Keynotes Speakers

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Fuschia Sirois from the Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on the factors that create risk or resilience for physical health, health behaviors, and well-being in vulnerable populations and individuals living with chronic illness. Her research focuses on the role of self-regulation, emotion regulation and personality traits, including procrastination, perfectionism, and self-compassion.

Self-compassion and health during difficult times
Self-compassion involves taking a kind, accepting, and connected view of oneself in response to challenges and setbacks. A growing evidence-base indicates that self-compassion can be beneficial for health and well-being, especially during difficult times. Using the latest research, including studies conducted during COVID-19, Dr Sirois will outline how and why self-compassion may be a powerful resource for improving health and helping people meet their health goals, as well as the barriers that may make it difficult for people to respond self-compassionately.

Casper Albers is a statistician, researcher and columnist. He works as a professor in Applied Statistics and Data Visualization at Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Groningen, with main areas of application being environmental and clinical psychology. He has a special interest in science communication and improving scientific practice in general. 

Statistical information is omnipresent in scientific research as well as in all facets of daily life. At the same time, statistical reasoning is notoriously difficult and oftentimes counter-intuitive. In his talk, he will explore common faults that can easily be made in statistics, both accidentally as consciously. He will outline how we can better engage and deal with statistical data. This is particularly relevant during the times of COVID-19, where we are continuously presented with different facts and figures.


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