'Toward a Scientific Theory of Free Will' presented by Professor Roy F Baumeister

Professor Roy F BaumeisterProfessor Roy Baumeister is one of the world’s most prolific and influential psychologists. He has published well over 500 scientific articles and more than 30 books. In 2013, he received the highest award given by the Association for Psychological Science, the William James Fellow award, in recognition of his lifetime achievements.

Roy's keynote combines a conceptual discussion of the grand problem of free will with laboratory studies, including work on self-control and decision making, as well as studies on manipulated disbelief in free will. It seeks to provide a scientific understanding of free will as an evolved form of action control suited to enable human beings to function in their complex social environment, including culture.​

Event Proceedings

  • 6:00pm - Registration opens
  • 6:15pm - Drinks and canapes served
  • 7:00pm - Keynote address commences
  • 8:00pm - Estimated end of event

This is a free public lecture.

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.

About the Event

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. 

Registration for the Keynote Address and the Compassion Conference is now open. See below for full details and to register.

Keynote Address

At our 2023 Compassion Symposium Keynote Address, we are excited to welcome Dr Marcela Matos, Clinical Psychologist and Auxiliary Researcher at the Center for Research in Neuropsychology and Cognitive and Behavioral Intervention (CINEICC), University of Coimbra, Portugal. 
Marcela will open the symposium with her talk titled 'The compassion (r)evolution: From easing suffering to awakening flourishing'.
For more information about Dr Matos and her presentation, click here.

The Keynote Address is a free in-person event.
Registration is essential.

Compassion Conference

The Compassion Conference is a full-day 'in-person' event which boasts an impressive and diverse line up of practitioners and researchers. Learn how compassion can be integrated into research, practice, work and daily life.


Advanced Engineering Building (49)
St Lucia  
GHD Auditorium