2002

    Submission of full papers for Poster Book: January 31st, 2003
    Submission of final revision of Poster Book papers: March 1st, 2003
    Submission of posters (not included in Poster Book): May 31st, 2003
    Early Registration Deadline: March 31st, 2003
    Satellite conference - Sensorimotor Coordination 2003: July 6th - 9th
    ICPA: July 13th - 18th, 2003
    Further details on paper preparation and format will appear on the ICPA 12
    website (also linked to the ISEP website):

    We look forward to receiving your submissions and your attendance at ICPA
    12. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Best wishes,

    Associate Professor Paul Treffner
    Centre for Active Visualisation
    School of Information Technology
    Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus
    PMB 50, Gold Coast Mail Centre
    QLD 9726, Australia
    tel. +61 7 5552 8215

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