Call For Papers

March 12, 2012

Meaning Conference 2016

Since 2000, the INPM’s International Meaning Conference has been the only world congress totally dedicated to meaning-oriented research and applications. It has been a gathering place for all those interested in making a difference in the world through meaning—regardless of their disciplines or theoretical perspectives.

The International Meaning Conference is globally known for its quality programs, distinguished speakers, positive atmosphere of collegiality and open-mindedness, and exchange of provocative ideas, where traditional barriers fade in light of shared higher purpose.

Between programs, there are many opportunities for conversation, reflection, and discussion about collaborative research with individuals with whom one does not normally meet at conferences only devoted to one discipline or school of psychology.

Conference Themes

  • The evolution of positive psychology & the emerging PP2.0
  • Working with meaning-in life issues in counselling, coaching, & therapy
  • Meaning- and purpose-oriented practices to enhance positive management & organizations
  • Research supporting meaning-oriented interventions that enhance health & human flourishing
  • Exploring universal values & virtues such as happiness, meaning, compassion & human dignity
  • Understanding terrorism and/or heroism & responses to them from a meaning perspective
  • Focusing on self-transcendence in spiritual & palliative care
  • Incorporating personal & cultural contexts in well-being research
  • Other topics related to spirituality, self-transcendence, & PP2.0

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are not restricted to the above conference themes. We welcome submissions on a wide variety of topics related to the broad domains of meaning research and applications, such as resilience, addiction recovery, positive education, life and death education, and psychotherapy. Both qualitative and quantitative presentations are welcome.

Presentation Types

Please submit all abstracts to and include the words “Meaning Conference 2016 Submission” in the email title.

  • Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2016
  • Notice of acceptance: Before May 20, 2016


Symposia are 60-minute presentations by 3-5 individuals who address a common theme or topic. Ten minutes should be reserved for questions from the audience. Proposals for symposia should include a 300-word overview and abstracts from the individual participants of about 300 words.

Note: If you seek CE Credits, please also include a 100-word biography for each presenter as well as learning objectives.

Paper Sessions

Individual oral presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes and will be grouped with two other presentations. Individual papers should include a 500-word abstract and an indication of which conference theme(s) apply to it. If your submission is not accepted for an oral presentation, it will be reviewed for a poster presentation.

Note: If you seek CE Credits, please also include a 100-word biography as well as learning objectives.


Workshops may range from 1 to 2 hours. Typically, they involve interaction with participants with a focus on interventions. Workshop proposals should include a 500-word overview and a 100-word biography which includes the presenter’s education and professional experience.


Poster submissions should include a 500-word abstract. Posters will be displayed on 4’ x 3’ (121cm x 91cm) poster boards.