First International Scientific Conference on High Sensitivity or Sensory Processing Sensitivity: Evidence and proof of concept


May, 12th 2015, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium


09.30 Registration

10.00 Introduction scientific program by prof. dr. Elke Van Hoof

10u15 Sensory Processing Sensitivity: The State of the model by Elaine and Art Aron (State University of New York, USA)

12.00 Q&A moderator: Jerko Bozikovic

12.30 Lunch

13.30 The Highly Sensitive Person Scale Revisited: Construct and Criterion validity in a Sample of Adolescents and Young Adults by prof. dr. Patricia Bijttebier (KULeuven, Belgium)

10 minutes Q&A moderator: Jerko Bozikovic

14.15 Similarities and differences in measuring overexcitabilities and sensory processing sensitivity by prof. dr. Wim Van den Broeck and prof. dr. Elke Van Hoof (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)

10 minutes Q&A moderator: Jerko Bozikovic

14u45 Sensory-Processing Sensitivity in Children: The High Sensitive Child Questionnaire by prof. dr. Michael Pluess (University of London, UK)

10 minutes Q&A moderator: Jerko Bozikovic

15.15 Break

15.45 Profiling the Highly sensitive person; characteristics of sensory-processing sensitivity in adulthood by prof. dr. Elke Van Hoof (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)

10 minutes Q&A moderator: Jerko Bozikovic

16.30 Paneldiscussion High sensitivity: a struggle for survival?

moderator Jerko Bozikovic

What are the advantages and disadvantages for Highly Sensitive Persons?
Do persons with HSP need special care and support in their career?
What can we learn from successful people with HSP?

Members of the panel:

Prof. dr. Dirk Devroey (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, general practitioner)
Dr. Katrijn Houbracken (Medical Director, Pfizer)
Prof. dr. Roland Pepermans (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, labour and organizational psychology)
Prof. dr. Elke Van Hoof (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, expert stress, burn-out and adaptation)
prof. dr. Michael Pluess (University of London, UK)

17.00 Closing remarks

Accreditation was requested “Ethics and Economy” (14026931)


  • Registration fee 12 May: €150
  • Registration fee Wednesday 13 May: €100
  • Registration fee both days together: €225

After your registration you will receive an invoice of the invoicing services of the university. Your registration is only final after payment of the invoice. Registration was open until April 17th 2015.

Cancellation is possible until April 13th 2015; an administrative cost of €25 will be deducted. After April 13th, there will be no reimbursements

The conference is organized by prof. dr. Elke Van Hoof of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The VUB is a non-profit organisation. All earnings of the conference are used to ensure quality, interdisciplinarity and diversity. Registration costs are set as low as possible to ensure everybody to participate. Volunteers will help out during the conference. The goal of the conference is not to make profit but to break-even.


The conference will take place in aula QA on de campus Etterbeek of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium. 

Registration and breaks are organised in the room “Nelson Mandela”.

How to reach the Vrije Universiteit Brussel by car or public transport.

A list of hotels and Bed & Breakfasts nearby.

The nearest airport is “Brussels Airport”.

ATTENTION: We will not accommodate allergies or other needs. Animals are not allowed on the premises except for guide dogs.