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18:00 - 19:30 29 May 2012

The Science of Happiness


Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre | Roberts Building (link Map)
Torrington Place | London | WC1E 7JE |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Tali Sharot, UCL Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences
Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, UCL School of Public Policy
Dr Gemma Harper, Chief Social Researcher, DEFRA
Dr Stephen Hicks, Assistant Programme Director - Measuring National Well-being, ONS

Happiness, wellbeing and quality of life have been climbing up the public policy agenda in recent years, with governments apparently devoting increasing attention to how to improve people’s life satisfaction. But what lies beneath these warm words about the need to improve quality of life?

This event will bring researchers and policy-makers together to explore some of the evidence on what makes people happy, considering the relations between genes and happiness and what causes humans to be optimistic. It will seek to draw out the implications for policy and consider how policy-makers can act to help to improve quality of life and deliver on their promises of happiness.


Sarah Chaytor
+44 (0) 20 7679 8584 | s.chaytor@ucl.ac.uk


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