The School of Psychology at The University of Queensland is delighted to announce the return of the UQ Compassion Symposium for 2023.

The eighth iteration of this beloved event, the Symposium will bring together researchers, clinicians and students from a range of disciplines to showcase compassion-based research and practice. 

Keynote: Friday 8 September 2023
Conference: Saturday 9 September 2023
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (exact location details to be confirmed)

The 2023 full-day format will again include two concurrent streams to provide an array of session options to conference delegates. Presenters will be given a 30-minute time-slot, which includes time for questions and discussion.

Registration details will be released shortly.

Please note this will be an ‘in person’ only event.

About Compassion Symposium

This cross-disciplinary symposium is designed to bring together academics, clinicians, researchers, and students from different disciplines within The University of Queensland and from the community, to present on how compassion is or could be a part of their research, studies, or practice.

The compassion symposium consists of the free keynote address, and the full-day conference.

Call for presenters

The UQ School of Psychology's Compassionate Mind Research Group is pleased to invite submissions for paper and/or poster presentations for the 2023 UQ Compassion Symposium conference on Saturday September 9.

We are interested in research and practical applications of compassion across the lifespan (children, teens, adults, older adults) and in multiple contexts (therapy, workplace, school). Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): 

  • Compassion
  • Self-compassion
  • Mindfulness
  • Empathy
  • Altruism
  • Morality
  • Positive psychology
  • Forgiveness
  • Emotions (e.g. shame, anger)
  • Intervention research
  • Assessment research

Application requirements

Applications to present should include the following information:

Personal Information 

  • Full name
  • Organisation/affiliation
  • Email address
  • Contact number
  • Brief professional bio (250 words max) to be included in the conference program

Presentation/Poster Information 

  • Presentation or poster title
  • Abstract/summary (250 words max)
  • Focus (research, practice, philosophy, etc.)
  • Format (lecture, workshop, demonstration)

Submission and review

Please submit your completed application via the link below. Submissions close Friday 2 June. All submissions will be notified via email of the status of their application. All accepted speakers will receive free admission to the Symposium.

Submit application


Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (exact location details to be confirmed)

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