Meaning in Life Conference 2022

Meaning in Life (MIL)
International Conference 2022

Cultivating, Promoting, and Enhancing Meaning in Life
Across Cultures and Life Span

On 22-25 June 2022, Onsite & Live Online
at RLB303, The Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong, China

About the Conference

The concept of meaning in life (MIL) has recently earned a renaissance of interest. Although MIL has always been framed as significant for human survival, it has simultaneously been portrayed as chronically lacking in people’s lives. Furthermore, though MIL has been seen as a universal need, it is also highly idiosyncratic. These paradoxes of MIL being a basic necessity but also a rare commodity, and as being universal yet idiosyncratic, have driven the quest for meaning throughout history and across disciplines. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only been changing and impacting the ways we live, but also initiates us to quest more about what still makes life meaningful in this chaotic, challenging, and uncertain world? The increasing quest for MIL provides the driver for meaning-enhancing interventions and meaning-centered practices, but the efficacy of these interventions is influenced by cultural and developmental moderators. Thus, the MIL International Conference 2022 will focus on the theme of cultivating, promoting, and enhancing meaning in life across cultures and life span, and welcomes paper presentations that share and discuss empirical-based and evidence-based MIL research, practice, and applications.

The Meaning in Life International Conference 2022 is supported by the Inter-Institutional Development Scheme (UGC/IIDS15(17)/H01/20) funded by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong Special Administration Region

Keynote Speakers

Professor Michael F. Steger
Professor, Department of Psychology; Director, Centre for Meaning and Purpose, Colorado State University, United States

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Dr Pninit Russo-Netzer
Senior Lecturer, Head of the Education Department, Achva Academic College;
Head of the Compass Institute for the Study of Meaning in Life; Head of the Logotherapy training program, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

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Professor Satoshi SHIMAI
Professor of Psychological Sciences, Kansai University of Welfare Sciences, Japan

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Professor Samantha J. Heintzelman
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University – Newark, United States

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Dr Joel Vos
Researcher and Psychologist, Metanoia Institute.
Chairperson, International Meaning Conferences (IMEC), England

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Dr Travis Proulx
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, England

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Panel Discussion Speakers

Professor Lap Yan KUNG
Director of the Centre for Quality-Life Education, Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Dr. Ho Man Raymond KONG
Lecturer, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Education University of Hong Kong

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陳穗 Ms. Jessica CHAN
General Secretary, Methodist Centre for Quality Life Education

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Ms. Yick-Man Mon LAM
Senior Manager, Youth Services, St. James’ Settlement

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Program Schedule

MIL 2022 Program Booklet

Day 1

22 June, 2022 (Wednesday)

HK Time (HKT)Activity
09:00-09:30Onsite / Online Registration
09:30-09:35Conference Welcoming Speech 
Dr Alex CHAN
MIL 2022 International Conference Chairperson, HKSAR
09:35-09:40Professor H. S. CHUI
President, Gratia Christian College, HKSAR
09:45-10:45Keynote Lecture I (K1)
A Search for Common Ground in Meaning in Life Interventions

Keynote Speaker
Professor Michael F. STEGER
Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, Centre for Meaning and Purpose
Colorado State University
10:45-11:15Q and A Session with Professor Michael F. STEGER
11:15-11:30Break
11:30-12:30Breakout Session 1 (B1) 
MIL and Post-traumatic Growth
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Breakout Session 2 (B2) 
Perspectives on MIL
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12:30-14:00Lunch Break – e-Poster Session 1 (P1)

P1-1 A Study of the Relationship Between Anxiety on COVID-19, Death Anxiety, Meaning in Life and Psychological Distress on Hong Kong Youths
Raymond Chi-Fai CHUI and Wai-Tin WONG
Hong Kong Shue Yan University, HKSAR

P1-2 The Relationship Among Self-Esteem, Purpose in Life, Life Satisfaction and Attitude Towards Deaths of Youth in Hong Kong
Sze-Ching LEUNG and Raymond Chi-Fai CHUI
Hong Kong Shue Yan University, HKSAR
14:00-15:20Breakout Session 3 (B3)
MIL and Education
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Breakout Session 4 (B4)
MIL, Prosociality, & Well-being
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15:20-15:30Break
15:30-16:30Keynote Session II (K2)
Meaning in Life Across Cultures and Times: An Evidence-based Overview

