This IARR mini conference is focused around the theme of relationship science in applied settings, both broadly defined. Relationship science includes any aspect of the study of close relationships, friendships, dyads including leaders, colleagues or teams, social networks or group processes. Applied settings include the workplace, therapy, classrooms, healthcare, parenting, family gatherings, online dating/communication, forensic settings, sports, ageing and romantic relationship functioning or dissolution.

Like IARR, the theme of the conference is broad and interdisciplinary, calling on scholars and consultants from a variety of disciplines, such as business, clinical and medical work, communications, developmental studies, education, family studies, psychology and sociology. We hope that the theme of the conference will bring about a discussion of important relationship issues and improving relationships based on research conducted in both traditional and nontraditional laboratory settings, and so provide a good opportunity for academics and nonacademics to meet and discuss similar interests. We also welcome submissions that focus on relationship science that does not have direct or immediate application, as such work forms a fundamental grounding for informing future applications.

There will also be workshops designed to help academics to connect to applied work or learn how to present findings or deliver teaching to an applied audience.

Close Relationships

Dyads including leaders



Social networks

Group processes




Registration will be open from February/March 2019. All IARR members and everyone who submits an abstract for the conference will be notified when registration is open. Spaces are limited to 150 attendees and so we may need to operate a waiting list if these are filled before the conference.

Registration fees will be similar to previous IARR mini-conferences and will be reduced for PhD/graduate students and for IARR members.


The conference is planned to run from Thursday 18 July, 13:00, to Sunday 21 July, 13:00.


The programme will include a range of oral presentations, symposia, blitz presentations (5 min each), and posters across the four days.


Posters will be displayed in the Terrace Room during the opening reception and lunches. This should allow people to see all the posters in each session and chat to the presenters in a relaxed environment. The posters will be displayed on a poster board measuring, 64cm (25 inches) wide and 90cm (35 inches) long. Please set up your poster at the start of the day that you are meant to present.



The conference registration fee includes drinks reception on Thursday, lunches and refreshment breaks on Friday and Saturday. There will be ample opportunities to network with other delegates in the shared meeting spaces in the conference centre.

Two events are optional and tickets can be bought during or after registration: a tour of a local vineyard and winery on Friday, and the Conference Dinner (with DJ and dancing) on Saturday evening.