Engage with The Love Consortium

Interested in engaging more deeply with opportunities afforded by The Love Consortium? Read on!


Connect digitally with the broader TLC community!  Our 2021-2022 program of digital events includes research talks, panel discussions, and networking events designed to support interdisciplinary learning and collaboration. Our next event is described in detail below. Check back here for more on future events!


Register for our upcoming virtual Love Conference

Join us for The Love Consortium's upcoming virtual Love Conference— scheduled for Thursday, August 5th from 2:30 to 7PM Eastern Time!  The event will take place over Gather, a fun and interactive video calling platform.

Dr. Sue Carter will open the event with her talk, "Love and oxytocin: The evolution of a social solution to the stress of life." 

We'll then transition to a panel discussion with the TLC Board of Advisors on the current state and future of love research, followed by an hour of talks by our graduate student Love Fellows. Three final talks will close out the event, featuring new findings using data available on The Love Consortium Dataverse (TLCDv).

Click the button to register or view the full agenda below.


Love Conference Agenda

  • (2:30 - 3:00) Mix + Mingle—Time to get used to the platform and connect informally with colleagues around the world
  • (3:00 - 3:10) Welcome from TLC Director Sara Algoe
  • (3:10 - 4:00) Keynote talk—Sue Carter “Love and oxytocin: The evolution of a social solution to the stress of life”
  • (4:00 - 5:00) Panel with TLC Board of Advisors
  • (5:00 - 6:00) Love Fellow talks—view on-demand pre-recorded talks from our 2020-2021 Love Fellows and ask them questions live (Note: attendees will be able to “walk around” the virtual space and choose which talks they’d like to view during this hour)
  • (6:00 - 6:45) Successful TLCDv collaborations
    • ​Sherman Kwok, “Handle with Care: Agreeableness and Reactions to Hurt Feelings in Romantic Relationships”
    • Laura Vowels, “A machine learning approach to predicting partner support from individual and relational variables”
    • Brian Don and Jami Eller, “The Role of Positive Emotions in Promoting Relational Adjustment among New Parents: A TLC Dataverse Collaboration”
  • (6:45 - 7:00) Close + Reception—additional time to view 2020-2021 Love Fellow talks and connect with colleagues


Join us for an upcoming informational webinar!  During our time together, we will give an overview of The Love Consortium Dataverse, explain the process to post a dataset description, and answer any questions you may have. Each webinar takes about 30 minutes, but we reserve the full hour for additional conversation, should the Q&A portion run over. 


Register for a webinar

There are no webinars scheduled at this time. If you would like to schedule a private webinar for you or your lab, please reach out via our Contact page and we'll be happy to accommodate. 


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The Love Consortium Inaugural Meeting: Theoretical Perspectives on the Science of Love

Invited scholars from a variety of theoretical perspectives met to discuss evidence and theory related to the construct of love (Days 1 and 2) as well as to offer visions for a future of thriving research in this domain (Day 3).
Date: April 25-27, 2019
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Program: Download PDF

The Love Consortium Trainee Workshop on The Science of Love

Selected attendees met to share their research, learn about the science of love from affective and relationship scientists (Drs. Algoe, Fredrickson, Gable, Reis), and develop scientific collaborations on love with one another.
Date: June 17-19, 2019
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Program: Download PDF
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The Love Consortium Pre-Conference Workshop

Attendees of the International Association for Relationship Research Mini-Conference on Positive Action in Relationships joined this Pre-Conference Workshop to learn more about The Love Consortium and how to get involved, to offer expertise to facilitate the goals of The Love Consortium, and to consider how their own work (independently or in collaboration with others at the workshop) may benefit from The Love Consortium resources.
Date: June 19-20, 2019
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Program: Download PDF


The Love Consortium initiative holds great promise for scientific advances by capitalizing on the methods afforded by the approach of uncovering untapped data from across labs, disciplines, and geographic locations. For now, we feature two key opportunities that we believe will be especially fruitful.

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Using Integrative Data Analysis to Pool Data Across Samples

Find out more about Integrative Data Analysis (IDA) by reading this paper by Hussong, Curran, & Bauer (2013). IDA provides many advantages for theory testing that could be capitalized upon through collaborations developed via The Love Consortium.
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Expanding the Range of Evidence Related to the Construct, Love

Evidence points to the value of love for individual and collective welfare, but surprisingly, most of it is indirect. While many researchers study people who are in love-based relationships, most do not study the construct of love itself. Other researchers study emotion, but few study the emotion, love. Datasets uncovered via The Love Consortium may help us take a new look at longstanding questions about the nature and value of Love.


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Grant Opportunity

Announcing our Request for Proposals for small grants to graduate students. The funding will be to establish a collaboration using data described on The Love Consortium Dataverse, with proposed research that significantly advances scientific understanding of love. Click here for more information.
We anticipate additional opportunities to get involved in The Love Consortium as we grow. Stay tuned!