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May 27-28, 2020

International Forum on Digital Wellbeing

Bournemouth University, UK.

An Event for Advancement in Digital Wellbeing Research

The International Digital Wellbeing Forum is an event bringing together the digital wellbeing research community to showcase developments and scientific advancements in this rapidly evolving field. The International Digital Wellbeing Forum hosts researchers from both academia and industry to display their research, gain critical feedback and connect with colleagues.

Researchers from academic institutions, think tanks, NGOs, research departments and more are encouraged to join us in Bournemouth to connect with your peers in person and discover the latest advancements in the science of digital wellbeing.

As digital wellbeing is naturally multi-disciplinary, we encourage participation from researchers with varying backgrounds who have both meaningful contributions and a genuine interest in the advancement of digital wellbeing.

Confirmed Speakers So Far

John McAlaney

John McAlaney

Associate Professor

Associate Professor John McAlaney is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist, based within the Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Science and Technology. He completed his PhD at the University of West of Scotland, where he explored the social-psychological factors associated with risky alcohol use. He has since expanded his research to include psychological determinants of other risk behaviours including gambling, digital addiction and cybersecurity. As part of this work he recently authored a briefing paper for the British Psychological Society that set out the position of the Society in the role of psychology in the development of cybersecurity capabilities in the UK. He has secured funding in the form of grants and several match-funded PhD studentships to further develop this area. John applies this research to real-world problems through his role as a Trustee of both the Gordon Moody Association; a residential service for problem gamblers and Acts Fast; a charity which supports protective parents and family members of children who have been sexually abused.
Marta Cecchinato

Marta Cecchinato

Senior Lecturer

Marta E. Cecchinato is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Science at Northumbria University, working in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

Before taking up this post, Marta has worked at the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) and at Microsoft Research Cambridge, as well as at Helsinki University and HIIT (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology) in Finland. She has a BSc and MSc in Psychology from University of Padua (Italy) and a PhD in HCI at UCLIC.

Her research interests are around productivity and wellbeing in the digital age, ranging from how to manage information (e.g. storing and retrieving data), how to make sense of data (e.g. reflecting on data logs), how to cope with being constantly connected and available (e.g. managing emails, interruptions, and work-home boundaries) to how to support users who struggle in these areas (e.g. developing targeted interventions and digital strategies). Her current work focuses on understanding and promoting digital wellbeing in a range of contexts, including new forms work (e.g. gig economy).

Her work has published in top tier HCI conferences and has been featured in the New Scientist, The Conversation and The Psychologist.

Why Attend?

Plenary Sessions

Discover advances in digital wellbeing research from chatbots to interaction design from world-leading researchers. Learn from public and private sector researchers how digital wellbeing will change in 2020 and likely impact on global society.

Uncover Emerging Trends

The event will showcase the opportunities from emerging trends in digital wellbeing solutions & their impact. How will predictive intelligence impact the development of emerging digital wellbeing solutions? How will methodologies develop to robustly measure critical issues like the human impact of screen time and technology overuse? Learn the latest technological advancements & industry trends from the digital wellbeing community.

Expand Your Network

A unique opportunity to interact with researchers, academics and, data scientists & entrepreneurs creating next-generation digital wellbeing solutions.

The Digital Wellbeing Forum is an event dedicated to the international community of digital wellbeing researchers. It’s a conference for people to connect and reconnect with colleagues, and friends. 

At the Digital Wellbeing Forum, our aim is to bring together researchers from a variety of fields who share an overarching interest in digital wellbeing, where they can discover and debate different theoretical and methodological ideas and advancements. 

This is an important event for digital wellbeing practitioners and for the discipline. It provides an excellent opportunity for people to come together and exchange ideas, and it’s particularly good for early career researchers to meet some of the people whose books they’ve read over the years. In addition, the plenary talks are also a great opportunity to set the agenda for digital wellbeing research for the coming year. 

Topics We Will Cover

The International Forum on Digital Wellbeing is a multi-disciplinary event. Developments from digital wellbeing researchers will include but not be limited to the following disciplines:

Addiction & Multitasking Research

Gamification Research

Information Vizualisation Research

Human-Computer Interaction Research

Social Computing Research

Sensing Technology Research

Affective Computing Research

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Research

Abstract Submission

Call For Papers & Workshops

We invite participants to submit proposals for papers and workshops at IDWF 2020.

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Sponsorships and Exhibitors

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