In this article, we have compiled all the upcoming positive psychology conferences and included those we know about for 2022-2023.
If you’re interested in speaking or presenting at any of these, we have also included the official pages for each event.
These links will include the guidelines for submissions, symposia, schedules, and more information on the conferences themselves as they become available.
NOTE: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these conferences have been swapped to a virtual or blended format. However, be sure to follow the links and check these conferences’ availability and format before registering.
If you have no plans to present research or host a workshop, these positive psychology conferences are still very much worth attending. Whether it’s simply for a chance to interact with other therapists, coaches, or positive psychology enthusiasts, they are often global gatherings of professionals from a diversity of sectors.
Here is a brief overview of what you can expect from each of the conferences, and we will continue updating this page as more events are announced.
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International Conferences on Positive Psychology and Education
Date: June 23-24, 2022 (Oslo, Norway)
Location Oslo, Norway; Dubai, UAE
Format: In-person (Oslo); Virtual (Dubai)
Description: The International Conference on Positive Psychology and Education is held to unite leading academic experts, researchers, and research students. Over two days, speakers will be sharing their presentations and experiences on topics such as recent positive psychology innovations, trends, challenges, and solutions in the fields.
If you can’t make the Oslo particular event, consider attending the ICPEE virtual event that is being held in Dubai in November 2022. The deadline for paper submission at next year’s Oslo conference is June 15, 2022, and the 2023 conference itself will be held in Oslo between 24-25 July.
Click the link to view the ICPPE 2022 program.
International Conference on Positive Psychology and Wellbeing
Date: June 27-28, 2022 (London, UK), April 19-20, 2023 (Paris, France)
Price: $300-$500 for regular registration ($297 for students); $556 for deluxe package.
Description: This global event will include presentations on topics such as Disseminating Positive Psychology Resources Online, Psychometric Properties of Several New Positive Psychology Measures, and Mobile Application Interventions in Positive Psychology. Organized by the World Academy of Science, Engineering, and Technology, this event includes The program includes time for networking and peer-to-peer discussions.
Expect to meet fellow scientists, researchers, and students interested in topics such as meaning, strengths, values and spiritual accomplishments, employee happiness, and more.
Wellbeing At Work Virtual Summits 2021-2022
Date: September 20-22, 2022
Date: October 12-13, 2022
Date: October 25-26, 2022
Location: South Africa
Date: November 8-10, 2022
Date: February 21-23, 2023
Date: March 7-9, 2023
Date: May 23-25, 2023
Format: Live & virtual
Price: Varies with the venue; all prices are given in local currencies.
Description: Delivered by the organization, Future of Work Insights, these three-day virtual summits will provide advice, inspiration, and strategic direction from employers and academic experts around the globe. Typically, these events are attended by business leaders and HR practitioners.
The focus of each summit centers around strategies to design and implement workplace mental health programs that have the dual benefit of enhancing productivity and strengthening employee wellbeing.
Positive Schools 2022
Date: 26-28 October (Brisbane, QLD, 2022); 23-25 November (Fremantle, WA, 2021), November 2-4 (Melbourne, VIC, 2022), Nov 9-11 (Sydney, NSW, 2022)
Location: Brisbane, QLD; Fremantle, WA; Melbourne, VIC; Sydney, NSW
Price: $500 +GST (Early Bird Rate), and $550 +GST thereafter.
Description: Each event kicks off with a pre-conference workshop (check whether you need separate tickets) on Wellbeing In Action. Days 1 and 2 feature talks from psychologists and industry leaders on a range of issues, so attendees can expect to learn about supporting resilience, staff wellbeing, managing anxiety in the classroom, and more.
2021 Positive Business Conference: A Virtual Conference
Date: May 11-12, 2023
Format: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Description: Leaders, co-workers, and psychology experts will be able to take part in important conversations about how to build positive businesses this May at the University of Michigan’s biennial event.
The 2023 conference schedule has yet to be posted, but those interested in attending can view last year’s video archives for a taste of what’s to come. The Positive Business Conference typically features workshops and main stage sessions focused on themes like positive leadership, positive performance, human connection, corporate activism, innovation, and business sustainability.
Featured speakers from last year, including some notable industry names, can be found on the Speakers Page.
Visit the Positive Business Conference site.
World Happiness Summit 2023
Date: March 24-26, 2023
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Description: Next year’s WOHASU event will be about held on the International Day of Happiness for a global audience.
The three-day event explores the six elements of wellbeing: mindfulness, physical, community, purpose, financial, and social dimensions. With 35+ speakers and over 1000+ attendees expected, WOHASU is a great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, scholars, and practitioners.
You can visit the official site for more information as the event draws closer.
Employee Wellbeing Congress 2022
Description: The annual Employee Wellbeing Congress includes a packed agenda of keynotes, roundtables, industry specialist speaker sessions, case studies, and an exhibition.
This one-day event begins with an opening keynote on the future of work, closely followed by speeches on topics such as engagement, sustainability, culture, wellbeing strategies, and more.
Find out more on the official website.
