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Positive Psychology conference

What makes you happy?


This conference is the final event of the international minor Positive Psychology. A programme offered by the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam.

We start this conference with two great keynote speakers Professor Meike Bartels: University Explore Chair in Genetics and Wellbeing at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. The key question in her research is: Why are some people happier than others?

And secondly Dr. Ing. Anna Pohlmeyer from Delft University of Technology will talk about her work on Positive Design and Design for Well-being.

The workshops, that you will attend after the key-note speakers,  will have a very solid base of theoretical knowledge, are creative, innovative and compelling at the same time. The international students who have studied positive psychology in this minor developed them and will be conduction the workshop.

We are looking forward to seeing you!


13.15 walk-in
13.45 welcome and introduction
13.50 - 14.10 keynote speaker: Prof. dr. Meike Bartels. The reading is about the various causes that contribute to the feeling of happiness; why is one person happier than another?
14.15 - 14.35 keynote speaker: Dr. Ing. Anna E. Pohlmeyer will talk about her work on Positive Design / Design for well-being
14.45 - 15.30 first workshop round
15.30 - 15.45 break
15.45 - 16.30 second workshop round
16.30 - 18.00 closing and drinks


Register for the conference and choose two workshops you would like to attend from the list below. 

We welcome you to our workshop where we explore different, often conflicting parts of ourselves and find out how these feel in the present moment. This workshop is likely to give you an insight on how you can positively deal with your conflicts. For this workshop we will be working in small groups. We have a max. amount of 10 participants per round.

By practicing vulnerability and mindfulness we offer you the experience of feeling comfortable in your own discomfort. Join our workshop to learn about how to improve your relationships and your own well-being by looking vulnerability in the eyes.

Find out how to gain meaning in life through values, strengths and goals.

Studies say that having a strong sense of meaning and purpose has a powerful benefit on mental and physical health. Curious? By attending our workshop we are inviting you to explore what brings meaning in your life.

‘Fear of Missing out’ is a real thing nowadays. Don’t let social media control the fear that you would rather be elsewhere. Let’s get back to the basics and show gratitude to the things you already have. Be grateful for the meaningful relationships and become more aware of what you appreciate about yourself.

How do strangers see you?

By participating in our workshop you will learn more about the effect of positive emotions on the human well-being, and how to increase them on a daily basis.

Becoming aware of the connections we share!

Published by  Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Law 18 May 2018