World Congress On Positive Psychology

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Congress Program

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The Third World Congress on Positive Psychology is the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in learning about the "thriving science" and how it is changing the lives of individuals, communities, and institutions around the globe. Presentations, workshops, and poster sessions will feature leading-edge research, as well as applications of positive psychology in a variety of fields – from business to education to medicine. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the latest research, insights, and ideas, and interact with other people who focus on studying what is best in life and how to create more of it. The internationally diverse audience will consist of researchers, clinicians, educators, students, business owners, coaches, consultants – anyone committed to the science and practice of positive psychology.

We hope you will join us in Los Angeles, California, from June 27th to 30th for the largest gathering of the positive psychology community in the world.  Please read below and explore this website to learn more about this year's event.


The Third World Congress on Positive Psychology is excited to offer four full days of programming, featuring experts from around the globe on the research and practice of positive psychology.

While talks and discussions will cover topics ranging the full breadth of positive psychology research areas, the Third World Congress will feature a particular emphasis on these five themes:

  • Positive Development across the Lifespan
  • Positive Environments, Sustainability, and Conservation
  • The Healthy Body and the Healthy Mind
  • Work and Well-Being
  • Creativity and Evolution
Featured speakers include Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Richard Davidson, Barbara Fredrickson, Martin Seligman, and many others.


On Thursday, June 27th, we will be offering three types of workshops to help researchers and practitioners expand their skills and knowledge base:
  • Master Lecture Series, featuring leading scholars discussing their research
  • Research Methods Workshops, offering students and faculty the opportunity to learn advanced research techniques relevant to positive psychological science
  • Applied Practice Workshops, featuring best practices for applying positive psychology in a range of disciplines

Registration Fees

Main Congress
Registration for the Congress includes access to all presentations, as well as the poster and exhibit hall.  Early registration is open until March 31st at the following discounted rates:
  • Professional: $640*
  • Student: $275
* Additional discounts of up to $100 are available for IPPA Members and Associates.  After March 31st, regular rates of $740 (Professional) and $320 (Student) will apply.
Pre-Congress Workshops (Each)
  • Master Lectures: $75 (Professional) or $35 (Student)
  • Research or Practice Workshops: $150 (Professional) or $75 (Student)
Guest registration and tickets to our special Saturday "Evening Under the Stars" event are also available.


The Third World Congress on Positive Psychology will be held in downtown Los Angeles, California, at the iconic Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites.  Frequently featured in films and within walking distance of notable sites like the Staples Center and Nokia Theatre, the Westin Bonaventure is centrally located and offers a large and versatile meeting space.
Significantly discounted rates are available for World Congress attendees if you reserve by June 6th.
Westin Bonaventure


The Third World Congress on Positive Psychology Exhibit Hall will feature educational and informational booths from a broad range of schools, universities, companies, publishers, and organizations with programs in positive psychology.
Confirmed exhibitors include:
Bridges to Recovery
Case Western Reserve University
Claremont Graduate University
Hogrefe Publishing
Life Business Consultancy
University of Pennsylvania
New Ventures West
Oxford University Press
Points of You
Smart Strengths
VIA Institute
Yord Inc.