Wednesday 17th February 2010
6pm, Roberts G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming lecture theatre
UCL Town Meeting on: "What is wellbeing and how can we measure it?" The meeting, hosted by UCL's Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing, will consider how we might establish a UCL definition of wellbeing, what is important for wellbeing, and identify some key themes and aspects of research relating to wellbeing.
The Provost will be giving the opening address and the meeting will feature a number of short presentations on different perspectives on wellbeing, followed by a panel and audience discussion chaired by Professor Nick Tyler.
Speakers will be:
- Peter Antonioni (UCL Management Science & Innovation)
- Dr Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience)
- Professor Nick Chater (UCL Cognitive, Perceptual & Brain Sciences)
- Professor Steffen Huck (UCL Economics)
- Professor Geraint Rees (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience)
- Professor Jane Rendell (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture)
- Professor Nick Tyler (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering)
Consideration of wellbeing – what constitutes it and how to achieve it – is particularly timely at present in the context of the global economic crisis and the debate over how to achieve recovery and what recovery should look like. This includes a consideration of the wellbeing of society that is more sophisticated than simply measuring GDP: how to ensure that a prosperous society translates into a society with a strong sense of wellbeing will be one of the key challenges in the coming months and years.
The meeting will be followed by a reception in the Roberts Foyer.