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March 1, 2019

Pan-Asian Symposium on Morality, Character and Wisdom


Dear Friends of the Institute -

We are pleased to post this recent announcement about a new conference on morality, character and wisdom.



Pan-Asian Symposium on Morality, Character and Wisdom

July 23rd-25th 2019
Colombo, Sri Lanka

We would like to draw your attention to the first Pan-Asian symposium on Morality, Character, and Wisdom, July 23rd-25th in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

With the generous support of the Templeton World Charity Foundation, the symposium will bring together top scientists interested in the questions of morality, character development, and wisdom (e.g., empathy, open-mindedness, humility). The symposium aims to providing a novel platform for fostering meaningful research connections for scholars from different parts of the world. It will also include a session on applying character virtues and wisdom in medical settings. It will be the first meeting of its kind in the Asian region.

We are happy to offer travel honoraria to subsidize travel and hotel costs to accepted participants (we anticipate providing 50 awards, with priority given to researchers from the Asian region).

The format of the symposium is single‐session, with a mix of keynotes, short “data-blitz” format flash talks, a poster session, a presentation of new funding opportunities, workshops on state-of-the-art measurement of virtues and wisdom, and cultural activities. To ensure the symposium will foster discussion in a small-group setting across specialists in the fields of psychology, philosophy, and education, the conference is limited to 70 participants. The symposium will begin with the theme of morality and character on day one, followed by a wisdom theme on day two, and concluded with a morning session on day three focused on morality, character, and wisdom in the medical setting.

We invite both junior and senior researchers to submit a 150 words summary of their proposed presentation by April 1st, 2019 online here.

Inquiries about the symposium or location can be directed to characterwisdomasia@gmail.com. The conference will take place at Hilton Colombo, which has been awarded the title of Sri Lanka’s Leading Hotel and Sri Lanka’s Leading Business Hotel at the World Travel Awards.

Best regards,

Eranda Jayawickreme
Igor Grossmann
Santushi Amarasuriya