CIFAR Building Better Lives & Communities



Thursday, September 19, 2013, 13:00 - 18:30



The MaRS Centre, 101 College Street, Toronto, Ontario. The Collaboration Centre (conference facility) is located in the MaRS Centre, South Tower.

New ideas in the social sciences are changing our understanding of human behaviour and our ability to achieve collective goals. Researchers at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research are at the forefront of an emerging field of investigation. Through interdisciplinary research into social interactions, identity and wellbeing, they are framing new understandings of human behaviour, the nature of communities and society, and how policy can better guide human progress.

Join us for a symposium of international experts who in TED-style presentations will share fresh, new insights from their recent discoveries. The symposium will be of interest to social innovators, entrepreneurs, educators, members of the volunteer sector, policy makers, academics in the full spectrum of the social sciences, and anyone who is interested in social change and community wellbeing

The symposium is organized into three themes, comprising presentations by panellists and an open Q&A to allow for maximum audience participation. The symposium will be moderated by CIFAR Senior Fellow Alex Haslam, University of Queensland, Australia. Haslam is a well-known author and editor of numerous books on social and organizational psychology, including the popular, The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power.

The symposium will conclude with an early-evening keynote presentation given by CIFAR Senior Fellow John Helliwell, when we will be joined by CIFAR's Knowledge Circle members. The symposium will be live-streamed over the web and available, post event, at

The event is generously supported by MaRs.