Keynote Speaker
Dr Joel VOS
Researcher and Psychologist, Metanoia Institute 
Chairperson, International Meaning Conference (IMEC)
16:30-17:30Keynote Workshop I (KW1)
Working with Meaning in Life in Psychological Therapies

Keynote Speaker
Dr Joel VOS
Researcher and Psychologist, Metanoia Institute 
Chairperson, International Meaning Conference (IMEC)

Day 2

23 June, 2022 (Thursday)

HK Time (HKT)Activity
09:00-09:30Onsite / Online Registration
09:30-10:30Keynote Lecture III (K3)
Meaning in Life: From Mundane to Profound

Keynote Speaker
Professor Samantha J. HEINTZELMAN
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Rutgers University – Newark
10:30-11:00Q and A Session with Professor Samantha J. HEINTZELMAN
11:00-11:10Break
11:10-12:30Breakout Session 5 (B5): 
MIL Across Lifespan
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Breakout Session 6 (B6): 
MIL and Lifestyle
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12:30-14:00Lunch Break – e-Poster Session 2 (P2)

P2-1 Correlation Between the Trait of Gratitude and Meaning in Life (MIL) in Terms of Presence of Meaning & Searching for Meaning
Hin Yiu LI
Hong Kong Shue Yan University, HKSAR

P2-2 Elderly Facing Death During the Pandemic: The Ethical Dilemma of Hong Kong Christians
Ho Yee WU
Hong Kong Baptist University, HKSAR
14:00-15:00Breakout Session 7 (B7) 
MIL Across Cultures
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Breakout Session 8 (B8) 
MIL, Religion, and Spirituality
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15:00-15:30Break
15:30-16:30Keynote Session IV (K4)
Engaging with Life: Synchronicity Experiences as an Underexplored Pathway to Meaning in Life and Well-being

Keynote Speaker
Dr Pninit RUSSO-NETZER
Senior Lecturer, Head of the Education Department, Achva Academic College
Head of the Compass Institute for the Study of Meaning in Life
Head of the Logotherapy training program, Tel-Aviv University
16:30-17:00Q and A Session with Dr Pninit RUSSO-NETZER

Day 3

24 June, 2022 (Friday)

HK Time
(HKT)
Activity
09:00-09:30Onsite / Online Registration
09:30-10:30Keynote Lecture V (K5)
Search for Meaning is a Healthy Part of Life among Japanese Adults

Keynote Speaker
Professor Satoshi SHIMAI
Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Kansai University of Welfare Sciences
10:30-11:00Q and A Session with Professor Satoshi SHIMAI
11:00-11:30Break
11:30-12:30Breakout Session 9 (B9) 
MIL with Suffering
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Breakout Session 10 (B10) 
MIL & Resilience
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12:30-14:00Lunch Break – e-Poster Session 3 (P3)

P3-1 Finding Meaning Through Service Leadership Education and Training: The Case of Saudi Arabia Vision 2030
Hildie LEUNG and Anoud ALHAMAD
Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Saudi Arabia
14:00-15:00Breakout Session 11 (B11)
MIL and Identity
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Breakout Session 12 (B12)
MIL & Existentialism
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15:00-15:30Break
15:30-16:30Keynote Session VI (K6)
The Meaning Maintenance Model – Making Sense of Sense-making

Keynote Speaker
Dr Travis PROULX
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
16:30-17:30Keynote Workshop II (KW2)
The Psychophysiology of the Absurd

Keynote Speaker
Dr Travis PROULX
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Day 4

25 June, 2022 (Saturday)

HK Time
(HKT)
Activity
09:00-10:00Online/Onsite Registration
10:00-12:00Local Forum and Panel Session (in Cantonese)
Life and Death Education in Hong Kong

Keynote Speakers:
Live Well, Die Well: Insights from Ars Moriendi and Bardo Thodol
Professor Lap-Yan KUNG
Director of the Centre for Quality-Life Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Life Education and School. Development: The Case of Hong Kong
Dr. Raymond Ho-Man KONG
Lecturer, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The Education University of Hong Kong

