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Welcome to the website
of the Czech Positive Psychology Centre!


The Czech Positive Psychology Centre (CPPC) was established in 2008 in reaction to the ENPP demand for promoting positive psychology in Europe.
The activities provided by the CPPC (conferences, workshops,
seminars, lectures, research, international cooperation) are open to all professionals and students interested in positive psychology.
One of the feature activities of the Centre was co-organizing a Symposium on Positive Psychology with Martin Seligman, which took place in Prague in June 2010.

The CPPC was also the main organizer of the 1st Czech Positive Psychology Conference CPPC 2012, and it is co-organizer of the 2nd International Conference on Positive Psychology in the Czech Republic.

All colleagues interested in international cooperation in research, teaching, and/or application of positive psychology are warmly welcome!


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June 2023:

A new book published by Springer in the series Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology: "Hope Across Cultures: Lessons from the International Hope Barometer" (Krafft, Guse,& Slezackova, 2023). Open access. The book is available here.


June 2022:

10th European Conference on Positive Psychology is taking place between 29 June – 2 July 2022, in Reykjavik, Island. Learn more at the conference website: https://ecpp2020.com


April 2022:

Registration is open for the International Summer School "Applied Positive Psychology for Health and Well-being"

Where? University of Malta Valletta Campus, Malta
When? 19th - 24th September 2022

This one-week workshop for practitioners responds to the increased demand for mental health and well-being promotion and offers a broad overview of findings and strategies applicable in practice and everyday life.  It emphasizes the scientific understanding of practical conditions that enhance mental health, well-being, and flourishing both on an individual and societal level. It is intended for participants in careers such as health care, education, community development, social innovation, law, and economics amongst others, equipping them with tools and skills in enhancing their own well-being and growth and that of others. It includes such areas as promoting personal growth, well-being, and resilience, coping effectively with difficult life situations, developing optimistic and flexible thinking, adopting positive ways of communication and developing healthy relationships, using character strengths more effectively, and contributing to healthy functioning of social systems and contexts. The workshop is offered by the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health and is accredited by the University of Malta. It will be held face to face at the University of Malta Valletta Campus between 19th and 25th September 2022 and is led by Professor Alena Slezackova, Director of the Czech Positive Psychology Center at Masaryk University, Czech Republic. Registration forms and further details may be found at rachelle.mifsud@um.edu.mt


January 2021

Everybody talks about it: Will it be „Optimism and Hope“ to help master the challenges of pandemics and to have an orientation for a good and better future thereafter? And how will this work? Is it really effective?
To answer these questions the Academy for Children, Youth and Family together with Seligman Europe decided to organize an INTERNATIONAL Online CONFERENCE: HOPE AND OPTIMISM with Martin Seligman, Alena Slezackova, Joachim Bauer, Philip Streit and Ernst Fritz-Schubert on 20th of February 2021.
Learn more and register here.


December 2020:

Save the date! The 7th IPPA World Congress (from July 15-17, 2021)  is going virtual!


November 2020: 

We recommend an eight-week online course "Positive Psychology Foundations" (January 27 - March 17, 2021) which consists of 8 weekly webinars hosted by two leading UK experts – Miriam Akhtar MAPP and Dr Chris Johnstone. 


July 2020:

The registration and abstract submission for the 7th World Congress of Positive Psychology is now open!

When? July 15-18, 2021
Where? Vancouver, Canada


June 2020:

Join the H4H - Humanity for Hope Global Movement !

More than 40 representatives of positive psychology from several nationalities have voluntarily joined the H4H movement, offering a wealth of knowledge and experience on the topics of well-being, happiness, hope, health, leadership, parenting, sustainability, and World Peace among others. 
Your registration fee will be donated to entities that work in the distribution of food and personal protective equipment in the COVID-19 pandemic.


April 2020:

The 10th European Conference on Positive Psychology has been postponed to June 2022.
Learn more at: https://ecpp2020.com


March 2020:

Join the online mindfulness meditation sessions with Jon Kabat-Zinn!


January 2020:

The first discussion evening "Mindful Evening" will take place at Faculty of Arts, MU, on Wednesday Feb 19, 2020. Programme: What is mindfulness and what is not. Results of empirical studies and suggestions for practice.

Organizer: Mindfulness Research and Practice Network of MU.
Lector: Zuzana Spackova, MD.


November 2019:

Launching online data collection for the Czech part of the annual Hope Barometer Research programme!


September 2019:

A lecture entitled "Psychological aspects of religiosity and religious coping and their relatedness to well-being" presented by dr. Patryk Stecz (Department of Preventive and Addiction Psychology, Institute of Psychology, University of Lodz, Poland)  will be held at the Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, MU, on Tuesday September 24, 2019.


March 2019:

A lecture entitled "Well-being Is a Skill: Perspectives From Affective and Contemplative Neuroscience" presented by Prof. Richard J. Davidson (Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA). 
When: 14th March 2019 at 5 PM
Where: Mendel´s refectory, Augustinian Abbey, Mendlovo namesti 1a, Brno

Learn more here.
The audiovideo recording of the lecture is available here.


