Past Conferences - 2012


The 3rd Australian Positive Psychology and Well Being Conference
Date: 22-25 March, 2012
Locations: Sydney and Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Hosted by The Australian Institute of Business WellBeing, Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong

The Economics of Happiness Conference
Creating a Better Economic Future for All
Date: March 23-25, 2012
Venue: David Brower Center, Berkeley, California

Join Vandana Shiva, Annie Leonard, Richard Heinberg, Bill McKibben, Anuradha Mittal, Manish Jain and many others for a ground-breaking international conference on economic localization. Hosted by ISEC, the conference will examine the structures and myths on which the corporate-controlled global economy is based, and explore how a new economy – one based on an economics of happiness – can be built by supporting the local, globally. We will draw inspiration from grassroots localization initiatives in food, energy, education business and banking, and from the Occupy movement, Transition Towns, ecovillages, indigenous resistance movements, and more. The conference will build on momentum generated by our documentary film, The Economics of Happiness, which has already set the stage for an international dialogue about localization. Come and be part of the discussion! Capacity is limited, so register to reserve your place.

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International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Paris
Theme: Solutions for Tough Times
Date: April 17-20, 2010
Venue: Le Palais des CongrËs de Paris, France

In the past year, the economic landscape of the healthcare industry has significantly evolved. But the challenge of how we deliver safe and improved care while reducing our costs remains an ongoing issue for all of us.

2nd World Congress of Bioenergy-2012 (WCBE-2012)
Theme: Renewable Energy for Sustainability
Location: Xi'an, China
Date: April 25-28, 2012


International Conference and Exhibition on Neurology & Therapeutics
Theme: Novel Therapies in Neurosciences
Date: 14-16 May, 2012
Venue: Renaissance Las Vegas, USA
The Australian Governance and Quality Conference
The Patient, the Population and the Politics: Towards equity and quality in healthcare
Date: 24-25 May, 2012
Venue: Hilton on the Park, Melbourne


2012 International Conference on Research Challenges in Social and Human Sciences (ICRCSHS 2012)
Date: June 12-13, 2012
Location: Jeju-Island, Korea

The Conference provides a chance for researchers, scientists, engineers, and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Social and Human Sciences, and to discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

Wellbeing and Public Policy Conference
Date: June 13-15, 2012
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

The purpose of the conference is to bring together policymakers and world experts to discuss recent advances in wellbeing research and the application of wellbeing research to policymaking at all levels of government.

Australia's health 2012
Date: June 21, 2012
Location: National Convention Centre Constitution Avenue, Canberra, ACT

The conference will highlight the latest authoritative information on the health of Australians, and the Australian health system, in the context of health reforms.
This national conference is a fantastic opportunity to network with health colleagues and join in the discussion with Australia's leading decision-makers on critical health issues.
We have a range of engaging speakers who will provide the latest health statistics and informed commentary on the health of Australians.


Measures of Subjective Well-being for Public Policy: Philosophical Perspectives
Date: July 13-15, 2012
Location: University of Leeds, England

The conference aims to bring together philosophers and non-philosophers - from psychologists and sociologists to economists and public policy practitioners - to discuss the philosophical foundations of the use of measures of subjective well-being in public policy. There are many philosophical issues involved in such a practice, which have so far been relatively unexplored.

Alzheimer's Association International Conference
Date: July 14-19, 2012
Location: Vancouver, Canada

Join the world's leading dementia scientists to share the latest thoughts and theories in the field and spark new ideas along the way. Share your work, advance emerging models and shape new ideas.

International Conference on the Philosophy and Science of Well-being and their Practical Importance
Topic: Well-being in Contemporary Society
Date: July 26-27, 2012
Location: University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Program Chair: Philip Brey (University of Twente)
The 7th Biennial International Meaning Conference
Topic: The Positive Psychology of Flourishing Through Meaning and Purpose
Date: July 26-29, 2012
Location: Toronto, Canada

In today's climate of global economic uncertainty, geopolitical conflicts, ecological crisis, and the widening gap between haves and have-nots, the meaning perspective offers a promising vision to resolve these challenging global issues and achieve sustainable growth for both individuals and society.


