Jens Förster, professor of Social Psychology at UvA, received the Kurt Lewin Award from the European Association of Social Psychology at this year’s conference in Stockholm.
Jens Förster, professor of Social Psychology at UvA, received the Kurt Lewin Award from the European Association of Social Psychology at this year’s conference in Stockholm. He was awarded for his provocative and pioneering research in the domains of self regulation, creativity, novelty, embodiment and social cognition.
The award is given every three years to three outstanding researchers who finished their PhD 10- 25 years ago and is considered the most important mid-career award in this discipline in Europe. The other two awards were given to Constantine Sedikides and Russel Spears (both UK).
This is one in a series of recent awards given to Jens Förster. Last year, he received the Charlotte-and-Karl-Bühler-Award (mid-career award across subdisciplines) from the German Society of Psychology.
Named for the late Kurt Lewin, a pioneer in the science of group dynamics and a founder of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), this award is presented annually for 'outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action.'
The award recipient presents a distinguished address each year as part of SPSSI's program at the Annual APA Convention or at SPSSI's biennial conventions.
Jens Förster attended Trier University where he obtained a Diploma in Psychology (1992) and his Doctor of Science(1994). His advisor was Fritz Strack. He also studied German Literature , Linguistic Data Processing , and Philosophy in Trier , and Opera and Performing Arts in Saarbrücken and received his 'Vordiploma' (≈ BA) in 1991 and 1994. 1996-1998 he spent two years at Columbia University , New York , as a post doc where his advisor was Tory E. Higgins. He also taught at the Newschool for Social Research , New York . In 2000 , he received his habilitation at Würzburg University . Before moving to Amsterdam , he held positions at the Universities of Trier , Würzburg , and Duisburg and at Jacobs University , formerly known as International University Bremen.
He is author or co author of more than one hundred book chapters or articles on topics including embodiment , metacognition , stereotypes , social judgments , mood , and self regulation. He serves or has served on a variety of boards of leading journals in social psychology , such as British Journal of Social Psychology , European Journal of Social Psychology , European Review of Social Psychology , Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Sections 1 and 2) , Social Cognition , Social Psychology , and Self and Identity.