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Our sixth annual meeting will take place at Freie Universität Berlin from the 24th - 25th of February 2025.

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Past Meetings

Members of our network usually get together on an annual basis to discuss their latest research and new ideas. In the following, you can find some information to each of our meetings thus far.

Our fifth annual meeting went on the road to Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg where we met for two days at the beginning of March 2024. Our distinguished keynote speaker Anne Reitz (University of Greifswald) gave an inspiring speech on the development of well-being across life and its connection to various life events. Our five parallel sessions featured presentations on important topics such internal migration and immigration, health, current methodological challenges and many more.

Our fourth annual meeting was held at the end of February at Freie Universität Berlin. Our distinguished keynote speaker Bruno Frey (CREMA) provided a thought provoking display on what role well-being research should play for policy making. In our four parallel sessions young and senior researchers shared their current projects with an international audience and engaged in interesting and constructive discussions. The sessions featured presentations on important topics such as unemployment, social comparisons, time use, status competition and methodological advances.

Keynote by Alois Stutzer

Keynote by Alois Stutzer

Participating members

Participating members

In 2022, members of BeWell met for the first time in-person since the beginning of the pandemic. The meeting in honor of Ronnie Schöb was held at Leucorea in Lutherstadt-Wittenberg. In his keynote, Alois Stutzer presented his work joint work with Reto Odermatt on people's systematic prediction errors in their evaluation of future well-being and consequences for individual welfare. In our parallel sessions, we discussed novel measures of well-being, the effect of the pandemic and various topics on well-being and public policy.

Our meeting was recognized by the local media where Clemens Hetschko gave an interview on the general scope of well-being research.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our second meeting had to be postponed to 2021 and was organized as a series of weekly online sessions at the beginning of the year. It featured interesting talks on the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Well-being, the value of household work and the causal effect of emotions on anti-immigration sentiments, amongst others.

In 2019, soon-to-be members of BeWell met for the first time at Freie Universität to exchange their work and ideas on well-being research across disciplines. The presentations investigated how subjective well-being is related to unemployment, overeducation, age and green self-image amongst others. The great success of our first meeting was reflected in the official founding of the Berlin Network of Research on Well-Being in 2020.