Palais des congrès de Montréal
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Montréal, QC H2Z 1H5, Canada
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Message from Congress Chair
The 5th World Congress promises to be the premier event to build collaborations and share progress in the science of positive psychology and its evidence-based practice. I’m especially looking forward to our new Founder’s Symposia and our distinguished Plenary speakers, each of whom is advancing the leading edge of science. Plus, we’ll have countless opportunities to connect, grow, and find meaning.
I look forward to seeing you in Montréal!
New for the Fifth World Congress is a Presidential Symposium along with a series of Founders’ Symposia curated by the most eminent scholars in our field – Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, David Cooperrider, and Barbara Fredrickson. Each influential researcher shares the big stage with a hand-picked set of early-career scientists whose voices and work they feel should be known by all. Don’t miss the chance to witness the future of our field unfold!
Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.
Positive emotions produce nonconscious and increasing motives for wellness behaviors
Barb’s scientific work has influenced scholars and practitioners worldwide, in disciplines ranging from education and business to healthcare, the military, and beyond. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, NPR, PBS, The Atlantic, The Economist, Oprah Magazine and elsewhere. She has been invited to present her research at the White House and for the Dalai Lama and she is the current President of the International Positive Psychology Association.
Martin Seligman, Ph.D.
Positive Psychology: Past, Present, Future
A personal walk through the history of the discipline.
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, and optimism. He is a best-selling author of several books, including 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 – strengths, positive emotion, good relationships, meaning, and human flourishing.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D.
Towards a Planetary Consciousness
David Cooperrider, Ph.D.
Appreciative Inquiry and the Macro Promise of Positive Psychology
David is best known for his original theoretical articulation of “AI” or Appreciative Inquiry with his mentor Suresh Srivastva. He has published 25 books and authored over 100 articles and book chapters. David has also served as advisor to prominent leaders in business and society, including projects with five Presidents and/or Nobel Laureates such as William Jefferson Clinton, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, and Jimmy Carter. David advises a wide variety of corporations including Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Hunter Douglas, Cleveland Clinic, National Grid, as well as the U.S. Navy and United Nations. Jane Nelson, at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Leadership recently wrote, “David Cooperrider is one of the outstanding scholar-practitioners of our generation.” www.DavidCooperrider.com
Lahnna Catalino, Ph.D.
Elise Rice, Ph.D.
Do positive spontaneous thoughts function as incentive salience?
Patty Van Cappellen, Ph.D.
Spirituality as a path from and toward positivity
She is an experimental social psychologist investigating such questions as “Why do people turn to religion or spirituality?” and “What are the psychological, contextual, and biological underpinnings of religion’s best and worst outcomes?” Currently, she is particularly interested in the study of self-transcendent emotions (e.g., awe, elevation), their relation to meaning in life and well-being, and their biological underpinnings. She is also investigating the mechanisms explaining religion’s link to prejudice and real antisocial behaviors. She uses experimental designs and quantitative analyses.
Pre-Congress, Plenary, & Invited Speakers
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- August 1, 2016
Call for Proposals Opens
- September 30, 2016
Call for Proposals Closes
- December 2016
Congress Registration & Housing Open
- May 31, 2017
Deadline for Early Registration
- June 1, 2017
Onsite Registration Rate Takes Effect
- June 9, 2017
Deadline for Discounted Hotel Rates
- July 13-16, 2017
5th World Congress on Positive Psychology
Who should attend?
2) Consultants, educators, business owners, coaches, and other professionals
3) Students enrolled in good standing in an academic program
4) Members of the general public who are interested in learning more about positive psychology
Get Involved Year-Round By Joining IPPA:
IPPA membership allows you to join an international network of scholars, practitioners and students who advance our shared mission. Member benefits include invitations to regular, live webinars with experts in the field through the Positive Psychology Leader Series, a reduced registration rate for the World Congress, access to more than 100 presentations in our online Learning Library, and the ability to collaborate on projects year-round in our professional divisions.