February 2019:

The 33rd EFPSA Congress with the title "A search for Happiness" will be held in Grenaa, Denmark, between the 7th and 14th of April 2019. For more information visit the website!

The 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology will be held in Melbourne, Australia between July 18 to 21, 2019!
The full details of the program for the 6th World Congress are now available online here

2nd Positive Psychology in Practice conference will take place in Utrecht, Netherlands on 24th - 25th October 2019. Find more information here.


September 2018:

Submit your abstract to present at the 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology!
IPPA is accepting abstracts to present at the 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology in Melbourne, Australia in 2019! The deadline to submit is October 31, 2018.

Learn more at  http://wcpp2019melbourne.com
 WCPP 19 Call for Submissions Flyer.pdf.


June 2018:

The special lecture by Prof. Tharina Guse (Dept. of Psychology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)  entitled"Hope among South African adults: preliminary findings from the Hope-Barometer Survey 2017“ will take place on Monday June 25, 2018, at 2:00pm at the Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno, CZ.


May 2018:

Check the scientific programme of the 9th European Conference on Positive Psychology, held between June 27.-30, 2018  in Budapest, Hunfgary:

December 2017:

The photographs from the special lectures and workshop of Prof. Johan Potgeiter (North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa) entitled „The understanding of well-being: Theories, findings, and implications for interventions. Novel approaches to the facilitation of health and well-being from a strengths perspective“, held at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, in November 2017, were uploded into the Photo album.


November 2017:

Do not miss the registration deadline for the First Africa Positive Psychology Conference which will be held in Potchefstroom, South Africa, from the 4th to the 7th of April 2018! Find more information at: http://appc2018.org/


October 2017:

Set of special lectures and practical workshop on the topic „The understanding of well-being: Theories, findings, and implications for interventions. Novel approaches to the facilitation of health and well-being from a strengths perspective“ were conducted by Prof. Johan Potgieter (North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa) between October 2 to 14, 2017, at Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno.


April 2017:

Four documentary movies on happiness will be screened at the 52. International Festival on Science Documentary Films AFO in Olomouc, Czech Republic, between April 28 to 29, 2017.
Opening Statement and lecture presenting the results of domestic research in the field of positive psychology will be delivered by Prof. Alena Slezackova.
We recommend the following movies:
"Happy": Friday April 28, 2017 at 17:00
"The Happy Film": Friday April 28, 2017 at 20:00
"The Truth About Personality": Saturday April 29, 2017 at 18:00
"Three Revolutions in the History of Happiness": Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 20:00


March 2017:
The training workshop and special lecture by Prof. Carmel Cefai (Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta) on RESCUR programme for building resilience in children and youth was successfully held at Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno on March 27 to 29, 2017.
Photos can be viewed here.


January 2017:
The special lecture and workshop by Prof.
Carmel Cefai (University of Malta) on RESCUR programme for building resilience in children and youth  will be held between March 27 to 29, 2017, at Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno. 


December 2016:
The preliminary program of the Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology
has been posted at http://www.ippanetwork.org/wcpp2017/program/


August 2016:
The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) is seeking proposals for presentations at the Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology, which will be held between July 13 -16, 2017 in Montréal, Québec.
The Abstract submission deadline is September 30, 2016


April 2016:

Let us cordially invite you to the special lecture of Dr. Andreas Krafft (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland) with the title "Results from the Hope Barometer: The two faces of hope - Cognitive and transcendent dimensions" which will be held on Wednesday April 27, 2016 at Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno.


November 2015:
The 8th European Conference on Positive Psychology,will be held in Angers, France in June 2016!
More information at: http://ecpp2016.com/


October 2015:
The results of the Czech part of the international survey Hope Barometer will be presented in the invited lecture at the 103rd Indian Science Congress, Mysore, India in January 5, 2016. See the pictures in the Photogallery!


July 2015:

The first Swiss Conference on Hope will be held at University of Bern Switzerland, on Monday September 7th, 2015.
See more information and program here.
Flyer to download:

May 2015:
The 4th IPPA World Congress Program Posted!

See more at the IPPA Congress website!


April 2015: 
Invitation to multinational research on well-being

On behalf of Helena Águeda Marujo, PhD  (Lisbon University, Portugal) we cordially invite you to take part in two international studies on Well-being.
The studies are being conducted in 9 countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece,  Israel, Poland,  Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland) and we need to gather data in these countries as soon as possible.
Please help us through answering the questionnaire in your own language and spreading the two following links among others!

Study One: Life Style and Well-being
Study Two: Physical Activity and Well-being

We appreciate your effort to support science of positive psychology.
Thank you!


April 2015:

Let us cordially invite you to the lecture of British positive psychologist Bridget Grenville-Cleave, MAPP, which will be held on Wednesday April 22nd, 2015 at 10:50 at Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno.
Abstract: In this lecture we will briefly explore the theory and evidence underpinning the need for teaching and training resilience techniques in children and adults as well as practice some of the key skills individually, in pairs and small groups. Reference will be made to the award-winning Bounce Back resilience program for K-Y8 and Action for Happiness’s resilience and well-being programme for business managers, 'Doing Well from the Inside Out’.


