10th Empathy Conference

  • Empathy under pressure?
  • How we experience empathy in crises and conflicts
  • Conference, Geist Heidelberg

In times of crisis, empathy could play a key role in coping with states of emergency, both psychological and physical. Caring professions in medicine and nursing are gaining in importance. Empathy and compassion could form the emotional backbone of a civil society that makes its capacity for empathy socially visible.

But what if empathy comes under pressure? Is it enough to experience it, to train it, or is there danger from violence and lack of empathy?

Prof. Tania Singer, neurologist and scientific director of social neuroscience, MPG Berlin
Prof. Edgar Grande, political scientist and director of the Center for Civil Society Research, WZB Berlin
Dr. Nahlah Saimeh, forensic psychiatrist, psychotherapist and expert witness, Düsseldorf
Dr. Monika Hauser, physician and gynecologist, founder of medica mondiale and winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize (2008)


10:00 am – Tania Singer.
The neurobiology of empathy and compassion

11:30 a.m. – Edgar Grande
How much empathy does civil society need?

13:00 – Lunch break

14:15 – Nahlah Saimeh
Lack of empathy? An expression of deficient personality structure?

15:30 – Monika Hauser
From compassion to solidarity action: The Agents of Empathy.

The empathy conference will take place at the DAI Heidelberg and in parallel as an online event via livestream.
Tickets for the livestream can be purchased up to two hours before the event via the regular ticket link. Only one streaming ticket is required per end device. Please first select “Video Livestream” in the ticket store and then click on the red larger square in the lower left corner of the hall plan.

The online events are free of charge for members of the DAI Freundeskreis. You will receive a train link by e-mail up to two hours before the event.
Please check your spam folder if necessary. If you are a member of the DAI Freundeskreis and have not yet deposited your e-mail address, please send us a short e-mail with your membership number (!) to info@dai-heidelberg.de for inclusion in our distribution list.

Ticket Prices (plus fees)

Regular price 28,90 €
Reduced price 23,90 €
Member price 17,90 €

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