13th International Mental Health Conference
Theme: Positive Change; Investing in Mental Health
Date: August 6 - 8, 2012
Venue: Outrigger Inn (formerly Holiday Inn), Gold Coast, Qld

The conference will focus on the complex mental issues affecting the elderly including depression, dementia, delirium, paranoid disorders and anxiety. It will also explore the mental health issues of young Australians (aged 18 – 24 years) struggling with schizophrenia, depression, suicidal thoughts, bipolar, anxiety disorders and drug use and drug induced psychosis. With 7% of Australian children and adolescents (aged 0 – 17 years) experiencing mental health problems and only one in four receiving professional health care, a positive change is long overdue.

The conference will examine state, federal, international and COAG initiatives, early intervention strategies, validated treatments, suicide prevention and the effectiveness of mental health preventive measures.

3rd Conference on Environmental Pollution and Public Health (CEPPH 2012)
Date: August 10 - 12, 2012
Location: Shanghai, China
2012 Shanghai International Conference on Social Science
Date: August 14 - 17, 2012
Location: Shanghai, China
12th International Conference of Behavioural Medicine
Date: August 29 - September 1, 2012
Location: Budapest Hilton, Hungary

Behavioural Medicine: from basic science to clinical investigation and public health.


ISCoS 2012
Advances in spinal cord injury management
Date: September 3 - 5, 2012
Location: London, UK
5th International Urban Design Conference
Opportunistic Urban Design
Date: September 10 - 12, 2012
Location: The Hilton on the Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Asian Chinese Quality of Life Conference
Date: September 13 - 16, 2012
Location: Guangzhou, China


4th International Cerebral Palsy Conference
Date: October 10 - 13, 2012
Location: Pisa, Italy

The conference will be devoted to all aspects of cerebral palsy, from early diagnosis to standards of care and to new therapeutical approaches. In addition, special lectures will be dedicated to the opportunities offered by recent advances of research in Neuroscience. Contribution for understanding and treating Cerebral Palsy from animal models, genetics, stem cells, cognitive neuroscience will be discussed. The new framework provided by ICF approach, with a special attention to the quality of life, will be also taken into account, especially in relation to transition to adulthood. The Conference will also include a space addressed to the parents, where the main speakers will present the main novelties of their research with convenient time devoted to discussion. In addition to the rich programme, satellite pre and post-conference meetings and courses will be available.

International Greening Education Event 2012
Date: October 10 - 12, 2012
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany

This event will bring together academia, policy makers, representatives of government and international development agencies, senior members of academic institutions, school administrators and teachers, sustainable development practitioners, environmental management professionals and other stakeholders from around the world.

The event provides an exclusive forum to: examine how climate change, depleting natural resources, loss of biodiversity and other environmental threats are affecting education sector; deliberate on why and how to embed sustainability in curricula, courses and teaching material; debate on the ways to make educational institutions a part of the solution to address the evolving environmental, social and economic issues; discuss success stories, challenges and best practices for greening education; and get insights on how education is being reshaped to meet the requirements of the 21st century.

Further to knowledge sharing, the upcoming event also provides an excellent networking opportunity with academia, sustainable development practitioners, members of government agencies and development organisations and other stakeholders in Europe and beyond. An excursion (optional) on Saturday the 13th of October, 2012 is planned which will also provide an additional and informal networking opportunity.

Mental Wellness in Persons with IDD and ASD: Innovation, Collaboration & Quality of Life
Date: October 17 - 19
Location: Colorado, USA

Mental Wellness in Persons with IDD and ASD: Innovation, Collaboration & Quality of Life (IDD/MH) featuring a rejuvenating array of speakers and sessions. Elevate your standards... this event strives to provide comprehensive training concerning Mental Health needs for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Reach your peak... this year’s conference destination is a great way enhance your physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. Taking time for you, a little down-time to unwind can help you recharge your outlook...

5th FPR-UCLA Interdisciplinary Conference
Date: October 19 - 20
Location: UCLA, USA

Culture, Mind, and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Applications


2nd International Conference on Social Sciences and Society (ICSSS 2012)

Date: November 1 - 2
Location: San Degio, California, USA

The goal of this Conference is to bring together the researchers from academia and industry as well as practitioners to share ideas, problems and solutions relating to the multifaceted aspects of Social Sciences and Society.

