Meaning in crisis / Crisis in meaning

How to envisage, study and create a meaningful world  for all people & nature

The world is in crisis! Forests are burning. Icecaps are melting. The corona virus is raging through the continents. Economic inequality has disconnected people from each other. The extreme right dominates politics, and governments are run by populists. How can we make sense of these crises? How can we still live a meaningful life? How can young people grow up? How can we respond to this? Crash into a psychological crisis? Surrender? Lock ourselves up in a personal bubble? Or rebel? Find our own alternative niche within the chaos? Or dream about a meaningful society for all? How can we help ourselves and others with these questions?

At this third IMEC International Meaning Conference in London, we are connecting thinkers and doers from many disciplines, to create together a vision of a meaningful world for all people and nature. How can we envisage this? How can we research this? What can we do, in our daily lives, and as psychotherapists, coaches, or political activists? What could politicians do? We want to connect and learn from each other’s theoretical and practical wisdom, from different disciplines: existential philosophy and therapy, coaching, positive and phenomenological psychology, sociology, politics, history, theology, anthropology, business, HR, and art. We are researchers, practitioners in mental health care, philosophers, activists and artists. Researchers share their findings. Psychologists, sociologists and activists describe their experience. The pre-conference program offers hands-on skill workshops for therapists, researchers and activists.

This not your ordinary conference. We walk the talk, by creating meaningful connections during the conference. We have many interactive and creative forms of connecting, via lectures, workshops, debates, experiential exercises, live client demonstrations, social events… Anyone can propose a presentation, workshop or symposium, and contribute in the open spaces in the program. In the social program, there is opportunity to show your creative talent with music, poetry, art and other forms!

Practical details



Dates:           Friday 2 July 2021 pre-conference worshops

                        Saturday 3 July 2021 day with lectures and parallel  sessions

                        Sunday 4 July 2021 day with lectures and parallel sessions

Venue:          TBC Central London

Social:           Friday evening: conference welcome drink

                        Saturday evening: buffet & creative program

                        Sunday evening: post-conference drinks

                      Friday, Saturday, Sunday morning: mindfulness session as start of the day


This conference will be completely virtual as well! Online-only tickets will be on sale from winter 2020/2021.



The programme will follow soon! We are still waiting for keynote speakers… and for you to submit an abstract!



We will have a large social and creative programme! Prepare for nice food, drinks, art, music & fun!


YouTube IMEC 2019

While you are waiting for the conference, please watch this selection of meaningful YouTube videos from IMEC 2019!


Feedback IMEC 2019 from survey

‘This conference has changed my life’

‘It is now three months later, and I am still talking about it on a daily basis’

‘I will be back, and I will bring all my colleagues!’

‘Inspiring, warm, connecting, fun, serious: everything I like!’

‘My research has become so inspired!’

‘We were all equal: from famous professors to first year students; we were just bonding.’

‘My work with clients has become deeper and more meaningful’

‘I feel fired up to change the world.’

‘So frustrating, that the next conference is two years away!’

Early Bird Tickets

Early Bird Full conference


2-4 July (excl dinner)



Early Bird Full Day


Saturday 3 July (excl dinner)



Early Bird Full conference

for students and people on benefits

(proof with date and photo needed) (excl dinner)


Early Bird Full Day


Sunday 4 July (excl dinner)



Early Bird Full day


Friday 2 July (excl dinner)




Dinner & culture


Saturday 3 July 2021