In this article, we have compiled all the upcoming positive psychology conferences and included those we know about for 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 22-23, 2023 (Oslo, Norway); June 15-16 (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Location: Oslo, Norway; Dubai, UAE; Ljubljana, Slovenia
Format: In-person (Dubai); Virtual (Ljubljana, Oslo)
Price: €250 to €450 (Early Registration); €300 to €500
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 share their presentations and experiences on recent positive psychology innovations, trends, challenges, and solutions in the fields.
If you can’t make the in-person Dubai event, consider attending the ICPEE virtual events that are being held in Slovenia and Norway in June 2023. The deadline for final paper submission at next year’s Dubai conference is October 07, 2023.
Click the link to learn more about the upcoming ICPPE events.
International Conference on Positive Psychology and Wellbeing
Date: Multiple dates
Location: Multiple locations
Format: In-person and virtual
Price: €250-€450 (Early Bird); €300-€500 (Early Bird)
Description: This global event will include presentations on topics such as Education Innovation and Positive Psychology, Positive Development across the Lifespan, Positive Interventions, and Quality of Life and Well-being. Organized by the World Academy of Science, Engineering, and Technology, this event 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.
Visit the conference website.
Wellbeing At Work Virtual Summits 2023-2024
Date: February 21-23, 2023
Location: Middle East
Date: March 7-9, 2023
Date: April 25-27, 2023
Date: May 23-25, 2023
Date: September 19-21, 2023
Date: September 26-28, 2023
Date: October 24-26, 2023
Location: South Africa
Date: November 7-9, 2023
Date: February 21-23, 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 2023
Description: This online event covers topics such as Risk and Resilience, The Role of Identity in Wellbeing, and Trauma Informed Care for Young People in Schools.
It features talks from psychologists and industry leaders on a range of issues related to positive education and comes with six weeks of access to conference replays, as well as twelve full months of access to over 100 additional presentations through Positive Schools Online.
2023 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
Description: Next year’s WOHASU event will be 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.
REBA Wellbeing Congress 2023
Description: The annual REBA Congress includes a packed agenda of keynotes, roundtables, industry specialist speaker sessions, case studies, and an exhibition.
This one-day event covers various topics related to employee wellbeing, including the future of work, financial wellbeing strategies, the strategic use of wellbeing data, and more.
Find out more on the official website.
Workplace Wellness Festival
Description: Over 100 speakers will be presenting at this Workplace Wellness Festival, which includes a paid summit and free expo events.
The summit has six main themes: Mental Wellbeing, Employee Engagement, Culture, Meaning & Purpose, Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership, Physical Wellbeing, Health & Safety, Workplace Experience, and Financial Wellbeing.
The official program has yet to be released but will include over 20 roundtables at which attendees can discuss and debate various topics related to workplace wellness.
You can learn more by visiting the conference website.
Annual ISQOLS Conference
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 21st annual event of its kind.
Towards a People-First Economy: A World to Win is the overarching theme. Attendees are invited to discuss and reflect on our collective learning about creating a society that prioritizes the interests and benefits of all stakeholders, including employees, customers, and communities.
This conference is open to researchers, students, professionals, practitioners, faculty, retirees, experts, and novices with an interest in how economic, corporate, and societal factors can have an impact on quality of life.
Visit the ISQOLS Website.
International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) 8th World Congress on Positive Psychology
Description: Organized by the IPPA, the 8th World Congress anniversary theme may as well be about getting back together, after being unable to hold the event for the last few years. Upward of 100 speakers are expected to attend, with post-congress workshops, a scientific poster gallery, and 1500+ global delegates.
Check the official website for further updates regarding the IPPA event.
Happiness@Work Live 8th Annual International Conference
Date: October 19, 2023
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Price: 3,300 CZK + VAT (Ultra Early Bird)
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, the theme for this year’s event will be Sustainable Company Culture.
Learn more at the official website for the Happiness@Work Live event.
The Flow Conference
Description: While the agenda for this annual conference has not yet been released, last year’s Flow conference was a successful event focused on “bridging the science and practice of stressing less and being more.”
Based on the 2022 program, participants can expect 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.
To stay updated about the event, visit The Flow Conference website.
On Aging by the American Society on Aging (ASA)
Date: March 27-30, 2023
Location: Atlanta, USA
Price: $495 (Presenter Rate); $595 (Standard Rate);
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 10-15, 2023
Location: Palm Springs, California
Price: Varies for members and non-members. Registration details will be made available in May 2023.
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.
The program for this year’s event is due to be announced in May, but highlights of last year’s event included over 70 planned educational workshops worth up to 40.5 hours of continuing education credits. Topics of talks included 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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