Plenary Speakers

The Asia-Pacific Network for Moral Education
The 10th Anniversary Annual Conference
4th - 7th December 2015
The University of Sydney, Australia

Shaping Educational Landscapes that Foster Moral Values in the Asia-Pacific Region





Mary Helen Immordino-Yang (University of Southern California, USA)

Associate Professor Immordino-Yang is one of the world’s leading researchers in neuroscience and education. Her interest is in the neurobiological and psychological bases of social emotion, self-awareness and culture and their implications for learning, development and schools. Mary Helen is President-elect of the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society that produces the journal Mind, Brain, and Education. In 2007, she and Antonio Damasio published a paper concerned with the neurobiological underpinnings of morality, creativity and culture, which was the jumping off point of her empirical research and, together with her and Damasio’s 2009 article in PNAS, will form the basis of her important plenary address to this Conference. Mary Helen will speak to us via video conferencing, which will also enable us to ask her questions. 



Terence Lovat (The University of Newcastle, Australia)

Professor Lovat was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Arts) for ten years and Dean of Education for six years. He currently shares his time between Newcastle and Oxford University where he is a Senior Research Fellow and member of the Philosophy, Religion and Education Research Forum. He was lead investigator on projects emanating from the Australian Values Education Program (2003-2010).  He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences about the results of this work, having recently addressed audiences in the US, the UK, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, China, India, Turkey and several African countries. His presentation will highlight the capacity of values education, properly implemented, to impact on teacher and student wellbeing and student academic achievement.