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Fourth World Congress Program

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  • Thursday, June 25
    9:00 AM – 4:45 PM Pre-Congress Sessions*
    6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Opening Plenary Session
    8:00 PM – 9:30 PM Reception

  • Friday, June 26
    7:00 AM  – 8:00 AM Coffee in Exhibit Hall
    8:00 AM  – 6:15 PM Programming
    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
    2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Poster Session I
    4:45 PM – 5:15 PM Awards Ceremony
  • Saturday, June 27
    7:00 AM  – 8:00 AM Coffee in Exhibit Hall
    8:00 AM  – 5:45 PM Programming
    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
    2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Poster Session II
    7:30 PM – 10:00 PM Optional Activities: Movie Screening or IPPA Rocks the World: Saturday Night Celebration with Soaringwords and Zumba ® 
  • Sunday, June 28
    7:00 AM  – 8:00 AM Coffee in Exhibit Hall
    8:00 AM  – 2:30 PM Programming
* Separate registration is required.

Welcome and Opening Plenary Session

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm*
Thursday, June 25th

Positive Psychology: The Cutting Edge in Research and Teaching

with Martin Seligman, Ph.D.


Change that Lasts

with Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D.

*Reception to follow

This event, along with a catered reception to follow, is included in the cost of a full Congress Registration. Individual tickets may be purchased through the online registration process by choosing the “Thursday Welcome Reception and Keynote Lecture Only -Cateredoption, or by downloading, printing and returning this registration form.

Martin Seligman

Martin Seligman

Martin E.P. Seligman is the Zellerbach Family professor of psychology and director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he focuses on positive psychology, learned helplessness, depression, ethno-political conflict, and optimism. He is a best-selling author of several books including, most recently, Flourish. He received the American Psychological Society’s William James Fellow Award for basic science and Cattell Award for the application of science, and two Distinguished Scientific Contribution awards from the American Psychological Association. In 1996, Seligman was elected president of the American Psychological Association by the largest vote in modern history. His current mission is the attempt to transform social science to work on the best things in life—virtue, positive emotion, good relationships, and positive institutions—and not just on healing pathology.

Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar

Bio: Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer.  He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership.  Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations.  The topics he lectures on include leadership, happiness, education, innovation, ethics, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and have appeared on the best-sellers list around the world. Tal is a serial entrepreneur, and is the co-founder and chief learning officer ofThe Wholebeing InstitutePotentialifeMaytiv, and Happier.TV. An avid sportsman, Tal won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships.  Today, for exercise, he swims, dances, and practices Yoga.  He obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.