The 31st conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR) took place in Galway, Ireland, from 4 to 6 August, 2010. The conference was hosted by the Centre for Research on Occupational and Life Stress (CROLS) at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

With its focus on processes relating to stress, anxiety, depression, coping, mental health, ergonomics, psychosomatics, therapeutics, education, and psychophysiology, STAR 2010 provided a unique opportunity for behavioral, social, and health scientists from right across the world.

The Annual Conference of STAR (the Stress and Anxiety Research Society) is one of the most prestigious world conferences focusing on research into stress, anxiety, and related phenomena. The themes of the conference related to a wide range of conceptual and applied topics of both perennial and contemporary significance. As well as a strong emphasis on applied and experimental research in the psychology of stress and anxiety, STAR conferences also focus on social, political, and policy-related aspects of major world events, such as terrorism, global warming, and the worldwide economic recession. STAR 2010 also incorporated a sequence of cutting-edge keynote addresses from leading figures in world psychology, as well as pre-conference workshops, exhibitions, and social activities.

Across its 30 year history, the conference has traversed the globe, being held in Europe, Australia, Africa, and North America. STAR 2010 marked the first visit of the conference to Ireland.

The National University of Ireland, Galway, is one of the leading universities in Ireland. Established in 1845, it has achieved an international reputation for its research and scholarship in science, medicine, social sciences, and the humanities. Its Centre for Research on Occupational and Life Stress (CROLS) is an integrated, interdisciplinary research consortium comprising collaborators from across the behavioural and social sciences, medicine and health sciences, business, public policy, and law.

Galway City was founded in the 13th century as a medieval settlement on the eastern bank of the River Corrib, at the westerly Atlantic coast of Ireland. Today the city is a vibrant, bustling centre of the arts and commerce, though it still retains a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Galway is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The city, with its medieval streets, waterways, extensive range of shopping facilities, wealth of music sessions and other cultural events, is a place to be treasured.

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