20th Scientific GTA Convention, 2017

The international Society for Gestalt Theory and its Applications
will hold its
20th international Gestalt Theory Convention
in April 27-29, 2017
in Vienna, Austria

Vienna Stephans Cathedral

Individual and Group
Dynamic interdependency within social situations


The theme of the conference focuses on the broad research and application of Gestalt theory in all sorts of social fields. Based on an idea of man that prioritises the social relatedness of the individual and explicitly includes epistemological and ethical aspects, and in particular in the face of new social challenges, the conference will feature research results and current action plans in such fields as education, psychology and psychotherapy, the social sciences, cultural studies etc.

Traditionally the conference also provides a forum for discussing other current topics from the various different fields of research within Gestalt theory.

Call for papers: The deadline for the submission of abstracts has been 30th September 2016, and decisions regarding accepted papers will be conveyed on 10th January 2017 latest.

The languages of the conference will be English and German.

Conference registration: gta2017@gestalttheory.net

If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Committee for assistance.

Registration and payment for participation:

Please send your registration via email to the Conference Committee gta2017@gestalttheory.net and remit the conference fee to the following GTA bank account:

Spar- und Kreditbank Gemuenden, Konto-Nr.: 826413, BLZ: 52069029

IBAN: DE83 5206 9029 0000 8264 13, BIC: GENODEF1GMD

Payment reference: Conference 2017

Conference fee:

180 € (until 15th February 2017), 220 € (until 30th March 2017), then 250 €.

Conference fee for GTA-members: 150 € (until 15th February 2017), 190 € (until 30th March 2017), then 220 €. [click here for application for membership]

There might be a reduced fee upon request: 80 € (until 15th February 2017).

Students do not have to pay the conference fee, but have to register (proof of your student status requested).

Upon receipt of your registration and conference fee we send you an acknowledgement including a list of hotels nearby the meeting place with a limitated contingent of rooms with special conditions for the conference participants.

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The 19th international Scientific Gestalt Theory Convention of the GTA has been organized in May 21-23, 2015 in Parma (Italy)

Body, Mind, Expression

Gestalt theory is known for its holistic and context-related perspective.  The interactions between body, mind and expression provide concise examples and will be the focus of this conference.

The conference has been organized by the international Society for Gestalt Theory and its Applications (GTA) in cooperation with


The conference featured plenary lectures, workshops and poster sessions amongst others. Graduates were invited to shortly present their work in a special forum „Gestalt in progress“ (grants were available). For all participants interested an accompanying open discussion forum „sharing the conference“ has been organized.  The languages of the conference were English and German.

Conference Program
Please click here for the preliiminary program (version of 12-04-2015)


Conference fee was:

230 € (for GTA-members: 200 €) 

Students did not have to pay the conference fee but were asked to register.

Program Committee:Fiorenza Toccafondi (Parma; president of the committee); Tiziano Agostini (Trieste), Anna Arfelli Galli (Macerata), Ivana Bianchi (Macerata), Silvia Bonacchi (Warschau), Jagna Brudzinska (Köln), Nicola Bruno (Parma), Serena Cattaruzza (Trieste), Beatrice Centi (Parma), Herbert Fitzek (Berlin), Thomas Fuchs (Bonn), Giuseppe Galli (Macerata), Walter Gerbino (Trieste), Thomas Heill-Zusanek (Wien), Riccardo Luccio (Trieste), Hellmuth Metz-Goeckel (Dortmund), Marianne Soff (Karlsruhe), Gerhard Stemberger (Berlin-Wien), Elena Trombini (Bologna), Rosamaria Valdevit (München), Giorgio Vallortigara (Trento).


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