Embracing Failure is the Key for Next Generation
Ms. Jessica CHAN 
General Secretary, Methodist Centre for Quality Life Education 

Meaningful Life, Beautiful Life Journey
Ms. Mon Yick-Man LAM
Senior Manager, Youth Services, St. James’ Settlement

Panel Discussion:
Professor Lap- Yan KUNG, Dr. Raymond Ho-Man KONG
Ms. Jessica CHAN, Ms. Mon Yick-Man LAM

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Program Organisation

Co-organizers

Hong Kong Shue Yan University
Gratia Christian College
Colorado State University
Positive Psychology Laboratory

Center for Meaning and Purpose

International Advisory Committee

Professor Meike BARTELS, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Professor Albert Tsun-hung CHAN, Clinical Psychologist, HKSAR
Professor H. S. CHUI, Gratia Christian College, HKSAR
Professor Samantha HEINTZELMAN, Rugters University – Newark, United States
Dr Yuk-Ching (Sylvia) KWOK LAI, City University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Professor Lap Yan KUNG, Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Professor Shui-Fong LAM, The University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Dr Alex Wang-On LI, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, HKSAR
Professor Sonja LUYBOMIRSKY, University of California – Riverside, United States
Dr Jiayan PAN, Hong Kong Baptist University, HKSAR
Dr Travis PROULX, Cardiff University, England
Professor Pninit RUSSO-NETZER, Achva Academic College, Israel
Professor Satoshi SHIMAI, Kansai University of Welfare Sciences, Japan
Professor Michael F. STEGER, Colorado State University, United States
Dr Siu-Ming TO, Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Professor Allan H. K. YUEN, Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education, HKSAR
Dr Man-Tak YUEN, University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Dr. Joel VOS, Metanoia Institute, England

Organizing Committee

Conference Chair
Dr. Chi-Keung (Alex) CHAN, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, HKSAR

Program Co-Chairs
Dr. Chung Ping (Susanna) WONG-IP, Gratia Christian College, HKSAR, Program Chair
Professor Michael F. STEGER, Colorado State University, United States, International Program Committee Chair
Dr. Yin-hung (Bess) LAM, The University of Hong Kong, HKSAR, Review Chair
Dr. Chi-fai (Raymond) CHUI, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, HKSAR, Finance Chair
Dr. Yat-fan (Nicolson) SIU, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HKSAR, Publicity Chair

International Program Committee

Dr Michael BENDER, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Dr Christian CHAN, University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Dr Kai-tai CHAN, Individual Consultant, HKSAR
Professor Wallace Chi Ho CHAN, Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Dr Wendy Wing-lam CHAN, Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Dr Chris CHEUNG, Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education, HKSAR
Dr Sing-hang CHEUNG, University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Dr Floria CHIO, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, HKSAR
Dr Jason CHOW, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, HKSAR
Dr Sandrine CHUNG, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, HKSAR
Dr Wai FU, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, HKSAR
Dr Anna N. N. HUI, City University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Dr Man Yee HO, City University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Dr Ho-Man (Raymond) KONG, Education University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Professor Kalina MICHALSKA, University of California Riverside, United States
Dr Lufanna LAI, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, HKSAR
Dr Bobo LAU, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, HKSAR
Dr Esther Yuet-Ying LAU, Education University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Dr Wilbert LAW, Education University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Dr Yuk-Yee (Karen) LEE, Gratia Christian College, HKSAR
Dr Hildie LEUNG, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Saudi Arabia
Dr P. F. Jonah LI, Indiana University – Bloomington, United States
Dr Li LIN, Lingnan University, HKSAR
Dr Su LU, De Montfort University, The Netherlands
Dr Matthew OSEKA, Concordia Theological Seminary, HKSAR
Dr Ying TONG, Educational Psychologist, HKSAR
Dr Anna TSO, Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Dr Carrie WU, Hong Kong Baptist University, HKSAR
Dr Jiawen (Carmen) YE, Lingnan University, HKSAR
Dr Ben C. L. YU, Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Dr Livia YULIAWATI, Universitas Ciputra Surabaya, Indonesia
Dr Michela ZAMBELLI, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan), Italy