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Warm welcome and foreword by the president of CPA

Esteemed colleagues, dear friends,
welcome to the 27th annual conference of Croatian psychologists centered around the topic of – Psychology and the Digital World, which will take place from 6 – 9 November 2019 in Osijek.

The central topic of this year's conference presents us with a series of very important questions which have kept the interest of those who work in the field of psychology in all areas, in research as well as in practice, just like it took over our everyday lives. It is undeniable that the use of digital technologies offers countless possibilities for the psychosocial development of each individual: from finding information, communication, fun to acquiring digital literacy skills essential for life in the 21st century. However, the results of a number of research indicate that people, especially younger people, aside from positive experiences, also experience various negative ones online. Even though there are results which indicate a correlation of positive and negative experiences online, most of them stress the negative aspects of Internet use – from various forms of risky behaviors to a phenomenon we can call digital violence. At this year's conference, we will try to discuss how to find our way around and how to face all these challenges during various ages.

Along with the main topic of the conference, as in all of our yearly conferences, all of the other topics related to various areas of psychological practices through lectures, symposiums, workshops, round tables, forums are welcome. Given that the annual conference is a unique and best place to increase your visibility in all aspects, we invite authors and publishers to present the latest books, instruments for psychological measurements and other works worthy of public presentation.

After the last year's warm-up, participation of students of psychology from all Croatian universities will also have an important role at this year's conference. Considering the excellent results of the work and activity of the student section of CPA – Psihomnia, we will try to ensure optimal work conditions for active and quality participation of our young colleagues at this year's conference by organizing Student Day where, through participating in activities throughout the entire day along with their senior colleagues, our young colleagues would create their own programs, presentations, studies and meetings. Of course, our retired colleagues are always welcome to participate, their participation has become traditional and of upmost value. As always, representatives of related fields are also welcome at the conference, and we are convinced that their participation will enrichen the program of this year's conference. The co-organizers of this year's conference and our hosts are Croatian Psychologists Association Osijek, joined by the ever-creative Association of Psychologists of Virovitica-Podravina County. Preparations and presented ideas, whether they are about the working or social sector of our largest and ever-special conference of psychologists guarantee another excellent yearly conference. This time at a special location, in eastern Croatia, in the beautiful Osijek-Baranja County, we invite you to enjoy and discover this valuable portion of our homeland, participate in yet another unique assembly of psychologists – the 27th Conference of Croatian Psychologists with international participation.

Josip Lopižić
the president of CPA
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Organizer - Croatian Psychological Association
Co-organizers -  Croatian Psychological Chamber | Društvo psihologa Varaždin
Društvo psihologa Primorsko-goranske županije | Društvo Krapinsko – zagorske županije
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