Flourishing and Wellbeing: Measurement, Meaning and Mindfulness in Health, Education and Work


Registrations: Register only for the public lecture; OR $75 fee for full attendance.


17 September 2020

End Date

19 September 2020


ACU Melbourne and Catholic Theological College

UPDATE 27 April 2020

After careful consideration due to COVID-19 restrictions the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Flourishing &Wellbeing Symposium scheduled to take place 17-19 September 2020. A new date of 7-9 September 2021 is proposed (subject to government regulations approval and availability of speakers).

We have received a number of paper submissions to date and each of these submissions will be notified of next steps via email. Currently we are not accepting any further submissions.

We look forward to hosting the symposium in 2021 and welcome you to check back in on this site for further updates.

RASP treeElizabeth Anscombe’s term ‘human flourishing’, describes the quest and desire for ‘the good life’, wellbeing or life in its fullness and wholeness. It has a sense of humans operating on all cylinders, on good relational terms with God, humanity and the earth. This conference seeks to facilitate that quest in an increasingly fragmented contemporary context. We will address the occasional blurriness of the concept with the best science (measurement), philosophy and theology (meaning), and spiritual and psychological habits (mindfulness).

The conference aims to connect academics and reflective practitioners from fields of health, education and workplace wellbeing. The balanced programme offers outstanding keynotes, panels and opportunities for academics and professionals to present papers.

It is intended that the conference will give rise to an international peer-reviewed publication. It is also applicable for those seeking professional development credit.

Call for Papers

We invite papers on any topic related to the Symposium’s themes, and especially those that engage multiple disciplines in the humanities and health sciences in exploring human flourishing and wellbeing.  Papers will be 20 minutes, with 10 minutes of discussion.  Proposals should include a title and abstract (250-300 words).  The call for papers will close at 23:59 on 15 March 2020.  Proposers will be notified of success by 27 March 2020. 

Because we aim to publish selected essays from the Symposium we will ask that successful proposers who wish to be considered for the volume send us a fuller abstract (no less than 1000 words), or even draft paper by 31 August.  This will help us to reflect carefully on the shape and content of an eventual volume.

If you have any questions about proposing a paper, please email Jonathan Zecher at ACU.

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Tyler VanderWeele

Tyler VanderWeele (Harvard)

Jeff Hanson

Jeff Hanson (Harvard)

Peggy Kern

Peggy Kern (Uni Melbourne)

Craig Hassed

Craig Hassed (Monash)

Locations and Accommodation

Catholic Theological College and ACU Melbourne Campus (Modular Building, Christ and Mercy Lecture Theatres). 

The Symposium does not have accommodation. However, directions and local accommodation suggestions will be available closer to the date.

Programme details

The Symposium will begin with a public lecture by Prof. Tyler VanderWeele, of the Harvard University Human Flourishing Program. The lecture will take place at 17:30 on 17 September, in the Christ Lecture Theatre at ACU’s Melbourne Campus.  The lecture will be free and open to the public.

The full programme will be released in mid 2020.


If you have any queries about the Symposium, please contact Jonathan Zecher at ACU: jonathan.zecher@acu.edu.au; Phone: 03 9230 8373.


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