Welcome to MPK2021

We are pleased to invite you to the 50th Motivational Psychology Colloquium (MPK), which takes place from 28-30th October 2021 at the University of Zurich.

The conference will be hosted by the Chair of Motivation, Volition, and Emotion (Prof. Dr. Veronika Brandstätter & Dr. Katharina Bernecker), with parts of the program being organized and sponsored by the Institut für Selbstmanagement und Motivation Zürich (ISMZ GmbH, Prof. Dr. Maja Storch & Dr. Julia Weber). Further, we are happy to announce that this year`s keynote will be delivered by Prof. Dr. Alexandra Freund, Chair of Developmental Psychology: Adulthood, University of Zurich.


Live or Online

We still hope and plan for a live conference in Zurich. However, if the situation around the COVID pandemic does not allow us to welcome you in person, the MPK2021 will take place online on the same dates.


Present Your Work

As in past years, the MPK is dedicated to research and theorizing on the topic of motivation and will feature talks, posters, as well as data-blitz presentations.

Abstract submission is NOW OPEN until June 18. Submit your work here

As this year's MPK includes researchers from non-German-speaking countries and parts of Switzerland, all correspondence will be held in English and we kindly ask attendees to present their research in English.

Of course, you are also welcome to attend without presenting. You can register without presentation here

As usual, there will be no registration fees.



Further, we recommend booking hotels early to avoid increasing accommodation prices. Please find information about hotel and accommodation including special offers here.


Social Program

You definitely should not miss our Thursday Night Apéro & Dinner, which is organized and sponsored by ISMZ GmbH. Further, we will enjoy a special setting for this year's Friday Night Dinner with a ferry ride on Lake Zurich to get to our destination. You can find more information about both social events here.



If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email to mpk2021@psychologie.uzh.ch.


We are looking forward to welcoming you in Zurich!