Lausanne, 26 September - 1 October 2020



We are pleased to announce the IPA Annual Research Training Programme (RTP) for 2020.  The programme is focused on the research of attending participants, who will be designated as “RTP Fellows”.  Applying Fellows, whose applications are accepted, will be consulting with an International Faculty of IPA Visiting Professors in Psychoanalytic Research.  The next RTP programme will be held from Saturday 26 September at noon through to end of day on Thursday 1 October 2020 in Lausanne, Switzerland, hosted by at the University of Lausanne.

As in previous years, the aims of this successful training programme will be to provide attendees with opportunities for constructive consultation with regards to their ongoing or planned research projects.  Aims also include providing useful training in empirical and practically meaningful approaches to psychoanalytic research. Examples of areas of interest include psychotherapy, personality and psychopathology, social neuroscience, attachment and parenting, developmental processes, neuropsychology, psychoanalytic process and outcomes, as well as historical and conceptual research.  The RTP began in London in 1995, though it currently rotates among the three regions of the IPA and is in its 23rd year.  Faculty for the upcoming session will include:  GILLES AMBRESIN, JOHN CLARKIN, TAMARA FISCHMANN, ROGERIO LERNER, MARIANNE LEUZINGER-BOHLEBER, BRADLEY PETERSON and MARK SOLMS 

History of the Programme: The RTP originated as an eight-day annual IPA programme that began in 1995, and during many years it was hosted by Peter Fonagy and his staff at the Psychoanalysis Unit of University College London. Later the RTP was hosted by Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber and her staff at the Sigmund-Freud-Institut in Frankfurt.  Since 2015, responding to different regional requests, the annual RTP moves by rotation through other IPA regions.  Currently the programme is 5½ days in length, typically followed by a 2½ day Joseph Sandler Clinical and Research Conference, to which the RTP trainees are cordially invited to attend. The Fellows of the RTP will have the possibility to present their research projects at a Poster session and discuss them with the senior scientists speaking at the Conference. (Their assistance and poster presentation will be very welcome, though these activities are not obligatory.)

The Sandler Research Conference which follows the RTP will be hosted by the several psychoanalytic organisations in Switzerland the University of Lausanne.  will be held from noon on Friday 2 October to  lunchtime on Sunday 4 October. (Further information on the Sandler conference can be found on the IPA website.)

Each RTP is designed to have from 20-25 research projects submitted by an individual attendee or by groups of attendees and 6 faculty members will set forth their own research presentations. It is noteworthy that since 1995 there have been nearly 400 RTP attendees coming from 39 countries and 39 RTP psychoanalytic core faculty members from 16 countries. 

How the RTP works:  From the beginning of the RTP and continuing up to now, the idea has been that trainees attending the Research Training Programme be involved in a research project related to psychoanalysis, such that they can bring it to the RTP for consultation. The research can be at either at its beginning phase, or just an early design. As mentioned above, it may be an individual or group research plan-in-progress.  Consultations are tailored according to the needs of each individual phase of learning. Each trainee will have to put forward a 20-minute presentation of their initial advanced ideas on the project (preferably, using PowerPoint), which will be showed for consultation vis-à-vis all trainees and the faculty.  There will also be some detailed discussions in smaller groups.  The RTP curriculum will also include an introduction to current research methods, as well as particular applications exemplified by research programmes of Faculty members.

Constructive and critical reviews of projects will be offered such a way that these should help with grant-writing applications and fundraising, which if approved would facilitate additional opportunities for continuing psychoanalytic research.  It can also be anticipated that RTP participants will not only benefit from networking with consultants, but will also be invited to join a network known as the College of IPA Research Fellows within the IPA, thus having subsequent opportunities for active exchanges by e-mail, list servers and conferences. 

Further information on the RTP:  Further awareness of the vitality of discussions and additional information on the RTP’s background and philosophy can be found in an earlier paper published as a Guest Editorial in the International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, (1997, Volume 78, 643-651) by Emde, R. N., & Fonagy, P. and titled, "An Emerging Culture for Psychoanalytic Research?" also available on PEP-WEB.

The RTP is free, and we plan to provide participants with suggestions for relatively inexpensive accommodation options close to the site of the RTP sessions and the venue of the Sandler Conference.

Applications: By email to Paula Barkay: [email protected]; the deadline is 30 June 2020.

Applications should include:
- Application (maximum of 6 pages long)
- Brief CV
- Details of the current research interest and the project proposal.
- Summary of proposed project