2nd International Conference on Well-being in Education Systems
Locarno, 12, 13 and 14 November 2019

Psychological research has made progress in providing a solid basis for reflection on the importance of well-being in education systems as well as on the tools and actions for promoting it. Evidence shows that well-being in education systems has clear positive effects on both students and teachers: teachers can work and teach better in an environment where they experience positive emotions, feel fulfilled and engage in supportive and non-conflicting relationships; less stressed students, who experience positive emotions, good social interaction and a safe environment, can learn better and are less exposed to health and developmental risks.

Measuring, promoting, protecting, monitoring and enhancing the well-being of students and teachers can be the starting point for a reflection on education systems and their future, where well-being becomes a primary goal rather than an incidental positive side effect of virtuous educational policies.

The 2nd edition of the International Conference on Well-being in Education Systems, organized by the Competence Centre for Innovation and Research on Education Systems (CIRSE) of the Department of Education and Learning of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, aims at orienting the scientific debate towards a new perspective: well-being as an individual and social resource, well-being as a necessary prerequisite to achieve educational objectives, well-being as a tool of equity and inclusion.

Following the lead of the first edition, the Conference wishes to bring together teachers, researchers and practitioners to foster a debate where theory meets practice.

Topics of the conference

The Competence Centre for Innovation and Research on Education Systems (CIRSE), renews its invitation to submit papers concerning original research, studies and literature reviews on the following topics:

  1. Approaches and tools for measuring well-being in education systems
  2. Positive psychology and education systems
  3. School climate, sense of belonging, community
  4. Well-being, literacy and school achievement
  5. Promotion of well-being and prevention of stress in schools
  6. Well-being in educational transitions, from early childhood to adulthood
  7. Well-being in childhood and adolescence
  8. Public policy and reforms for well-being in schools
  9. Personality, individual differences and well-being
  10. Teachers’ well-being, self-actualization and job satisfaction
  11. Work/study and life balance
  12. Emotions and learning
  13. Special educational needs and students’ well-being


The official conference languages are English and Italian; simultaneous interpreting in both languages will be provided for plenary sessions.