Workplace Wellness Festival
Description: Over 100 speakers will be presenting at the fourth Workplace Wellness Festival, which includes a paid summit and free expo events.
The summit begins with an opening keynote on workplace wellness from All Blacks rugby legend Sir John Kirwan and continues to include fireside chats, roundtables, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. A few themes of the roundtable sessions include fitness in the workplace, mental health at work, and wellness solutions for the workforce.
You’ll hear case studies on wellness initiatives, learn strengths-based methodologies for organizational change, and be able to participate in discussions on important positive organizational issues like mental health, culture, and work/life balance.
You can learn more by visiting the conference website.
10th European Conference on Positive Psychology 2022
Date: June 29 – July 2, 2022
Location: Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland
Price: ISK 122,500 (On-site registration) and ISK 92,500 (Early registration)
Description: Registration is now open for the 10th ECPP, which will be held in Harpa, Reykjavik. With keynote speakers like Drs. Richard Davidson, Felicia Huppert, Richard Ryan, and many more. The theme of the 2022 conference is “Creating a world we want to live in.”
Over the three main days, expect to hear from some of the world’s leading experts on positive psychology and public health, workplace wellbeing, education and society, and the global economy. Likewise, the event will cover three positive psychology focal areas: applied research, theory and basic research, and practice.
Visit their website here.
Annual ISQOLS Conference
Date: August 3-6, 2022
Location: Vermont, USA
Price: $325 – $625. Learn about further concessions available on the website.
Description: Happiness, quality of life, and wellbeing will underpin discussions and events at this year’s International Society for Quality of Life Studies Conference, which will be the 18th annual event of its kind.
Quality of Life for Resilient Futures: Sustainability, Equity, and Wellbeing is the overarching theme. Attendees are invited to discuss and reflect on our collective learning about quality of life throughout the global pandemic while presenting evidence on how resilience can be cultivated at all scales.
This conference is open to researchers, students, professionals, practitioners, faculty, retirees, experts and novices with an interest in the sustainability, equity, and wellbeing impacts on quality of life.
Visit the ISQOLS Website.
International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) 8th World Congress on Positive Psychology
Date: July 20-23, 2023
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Format: In-person and virtual
Description: Organized by the IPPA, the 8th World Congress anniversary theme is still to be announced. However, its focus will be inclusive positive psychology – and footage from last year’s Congress is available online for an idea of this year’s agenda. Upward of 100 speakers are expected to attend, with post-congress workshops, a scientific poster gallery, and 1500+ global delegates
Check back in on the official website for the IPPA event for further updates.
Happiness@Work Live 8th Annual International Conference
Date: October 13, 2022
Format: Virtual (in an immersive 3D environment)
Price: 3300 CZK (+VAT)
Description: This conference attracts scholars and business leaders from around the world to explore the drivers of happiness at work. With past speakers such as leading happiness researcher Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky and Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center director Emiliana Thomas, this year’s event will once again be brought together in an immersive 3D environment.
Learn more at the official website for the Happiness@Work Live event.
The Flow Conference
Date: August 31-September 1, 2022
Location: Arundel, UK
Price: Free – $599
Description: This conference hopes to “bridge the science and practice of stressing less and being more.”
It includes specialist presentations, interactive workshops, and panel discussions featuring flow experts from various practices, aiming to help attendees develop their skills and knowledge of helping others find flow.
On Aging by the American Society on Aging (ASA)
Date: April 27-30, 2023
Location: Atlanta, USA
Price: Early Bird $425
Description: The theme of this year’s ASA On Aging conference is Advancing Health and Wellbeing, and the event is expected to attract hundreds of experts and exhibitors from around the United States.
Expect keynotes on positive aging, member-led workshops, networking sessions with your peers in the industry, and policy and advocacy programming.
You can stay up to date and learn more at ASA’s official website.
36th World Summit on Positive Psychology, Happiness, Mindfulness, and Wellness
Date: April 28-29, 2023
Location: Paris, France
Price: $149 – $1199 for Early Bird Registration (see the official World Summit website for different price packages)
Description: Abstracts can now be submitted for next year’s World Summit on Positive Psychology, Happiness, Mindfulness, and Wellness, which will focus on themes such as positive brain science, schooling, reasoning, and more.
You can learn more and register at the official conference website.
Annual Association for Play Therapy (APT) International Conference
Date: October 18-23, 2022
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Price: Varies for members and non-members. Register by September 20th to take advantage of discounted Early Bird rates.
Description: The APT is a national professional society established in 1982 to advance play therapy practice, instruction, supervision, and research. The annual conference serves as a valuable opportunity to connect with fellow play therapists, browse exhibits featuring play therapy tools, toys, and books, and learn about the latest findings in this space.
Highlights of this year’s event include over 70 planned educational workshops worth up to 40.5 hours of continuing education credits. Topics of talks include The Impact of Trauma on the Developing Child, Creating Spaces for Effective Child-Centered Play Therapy, and Play Therapy Foundations: Why, What, and How.
You can stay up to date and learn more at the APT’s official website.
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