The international Resilience Symposium: The Awe Project will take place from May 10-11, 2021. It is being co-hosted by Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
This virtual event will bring together leading researchers in awe and how it relates to wellbeing, mental health, and resilience.
There is no registration fee for attendees.
Experiencing awe can certainly provide a “wow moment” but it is also much more than that. The extensive research has shown that by experiencing awe, it can increase prosocial behavior, patience, social connectedness, critical thinking, positive mood and much more.
Experiencing awe is associated with enhancing personal resilience and overall positive mental health. All of this is critical for first responders, front-line workers, teachers and many other professionals at being effective in their professional work while also with thriving in their personal lives.
This 2-day event will explain the science of awe and attendees will learn ways to harness it in your daily life because importantly, experiencing awe and its benefits are not limited to going to places like the Grand Canyon, seeing the Eiffel Tower, or visiting the Great Barrier Reef.
This is something we all deserve, especially in this global climate as we continue to endure during COVID-19 and other hardships.
So, embrace your curiosity and join us for this free, two-day virtual event to learn more about the science of awe and importantly how you can start practicing it in your life and also how you organization or agency can incorporate it into trainings.
Get insight from leading researchers to learn about how awe can help the individuals and their organizations. Additionally, get insight from first responder and front-line leaders on wellbeing and resilience related to awe.
Learn more about recent and prominent awe research that can help enhance your wellbeing.
Find out about cutting-edge and emerging practices to promote awe and the related benefits from experiencing it.
Be part of this symposium and get information that you will be able to apply as a both a member of your organization and as an individual.
How much does it cost to attend?
The event is FREE. Yes, there is no costs for attendees to participate. Due to the symposium taking place virtually, and costs being absorbed, we are happy to say there is no cost to attend. We want to make sure that a fee to attend this important symposium does not prevent anyone from attending.
Who should attend?
This symposium is open to everyone. That said, the primary audience for this symposium is first responders, front-line workers and awe-related researchers but again - we welcome and encourage everyone to attend.
For first responders and front-line workers, this includes both uniformed and civilian professionals, executives as well as personnel of in all titles. Individuals will learn information they can apply to look after their own well-being while leadership attendees while be able to collect information on how to implement science-back practices that they can institute agency-wide.
For researchers, regardless of where you in your career, we hope the talks at this symposium will both inform you and inspire you to continue your important role in helping others enhance their mental health and improve their resilience an learn about awe.
For everyone else, think about it for a second - if this awe information is relevant to first responders and front-line workers, it most certainly is relevant to you too. Why? We are all people, and we all face tough, unexpected, adverse situations in life.
If the information being shared in this symposium can be helpful to them, it can also be helpful to you and anyone else across the world.
Everyone deserves to have positive mental health and enhance their resilience and mental health. Let this symposium on awe inform you to look after yourself, those you work with, and those close to you.
Do I have to attend all the sessions?
As much as we would like you to attend all the sessions, we also fully understand people have other commitments too. Pick and choose as many as you'd like to attend, and again, don't forget, they are all free.
What if I miss a session that I wanted to attend?
We understand things come up so, don't worry. All presentations are being recorded and will be uploaded on this website and also on the symposium's YouTube channel.
The session(s) I attended looks/was great. How do I get more information?
You can get more information in a variety of ways. Start by going to the plenary or session web page. There, you'll find more information on each speaker and their presentation. Additionally, you'll find their contact information, social media channels, and links to read more on the content they shared.
How do I help spread the word about this symposium?
We ask that you share this event on your social media channels and throughout your networks. Consider following @ResilienceSymposium on Twitter and please use #TheAweProject on your social media posts.
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