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Emotions and consciousness will be considered and discussed throughout the Congress from the following perspectives:


  • Psychology
  • Neurobiology
  • Philosophy
  • Meditation
  • Arts
  • Education
  • School programmes
  • Resilience
  • Empathy through telephone, Internet and chat
  • Day-to-day communication


The structure of the Congress will be organised in various forms:


  • Plenary and semi-plenary sessions
  • Parallel lectures
  • Workshops
  • Discussion groups
  • Poster presentations
  • Round Table

Schedule of the programme (PDF)

Overview of the programme (PDF)

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Program Overview

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Welcome Day


14.00 - 19.30


Registration of participants

(registration also possible on following days at the secretariat desk)



Welcome from the City and the Province of Prato

Welcome reception at the Emperor’s Castle


Thursday, 12 July 2007

Emotions: psychology, empathy and neurosciences






Opening ceremony

Welcome by presidents of IFOTES and TAI

Greetings from Italian Authorities

Conference show



10.00 - 11.30





Plenary session

Klaus Scherer – Univ. Geneva (CH): “Understanding emotional competence”

Boris Cyrulnik – Univ. Toulon (F):Empathy: to be concerned by others "






Coffee Break

12.00 - 13.15









Semi-plenary session

Research team – Univ. Geneva (CH): “The influence of personality, emotional competence and empathy on emotion-regulation: dealing with emotions in different types of social interactions”


Research team – Univ. Padua (I): “The letter in a bottle in the InternetOcean: implicit requests for help in e-mails sent to Telefono Amico Italia










TES Parallel Lectures
Telephone Emergency Services: Listening on the phone and internet

Telephone Emergency Services: Challenges for a 40 year old organisation











Plenary session

Gerald Hüther – Univ. Göttingen (D): “The compassionate brain: emotional activation and the transformation of novel experiences into novel neuronal connectivity patterns”

Andy Roxburgh – UEFA, Geneva (CH): Emotions and football



Coffee Break







Semi-plenary session (as at 12.00-13-15)

Research team – Univ. Geneva (CH)

Research team – Univ. Padua (I)


TES Parallel Lectures


Friday, 13 July 2007

Emotions: philosophy and meditation








Plenary session

Jayanti Kirpalani, BKWSU (UK): Mastery of the self and circumstances through Raja Yoga Meditation”


Roberto Garaventa, Univ. Chieti-Pescara (I): “Emotional experiences when life has
no meaning: a philosophical approach”





Coffee break










Parallel lectures

Existential boredom and the meaning of life

Emotions and health

Suicide prevention

Research programmes on TES work and volunteers


Discussion groups













Social and cultural programme

Chianti tour

Florence tour

Montecatini tour




Saturday, 14 July 2007

Emotions: communication, arts and body language





Plenary session

Thomas d’Ansembourg with Dominique Lahaut, Bruxelles (B): “War and Peace in the life of a couple: short domestic scenes”



Coffee break











Parallel lectures

Education Programme for Children
Education Programme for Adolescents
Internet Counselling
TES and Crisis Helplines Development
Building Emotional Health at Work and in Daily Life


Discussion groups









Plenary session

Paolo Fresu, Italian jazz musician (I): “Emotions in music”





Coffee break




Poster presentations



Gala evening at Palazzo Corsini - Florence




Sunday, 15 July 2007

Future education in schools. Emotional health - a new consciousness




Plenary session

Emotional education in schools – exploring some programmes around the world









Round Table: Emotional Health – a new consciousness

Jose Bertolote, World Health Organisation (CH)

Brian Mishara, International Association for Suicide Prevention (CDN)

Mark Milton, IFOTES (CH)

Steve Evans, Samaritans (UK/ROI)

Mary Parsisson, Life Line International (AUS)


Moderator: Gennaro Schettino, journalist (I)





Coffee break




Summary of the congress




Closing Ceremony

Presentation of the host city for next IFOTES congress

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