Human Welfare Conference 2020

The 12th annual Human Welfare Conference will take place at Green Templeton on Friday 15 May and Saturday 16 May 2020. Guided by the theme Living Through Conflict: Beyond Trauma and Resilience, this year’s conference aims to introduce interdisciplinary ideas to discuss the long-lasting impacts of political conflict – war or systemic violence, both within and imposed upon communities.

Our vision is to create an interdisciplinary shared space for academics, activists, and people that have lived experience of conflict. The conference aims to imagine possibilities beyond our conventional understandings of trauma and resilience: what these distinctions mean, who gets to fit into each category, why they matter, and how can science help inform impacts on future generations.

We aim to deliver a dynamic conference that goes beyond traditional conference format and allows participants to engage with the themes in a variety of ways including panel discussions, storytelling, student posters, media and arts sessions.

HWC Committee

Img 3526Planning for the HWC 2020 is underway! Our team consists of:

Co-chairs: Tingyee Chang and Vira Ameli
Publicity Chair: Libby Jennings
Poster Session Chair: Sofija Paneva
Keynote Session Chair: Urdur Ásta Eiriksdotter
Media Session Chairs: Stephanie Eagling-Peche and Michelle Yeung
Panel Session Chairs: Isra Hasnain, Beatriz Silveira de Arruda, Lizzy Thomas and Lion Uhl

We are looking for a Finance Chair to join our team – if you are interested please contact or

Abstract Submission FAQs

Submission of abstracts for the poster session is now open. We welcome graduate applicants in the humanities, social, medical, and natural sciences, and encourage personal and creative interpretations of the theme. The deadline for submission is 17.00 GMT, Thursday 2nd April.
Who can take part in the conference?
Graduate students from all academic and personal backgrounds are welcomed as long as their research is clearly in line with the theme. We encourage individual understanding of the topic and look forward to seeing a range of disciplines and variety of research topics represented. The conference will also feature academics, activists, NGO representatives, individuals with lived experience of conflict and artists whose work relates to the theme. If you are not sure whether your research aligns with the topic please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at

How do I apply?
Please submit your abstract by 17.00 GMT, on Thursday, April 2nd 2020 to with the subject headline “HWC Poster Your_Full_Name” Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words (excluding title) and can be sent in Word or PDF format. Please state the length of your abstract at the end and include the following information: name, date of birth, current residence, current programme and year of programme, your department and university and your project supervisor.

How do I know if my application has been successful and what to do next?
Successful participants will be contacted via email by the conference organisers no later than Thursday, April 16th and will be provided with further information on how to prepare for the conference. Just as a “heads up” we will aim to create an interactive poster session and encourage communication and exchange of knowledge between the participants through a series of games and activities. Furthermore, prior to the poster session every participant will be given the opportunity to “pitch” their poster to an audience through a 1-minute “quick fire” presentation. Prizes will be awarded for best poster and best poster pitch. More information on this will follow in April.

My abstract was accepted at the conference but I cannot attend in person
We aim to organise a conference that is accessible and environmentally friendly, so we encourage “digital participation” and the #FlyingLess movement. Following successful admission to the conference, you will be given the option of attending it in person or presenting your poster pitch, poster, and interacting with other participants via a Skype call.