Upcoming Conference Details



International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership Exchange
Date: February 27 - 3 March
Location: Sydney, Australia

The forums draw around 450 international delegates together every 16 months to exchange knowledge and new ideas in mental health leadership. The event leads off with two days of ‘matches’ hosted by organisations across Australia and New Zealand. Each of the matches will bring together people with shared interests to discuss an issue in detail and generate innovative ideas and solutions. The matches will be followed by a two day conference in Sydney which will bring together and amplify the ideas generated at the matches.

Interested wellbeing leaders can register here. Please also forward this invitation to your international wellbeing networks. Please note: your organisation must be a member before you can register, but membership is free and can be procured through the IIMHL website.


European Happiness Days
Date: March 20-22
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Starting on the official UN International Day of Happiness, the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation will organize the European Happiness Days at the Erasmus University Rotterdam from Monday March 20 until Wednesday March 22, 2017. Central theme will be: The Value of Happiness: A World To Win. On the first two days (Monday and Tuesday) the subtheme will be The Happy Economy, on the third day (Wednesday) this will be The Good Economy. The European Happiness Days will be organized by the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation (EHERO) to celebrate both its 1st lustrum and the 1st lustrum of the UN International Day of Happiness.

Aim of the European Happiness Days is to bring together an international group of researchers, policy makers and business leaders with an interest in happiness economics to present and discuss research findings as well as share experiences from the field. Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Ruut Veenhoven, Professor Erik Angner and Happiness Ambassador and editor of the World Book of Happiness Leo Bormans. After the plenary speeches in the morning, in the afternoon sessions and workshops will be organized around three subjects:

- Happiness and Organizations (business)
- Happiness and Lifestyles (individuals)
- Happiness and Policies (governance)

For the parallel sessions, we seek academic papers offering conceptual and empirical insights into happiness from an interdisciplinary point (economics, psychology, sociology, health studies, management, etc.) of view. Key themes include (but are not limited to):

- Employment, unemployment and happiness
- Happiness and firm performance
- Urban and rural differences in happiness
- Happiness and economic and political crises
- Consumption, income and happiness
- Leisure and happiness
- Health and happiness
- Quality of governance and happiness
- Education and happiness
- Family, children and happiness
- Happiness and migration
- Happiness economics and behavioral economics
- Ethics and happiness
- Eudemonic happiness
- Environmental quality, sustainability and happiness
- Circular economy
- Experimental research on happiness
- Measurement of happiness

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to ehero-conference@eur.nl by February 9. Participants will be notified of acceptance by February 16th; after which they need to register via the conference website(www.aworldtowin.com) which will be online soon. The Conference registration fees are applicable to all participants, except keynote speakers and invited participants.

Conference fees:

Normal Student (including PhD students)
3-days European Happiness Days 295 euro 150 euro
1 separate day 150 euro 75 euro


2017 Community Indicators Symposium
Date: June 12-13
Proposals due: Feb 15
Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Community indicators measure conditions in the community within a framework that is intended to generate interest among the public and decision-makers about necessary improvements to quality of life. With a recent rise in awareness and capacity around tracking indicators, it is more important than ever to explore and share ways for communities to define priorities through the selection of indicators and engage them to use data to act toward shared values, collective impact, and the common good.

This is the first time the Community Indicators Consortium (CIC) is heading north of the border to shine a spotlight on all of the good work happening in Canada. The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) certainly plans to be in Winnipeg to share our knowledge. We encourage all of you working with community indicators, to submit proposals about your project. It will be a great opportunity to learn from and contribute to all of the activity around indicators currently underway in Canada and build bridges across projects throughout North America and beyond.

Proposals need to align with one of the following streams:

We welcome your proposal for presentations in all areas related to Identity, including but not limited to:

-Community indicator basics
-Community engagement
-Knowledge translation

More information & Submittal Form


IDENTITY: The European Conference on Psychology & Behavioural Sciences 2017
Date: July 4-5
Abstracts due: February 16
Presenters registrations due: May 16
Location: Brighton, UK

The study of Identity in Psychology was pioneered by Erik Erikson in his early work in the 1950s and 1960s, such as Identity: Youth and Crisis, and Identity and the Life Cycle. He looked at three aspects of identity – ego identity, personal identity and social identity. Developing a strong sense of ego identity, a coherent sense of who one is and isn’t, that is consistent and stable over time is a key task in adolescence. Ego identity can also be equated with the personality level of identity. One’s personal identity is based on one’s abilities, goals, and possibilities for the future and can be seen as the level of identity influenced most by one’s primary relationships, while one’s social identity is formed through identification with groups or secondary relationships, and shows one’s position within the social structure.

In most societies in the past, forming an identity – a self-definition within a community – was a straightforward process. People adopted roles that were already decided for them by their family and their community. In most modern global societies today the possibilities, choices and dilemmas young people face make this process of identity formation much less simple.

This partly explains the explosion of studies on Identity in Psychology since Erikson’s day. This has happened within all areas of psychology and has also incorporated theoretical ideas from sociology. In one sense, this integration of the Identity or Self with diverse areas of psychology has helped to personalise these areas of study by focusing on the whole person with their contradictions and complexities with specific contexts and relationships.

We welcome your proposal for presentations in all areas related to Identity, including but not limited to:

-Ego Identity
-Personal Identity
-Social Identity
-Identity development/formation
-Hybrid Identity
-Cultural/Bi-cultural/Multi-cultural Identity
-Sexual Identity
-Gender Identity
-Racial/Ethnic Identity
-National Identity
-Global/Local identity

The European Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences will again be held alongside The European Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy. Registration for either of these conferences will allow participants to attend sessions in the other.

In conjunction with our Global Partners, including the University of Sussex, we look forward to extending a warm welcome to you in 2017.

– The ECP2017 Organising Committee

For information about IAFOR's new grants and scholarships for PhD students and early career academics, please visit: www.iafor.org/ecp2017-financial-support


2017 IASSIDD 4th Asia-Pacific Regional Congress
Date: November 13-16
Abstracts due: March 31
Location: Bangkok, Thailand

The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) is an interdisciplinary scientific organisation, founded in 1964.

IASSIDD is a non-governmental member of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

IASSIDD promotes research and the exchange of information that will enhance the health and quality of life of people with disabilities and their families, and which will assist governments and service providers to develop policy and procedures based on scientific evidence.

IASSIDD has previously hosted a number of Asia Pacific Regional conferences: Taipei (2005) Singapore (2009), and Tokyo (2013).