The International Positive Education Network (IPEN) is excited to bring to you, at no charge, the online two-day global Wellbeing in Education Conference as part of the five-day Wellbeing360 Conference hosted by Tecmilenio University's Institute for Wellbeing and Happiness.

IPEN’s two incredibly compelling days are packed with the biggest names in positive psychology, education, and wellbeing. There may not be another Wellbeing in Education conference on this scale again.

Join us from your school, university, office or home and enjoy two days of keynotes, practical workshops, panel discussions and Ignite power talks.

WHO should attend?

This conference is truly for anyone interested in wellbeing education/positive education. In building the program we considered our audience to be teachers, school leaders, parents, academics and consultants in the education space. We believe that together, through positive education we have the power to change the way young people experience and view the world to create a more thoughtful, united, and flourishing 21st century.

WHEN and HOW can I attend?

October 27 to 29, 2020. The schedule will be run separately across 3 time zones to ensure a global audience will be able to access all content..

The conference will commence at 9 am in each of the following time zones.

October 27 - 28, 2020:

Central Time Zone (Universal Time Coordinated (UTC) -5) - North and South America

October 28 - 29, 2020:

Australian Eastern Daylight Time Zone (UTC +11) - Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, China

October 28 - 29, 2020:

Central European Time Zone (UTC +1) - UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Pakistan, India

WHO will be presenting?

The conference will include keynote speeches, shorter Ignite talks, masterclasses, showcases, and panels featuring the world’s most influential researchers, educators, and practitioners in the field of positive education and wellbeing.


Simon Murray (IPEN Global Chair) sits down with Martin Seligman (UPenn) for a 30-minute question and answer session.

Rosalinda Ballesteros (Institute for wellbeing and happiness) sits down with Tal Ben-Shahar for a 30-minute question and answer session

Keynote Speakers

A 30-minute presentation delivered by top experts in the field.

Tal Ben-Shahar
Q & A with Rosalinda Ballesteros

Ilona Boniwell
Building resilience in difficult times: Lessons from the new normal

Angela Duckworth
How and Why to Develop Character

Dóra Guðrún Guðmundsdóttir
Wellbeing for all leaving no one behind.

Kristján Kristjánsson
Flourishing and Positive Education: A Synthesis and Some Remaining Problems

Steve Leventhal
A Call to Action: Positive Education for Vulnerable Youth in Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries in the time of COVID-19

Kaiping Peng and Yukun Zhao
Positive Online Education: What can technology do for positive education?

John Ratey
Exercise and COVID-Time to boost your immunity and well-being

Tyler VanderWeele
Human Flourishing and Education

Lea Waters
Searching for student wellbeing: A data-derived, meta-framework to guide the practice of positive education

Panel Discussions

A panel of experts offering opinion and debating specific aspects of Positive Education

Wellbeing and Positive Universities:
Hector Escamilla, Anthony Seldon, Rosalinda Ballesteros, Lindsay Oades


A 30-minute workshop on one aspect of implementing Positive Education into your establishment, or practical Positive Education interventions.

David Bott

Future Possibilities for Wellbeing in Education: Emerging Trends and Transformations

Katy Granville-Champan & Emmie Bidston

what’s love got to do with it?

Lucy Hone & Denise Quinlan

Taking a Whole-School Approach to Wellbeing: Lessons learned from a decade of science and practice

Peggy Kern

Cultivating Connection through Chaos

Sylvia Kwok

Implementation of whole school wellbeing education in the Chinese population

Ricardo Arguís Rey

Promoting wellbeing in schools through the Happy Classrooms Programme

Louise Tidmand

How to involve play in your teaching as a lever to unlocking academic superpowers in your class

Matthew White

Crisis or Catalyst?
Examining COVID-19’s Implications for Positive Education.

Ignite Speakers

A 15-minute presentation with impact and practical application.

Alejandro Adler
Education, Well-being, and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Rosalinda Ballesteros
Purpose driven university, incorporating an Ecosystem of Wellbeing in a whole system

Anne Johnstone
The Case for Positive Education

Abdulla Al Karam
More than a School

Megan McDonough and Henrique Bueno
Living Into What You Want Others to Learn

Caroline Adams Miller
Teaching the Basics of Goal Setting in Wellbeing Education

Elke Paul
Time to scale up Positive Education: greater scope, better access, higher impact

Gilda Scarfe
The importance of building Mental Toughness in Education

Anthony Seldon
Why Covid and AI make wellbeing in schools more vital than ever


A schools, college or university will showcase their journey to implementing Pos Ed., including achievements, failures, challenges, learnings and results.

Ajial Bilingual School, Kuwait
The British School, India
Children's International School, Nigeria
Colegio Gimnasio Moderno & Colegio Andres Escobar, Colombia
Crangleigh Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dubai College, UAE
The Gap State High School, Australia
George Mason University, USA
Greymouth High School & Avonside Girls' High School, New Zealand
Guangzhou Huijing Xincheng, China
Hermannsburg School, South Africa
Mount Barker High School, Australia
New Nordic School, Finland

North Kentucky University, USA
Po Leung Kuk Kindergarten, Hong Kong
Ravenswood School, Australia
Red Educacional Magister & Colegio Marques de Ovando, Chile
Ridley College, Canada
The Shipley School, USA
Simon Langton Boys Secondary School, UK
Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
Transylvania College, Romania
Upper Canada College, Canada