Ahimsa and Sustainable Happiness

Date: November 2 - 4
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Historically, all wisdom traditions have articulated some vision of a happy life, and have suggested ways of attaining it. Ahimsa, with varying degrees of emphasis, has been often recognized both as a vital aspect of happy life and also as a pathway to happiness. However, today the trajectories of discourse on happiness and ahimsa have become quite divergent. Happiness receives attention primarily from scholars in positive psychology, and lately also from some in sociology and economics. Ahimsa attracts attention mostly from those interested in political or social action and conflict resolution, along with some scholars in religion and philosophy. By bringing together the discourses on happiness with those on ahimsa, this conference aims to explore from multiple perspectives the synergy, reciprocity and unity between ahimsa and happiness.

Conference of the Australia/ New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics

Date: November 12 - 15
Location: Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia

Themes: Greening the Economy / Social and Political Dimensions / Policy Issues and Applications in Ecological Economics / Challenges and Frontiers in Methods

Community Indicators Consortium - 2012 International Conference

Date: November 15 - 16
Location: Washington D.C., USA

The CIC IMPACT SUMMIT will be a highly interactive conference that brings together indicators practitioners, think tank analysts, academics, funders, and data providers to share their work and ideas, explore the trends moving our communities, work to bridge the distance between facts and perceptions, and connect with colleagues new and old.

Profound Healing - Sustainable Wellbeing Conference

Date: November 17 - 18
Location: The Sebel Albert Park, Melbourne

With cancer and chronic illness on the rise, it's becoming increasingly evident that taking an integrative and preventative approach to health is essential. The Profound Healing - Sustainable Wellbeing Conference focuses on the best of mind-body and lifestyle medicine as it educates, inspires, and empowers you to take an active role in your health, happiness and wellbeing.

The Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Inc Biennial Conference

Date: November 21 - 23
Location: The Baha'i Centre, Hobart Tasmania

How is sustainability conceived and enacted in the third sector and in relations between sectors? What are the challenges to and success factors for sustainable organisation(s) in the third sector? How can we identify and examine ways to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the third sector?

World Conference on Psychology and Sociology
Date: November 28 - December 01
Location: Antalya, Turkey
11th Australian Conference For Personality and Individual Differences (ACPID)
Date: November 29 - 30
Location: The University of Melbourne, Australia

ACPID is the premier conference for personality research in Australia. ACPID 2012 will provide a stimulating forum for researchers from all fields of psychology with interests in personality traits or processes, temperament, abilities, attitudes and/or related themes. All details of the conference (e.g. keynote speakers, registration fees, accommodation) are available online and will be updated regularly.

Further announcements will be made later in the year, and more regular updates and news will be posted via twitter (follow 'ACPID 2012').


Consumer Behavior in Tourism Symposium 2012
Date: December 10 - 13
Location: Bruneck/Brunico, South Tyrol, Italy

The goal of this conference is to provide a platform for scholars, practitioners, government agencies, educators and postgraduate students in tourism and allied fields to focus on tourism and quality of life (QOL) research issues both from theoretical and applied research perspectives. The conference also serves as a place to stimulate discussion, and exchange of ideas and challenges in the context of tourism and QOL research relationships at all levels: individual, family, community, and societal.

Hong Kong International Conference on Education, Psychology and Society
Date: December 14 - 16
Location: Hong Kong, China

The aim of 2012 Hong Kong International Conference on Education, Psychology and Society (2012 HKICEPS) is to advance the academic and professional understanding in these related fields. Prospective authors are welcome to submit manuscripts in English. The goal is to let researchers all over the world meet and exchange the latest ideas and discuss issues concerning education, psychology and society towards sustainable development.

International Conference in Humanities, Social Sciences and Global Business Management
Date: December 30 - 31
Location: Singapore

ISSGBM 2012 will be published by Singapore Management and Sports Science Institute Lecture Notes in Management Science, which will be indexed by Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Sciences and Humanities (CPCI-SSH).