Symposium 2022

The 10th MAPPiversary Applied Positive Psychology Symposium & Festival (16-17 July 2022 in Aylesbury) –

Registration is now closed.

The programme of events + abstract (PDF) is available to view.


Travel and accommodation information

The symposium will be taking place at our Aylesbury campus

(Please note that due to the pressures of running a two-day, multi-strand event in person for the first time since the pandemic, we have taken the decision to not run it as a hybrid event this year, nor to record sessions; apologies for any inconvenience/disappointment.)


We have compiled a list of nearby accommodation options in the Aylesbury area if you need to book overnight accommodation when attending the symposium. You can find this list here (opens a Word document).


Chiltern Railways run the line between London Marylebone and Aylesbury. The campus is about a 10 minute walk from the station. The nearest bus station is about five minutes away.

For details of trains and buses to Aylesbury, visit Transport for London website or call Traveline on 0871 200 2233.  Please check ahead as sometimes there are building works conducted on this line and they work a replacement bus service instead which is slower.

Use the postcode HP21 7QG for your sat nav or plan your route with Google Maps.

The closest airports are London Luton or Heathrow, both of which are about an hour’s drive away. If you wish to take public transportation this will take quite a bit longer. There are some good car pickup services to/from Aylesbury, e.g. Butlers cars. You can get a train from London Marylebone train station to Aylesbury direct.


You will notice that the campus is next to the Waterside Theatre, so if you are unfamiliar with Aylesbury, the theatre is a good landmark.   The university has a strict rule about parking on site only for staff members so if you are traveling by car you would need to park off site.  However, the campus is very close to several car parks, each no more than five minutes’ walk from the campus: Walton Street multi-storey car park (postcode HP21 7QP) is a short walk across the road. There are also two car parks on Exchange Street, northeast side (postcode HP20 1UB).  These are paid carparks – more information available here.

Information for Presenters

Talks: Your talks should be timed to be 10 minutes long, plus allowing 5 minutes for questions. You will be allocated a 20 minute time slot, but 5 minutes of that should be kept free to allow attendees to move between ‘strands’ (rooms). You will be asked to send your final presentation slides by the day before the symposium to allow us to collate presentations ahead of time.

Flash Presenters/’Speeches’ at MAPP Birthday Party: Please confine your talk length to 3-4 minutes long, and 1 Powerpoint slide. This is intended to be a fun, fast-paced session and so these limits will be strictly enforced! We will also require the final slide by the day before the symposium for collation.

Poster Presenters: Please print your poster to A1 size. This can be either portrait or landscape. If you will have trouble bringing the poster, it may be possible for us to arrange printing here. Please contact us to discuss this option. Presenters can put up their posters at any time from 8:45 am. Poster boards and pins will be provided. You can engage with visitors and answer questions at break times. You can collect your posters at the end of the day on Sunday.

Workshop or Other Forms of Presentations: Please let us know as early as possible what kind of space or equipment you will need, and how many delegates you can accommodate at a time.

Sponsored Stalls: We will provide a table, chair(s) and backdrop space for a minimum fee of £50. Extra donations will incur extra benefits, including, e.g., more central stall location, distribution of advertising on our programme, a short spot to speak to the delegates,etc. Please note in the comments section on the form if you might be interested in one of these options.

About the Symposium

Due to the  COVID-19 pandemic, our annual symposium sadly had to be cancelled for the past two years. Now that things are cautiously starting to open up again, we plan to offer our symposium again this summer, when we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary of the MAPP here at Buckinghamshire New University, making this an extra-special year reflected by an extra-special event!

We are still of course listening to government, medical and university advice regarding safety when we do gather again in person. But we are feeling quite confident that we will be able to offer an in-person opportunity to meet and share the latest in Applied Positive Psychology research and enterprise, celebrate 10 amazing years of our MAPP course, and have fun at a two-day symposium on Saturday and Sunday 16th & 17th July 2022 at our Aylesbury campus.

Positive psychology (PP) is a dynamic and fast-growing area that explores leading-edge ideas in the study of wellbeing and optimal human functioning for individuals, groups, communities and organisations – ‘the science of what makes life worth living’. Applied Positive Psychology seeks to turn science into positive action for individuals and the community at large.

The annual UK Applied Positive Psychology Symposium – now in its 6th year and growing steadily every time – brings together students and staff of MAPP (MSc Applied Positive Psychology) and other Positive Psychology courses across the UK and now Ireland as well to share their latest research and applications in this exciting field. Speakers will be students or graduates from the MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programmes at Bucks New University, Anglia Ruskin University, University of East London, and related courses at the University of Northampton and University College Cork. There are new PP courses and programmes appearing all the time in this growing field, and anyone interested, from any university, profession or discipline, is welcome to attend.

The event will be an opportunity to network with and learn from practitioners, students, and researchers engaged in up-and-coming research and application within the field of positive psychology within the UK.

Who should attend

Anyone with an interest in positive psychology research and applications – all welcome! Others for whom this would be particularly relevant: postgraduate and undergraduate psychology students; clinical practitioners; carers; teachers; coaches. The symposium will be of particular interest to anyone with curiosity about or intention to study on the MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) course.

Please direct any questions to