Prof. Martin Seligman

Director & Professor

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. Prof. Martin Seligman

2017 Sessions

14 Feb 2017 Arena Hall 09.50 - 10.30
The Power of Being Positive Breakout Session
13 Feb 2017 DEWA Hall 05.30 - 06.00
What is positive psychology? How can it benefit governments? How is positivity important on an individual level and why? Is it a necessary precursor to happiness? What are the characteristics of a flourishing individual? How can they be maximized? What defines a ‘flourishing’ nation? What is the link between positivity and flourish? How can governments create and maintain a flourishing nation? What role does government play in redesigning the education system to educate for fulfillment in life, and not just for workplace success? How can governments support flourishing individuals on the social scale? (family relationships, friends, networks of trust)