The 16th European Congress of Psychology will be held on the Moscow State University (MSU) grounds in July 2019. The choice of venue is of historic significance: the world renowned MSU looms large in the history of Russian psychology as the birthplace of the Russian Psychological Society back in 1885. Besides its proper function as a knowledge transfer platform, the congress is intended as a way of introducing foreign guests to Russia as a unique multinational and multicultural space at the dedicated "Peoples of Russia" fair.
Aleksander Veraksa, director of the Russian Psychological Society said: "The Russian school remains one of the staples of world psychology, our scientists are among the most widely quoted authors on the subject. Of course, the help from the city authorities was invaluable. At every stage of the process we were supported by the Moscow Government and the Moscow Convention Bureau, which helped us meet all the requirements to the academic hosts and the host city."
Tatiana Anisimova, CEO of the Moscow Convention Bureau, added: "Over the past twenty years Moscow has gained a reputation as a luxurious and sophisticated place. Now the drastic shift in the rouble exchange rate has really brought the prices down for international meeting planners. The reputation remains, but now the luxury can be had at less than half the usual cost."
Moscow is also set to host the 2018 Young Presidents' Organization Conference (YPO) for the first time. The event will bring together over 400 international company heads and takes place from 4-5 May, 2018. Attracting the YPO Conference to Moscow was a joint effort between the Moscow Convention bureau and PCO Meetings & Incentives Worldwide.
Anisimova said that being selected to host the Young Presidents' Organization Conference is a clear indication that the international community sees the immense business opportunities that our Moscow has to offer.
Founded in 1950, the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) is a global network of young chief executives with approximately 24,000 members in more than 130 countries.
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