January 2015:
The deadline to submit the abstract for IPPA Congress 2015 has been extended to January 31st, 2015!
For more information, or to submit an abstract, visit: www.ippanetwork.org/wcpp2015/cfp


December 2014:
IPPA Congress 2015 - Call for proposals is now open!
The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) is seeking proposals for presentations at the Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology, which will be held June 25 - 28, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Historically, the World Congress has been the largest gathering of positive psychology researchers, practitioners and students, offering an unparalleled opportunity to share your work with colleagues from around the globe. IPPA is seeking proposals for presentations and posters that will introduce research, ideas, applications, and insights to our field. The submission deadline is January 15, 2015. For submission guidelines and other details visit: http://www.ippanetwork.org/wcpp2015/cfp


November 2014:
18.11.2014: Symposium on Hope, Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts, Brno, the Czech Republic
Alena Slezackova: "Hope as an subject of scientific research: What did the results of Czech studies reveal?"
Klara Benesova, Monika Kupcova, Lenka Vildova, Kitti Farkasova, Alena Slezackova & Tatiana Malatincova: "Hope for the next generation: The psychosocial context of hope in children aged 8-12 years"
Katarina Millova: "It is worth to be an active child: What are the predictors of hope in childhood and adolescence?"
Daniel Vodrazka: "Students give hope: Presentation of students non-profit organisation Mission of Hope"
Alena Slezackova: "How to maintain a hopeful attitude to life?"

October 2014:
Explore the new IPPA website and get more information about the Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology which will be held in Florida, USA
in June 2015!


July 2014:

Many thanks to the organisers of the 7th European Conference on Positive Psychology  held in Amsterdam!
The ECPP 2014 was great event, everything was going smoothly and the scientific program was excellent.
Looking forward to the 8th ECPP congress in Angers, France, in 2016!

June 2014:

The Academic Centre for Positive Psychology ACPP, affiliated to the Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno, was established in June 1st, 2014.
The aim of the Centre is to promote research in positive psychology and develop international academic collaboration.
English version of the ACPP website coming soon.


April 2014: 

Registration for the 7th European Conference on Positive Psychology ECPP held in Amsterdam in July 2014 is now open!
Kindly visit: http://www.ecpp2014.nl/

March and April 2014:

Set of invited lectures of representatives of European positive psychology held at Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno:

15.-16.4. 2014:
Ricado Arguis Rey & Silvie H. Paniello (Teachers’ Centre “Juan de Lanuza” of Zaragoza, Spain):
"Positive Education: Promoting Learning and Happiness in the Classrooms" (Lecture)
"Happy Classrooms. The Cultivation of Mindfulness and Character Strengths in Educational Settings"
See more
here and here

Andreas Krafft (University of St. Galen, Switzerland): "Management of Innovation and Personal Wellbeing" (Lecture)
"Hope and Positive Attributes – Towards creating our best future" (Workshop)
See more
here and here

Philip Streit (Institut für Kind, Jugend und Familie, Graz, Austria): "Positive Psychology Interventions for Therapy, Counseling, Coaching and Leadership" (Lecture)
"Positive Psychology Interventions for Therapy, Counseling, Coaching and Leadership" (Workshop)
See more


August 2013:

Martin Seligman, Mihályi Csikszentmihályi, Robert Biswas-Diener and Barbara Fredrickson in central Europe in 2014!
For more information about the lectures and workshops click here.

June, 2013:

We thank to all invited speakers and participants of the CPPC 2013 conference for their significant contribution to high professional level of the event and friendly atmosphere.


May, 2013:

Date of the 2nd International Conference on Positive Psychology in the Czech Republic (CPPC 2013) is approaching!
The Scientific Program, detailed guidelines for oral and poster presentations, and other useful information are available at

November, 2012:

Registration and Abstract submission for the 2nd International Conference on Positive Psychology in the Czech Republic (CPPC 2013) is now open!
Please visit: http://www.cppc2013.eu/en/

July, 2012:


The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) has announced the launch of six new divisions for researchers and practitioners interested in the fields of Basic Research, Clinical Psychology, Coaching, Education, Health, and Organizations.
For anyone interested in the application of positive psychology in a particular field, these IPPA divisions present an exciting opportunity.
Participation in IPPA divisions is open to any Association member with an interest in these topics.
If you're not yet a member, we invite you to join IPPA today and get involved immediately in the important work of these divisions!

To read more about the new IPPA divisions and to learn how you can get involved (including how to become an IPPA member), visit http://www.ippanetwork.org/about/ippa_divisions/.

IPPA was founded in 2007 with the mission to promote the science of positive psychology and its research-based applications and has attracted thousand of members from many professions and more than 70 countries.  For more information about the Association, please visit http://www.ippanetwork.org/about_ippa/.