Saúl de Jesus
(Chair of the Organizing Committee)

Welcome to Faro, for the 44th STAR conference!

The Stress, Trauma, Anxiety, and Resilience Society (STAR Society) was formed in 1980, being one of the oldest international scientific societies in the field of Psychology.

The history of this society is an indicator of its importance and quality, so it is with great honor and a sense of responsibility that we will organize the next STAR conference.

STAR conferences provide a unique opportunity to learn about the latest research and intervention practices on Stress, Trauma, Anxiety, and Resilience, very current topics in Psychology and in other scientific domains that have an interdisciplinary relationship with psychological science.

At STAR conferences there are participants from many countries, allowing for a multicultural environment and the creation of research networks with colleagues from all over the world. In addition, STAR conferences are very collegial and personable, and provide plenty of opportunities for discussions, exchanges of ideas, and professional and interpersonal networking. Every year STAR conferences attract many of the most world-renowned researchers in the field of anxiety, stress, and coping. The conference in Faro will not be an exception.

Faro is the city where the University of the Algarve is located, being the capital of the Algarve, with a high cultural dynamic, having an international airport, a beautiful beach and a good offer of restaurants and leisure spaces.

Algarve is one of the most famous touristic regions in the south of Europe, with an excellent weather, security, and many touristic attractions. Beyond the scientific and social programs of this conference, we recommend that you to take advantage, as far as possible, of your stay in Faro and Algarve, to enjoy this beautiful region.

The University of Algarve is one of the Portuguese universities with the highest internationalization rates and has a lot of experience in organizing congresses.

10 years ago, in 2013, we organized the 34th STAR Conference in Faro. Those who attended this conference remember this as a good experience. We hope to be able to provide again an excellent social and scientific experience to all participants.

After a period of pandemic, resulting from Covid-19, in which it was not possible to hold congresses in person, we will hold the 44th STAR Conference in a hybrid format, with participation being able to take place in person or remotely.

Bearing in mind the importance of peace today, we decided that the theme of the 34th congress would be “Peace with yourself and others, for a less stressful and more resilient world!”.

We believe that the conditions are in place for all participants to spend some excellent days in Faro or, if that is not possible, to participate remotely, and that this Congress will be remembered as a good experience, contributing to increase cooperation between colleagues from several countries, in the areas of Stress, Trauma, Anxiety, and Resilience.

We hope you will join us at the 44th STAR conference.

Until July 2023!