Although the official history of the EAPP started in 1984, it was preceded by the organization of the European Conference on Personality, held in Tilburg (NL), May 17-19, 1982.

The idea for this conference came from Han Bonarius (University of Utrecht, NL), who participated in the organizing committee for the conference together with Guus Van Heck (University of Tilburg, NL; chair of the conference) and Nico Smid (University of Groningen, NL). The conference was hosted by Guus van Heck and Joop Hettema of the Tilburg University.

This Tilburg conference was soon adopted as the first European Conference on Personality. During that conference it was agreed that a European Association of Personality Psychology (EAPP) should be founded during the second European Conference on Personality.


Subsequently, the EAPP was founded in Bielefeld on May 19, 1984 during a plenary session, where the first Executive Committee was elected, and where all the attendants could register as founding members. The EAPP was notarially established in Groningen (NL), on September 6, 1984.

Bottom-up initiatives

In the years surrounding the foundation of EAPP, numerous bottom-up activities were undertaken by EAPP members and other EAPP-affiliated researchers. Similar activities were later adopted and facilitated by EAPP (e.g., the present-day expert meetings). In the following, some important initiatives are listed.

Crosscultural research on temperamentEAPP Workshop1991, September 7-12Nieborów, Poland
The Development of the Structure of Temperament and Personality from Infancy to AdulthoodMeeting1991, June 17-20Wassenaar, The Netherlands
Personality LanguageInvited Workshop1989, June 26-30Groningen, The Netherlands
The Diagnosis of TemperamentInterdisciplinary Workshop1987, September 7-12University of Bielefeld, Germany
Personality QuestionnairesSymposium1982, JuneUniversity of Bielefeld, Germany