The Third Biennial Heroism Science conference – going virtual in May 2021!

All systems are go for the Third Biennial Heroism Science conference in 2021! This year’s theme for the conference is Exceptional Leadership and Heroism: Protecting Communities and Saving Lives. This event will take place on the 27th and 28th of May 2021. Registrations for the conference are now open: Click here to register. Please note: you will need to register in order to attend this virtual event.

Heroism in a Changing World

This is a complex era of history marked by a global pandemic, changing politics, racial tensions and environmental crises. It seems that heroes are being defined by individuals and groups in the moment. Often these heroes are central to societal shifts, leading (directly or indirectly) and guiding others who follow them. Our research tells us that heroes influence individuals psychologically, particularly during times of threat and chaos. However, the concept of heroism has existed since ancient times, and endures in modern society as part of the everyday, as well as through crises. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the search term of ‘hero’ has almost doubled in popularity according to Google Trends.  Understanding the roles of heroes in influencing individual and group behaviour is becoming increasingly important and ripe for scholarly investigation across the behavioural and social sciences.   In this conference, we invite experts to share relevant research and applications, to make sense of the role of heroes and leadership in times of crisis.

Leading International Experts on Leadership & Heroism

Keynote speakers at this 2021 event will include Dr Nick Steffens (ARC DECRA Research Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia), Professor Kathryn McPherson (Vice Chancellor of AUT New Zealand, Chief Executive of the Health Research Council of New Zealand) and Graham Goulden (Director, Cultivating Minds UK). In addition, we are delighted that the world-leading expert on leadership and heroism research, and founder of the Heroism Science conference series, Professor Scott Allison, will be speaking at this event.

These speakers, along with many international researchers and practitioners, will be discussing heroism and leadership across disciplines and contexts. We are delighted to announce a new ‘Spotlight on Methods’ section at the conference, as well as a Round Table discussion examining opportunities and challenges for obtaining research funding on topics relating to the conference themes.

Places for conference speakers are limited. If you would like to present at this conference, please send your conference abstract for your talk (<250 words) to our conference email address: heroismscience2021[at] before March 1st.  For the most part, conference presentations will be pre-recorded and speakers are encouraged to join for live Q&A.

Make sure to follow us on twitter (@HScience2021) for updates and weekly spotlights of the conference speakers.

This conference will be chaired by Dr. Elaine L. Kinsella and Dr. Eric R. Igou based at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Please contact the organisers via email with any questions or suggestions you have: heroismscience2021[at]

We look forward to seeing you at this virtual event!


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