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Here you will find information on past TLC events. For information on future events please see our Upcoming Events!



Global Gratitude Summit

September 13, 2023

Virtual Event

Researchers across the globe discussed a wide range of topics including gratitude interventions, gratitude across cultures, and gratitude beyond interpersonal relationships. This event also marked the official launch of two funding opportunities, as well as a new collaboration tool - the Global Gratitude Dataverse (GGDv).  View Program

TLC Dataverse Postathon

February 24, 2023

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

TLC hosted the first-ever TLC Dataverse postathon while at SPSP in Atlanta, Georgia. It was wonderful to connect with one another in person, and six new dataset descriptions were posted to the dataverse as a result of the event. Consider adding your dataset description today!



2022 TLC Love Conference

September 28-30, 2022

Durham, North Carolina, USA

TLC’s first in-person event since 2019! The conference featured posters and flash talks from our Love Fellows, as well as presentations from nearly 30 experts representing numerous regions and fields of study.  View Program

Love and Sex Virtual Symposium

May 24, 2022

Virtual Event

Featured research talks from some of the foremost experts in the field, followed by a moderated discussion and Q+A.  View Program


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Cultural Considerations in the Science of Love

November 29, 2021

Virtual Event

This virtual event was co-organized by Dr. Belinda Campos and moderated by Dr. Veronica Benet-Martinez. It featured research talks and a panel discussion among four scholars with deep expertise studying love and related interpersonal processes across different sociocultural contexts.  View Program

Inaugural TLC Love Conference

August 5, 2021

Virtual Event

Our first Love Conference featured an opening keynote address from Dr. Sue Carter on “Love and oxytocin.” This was followed by a panel discussion with the TLC Board of Advisors on the current state and future of love research, then research talks by TLC’s graduate student Love Fellows. Three final talks featuring new findings using data available on The Love Consortium Dataverse (TLCDv) closed out the event.  View Program

Open Questions in Compassion Research

March 26, 2021
Virtual Event

Dr. Beverley Fehr opened with a keynote address on "Compassionate Love in the Family." This was followed by several flash talks representing the latest science of compassion as well as Q+A with the speakers.  View Program


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Harnessing Gratitude for Good

November 19, 2020

Virtual Event

Three talks showcased the latest experimental evidence on gratitude toward another person, involving data from both members of the pair. This was followed by a panel discussion on implications, considerations of relationship context, and guidance for conducting dyadic experiments in this domain.  View Program

What Is Love?

September 29, 2020

Virtual Event

Participants were treated to a video compilation of love experts sharing their definitions and standard methods for studying love. Then four research talks highlighted intriguing new findings on love featuring a variety of theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and sample characteristics. A panel discussion following the talks engaged attendees in a collective conversation about implications and important next steps for this broad domain of research.  View Program

The Love Consortium Community Event

August 27, 2020

Virtual Event

The first TLC virtual event focused on sharing and discussing the latest science and topics pertaining to the study of social connection. The event featured a series of flash talks and breakout group discussions to help researchers connect with one another over areas of mutual interest.  View Program



The Love Consortium Pre-Conference Workshop

June 19-20, 2019

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Attendees of the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) 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.  View Program

The Love Consortium Trainee Workshop on The Science of Love

June 17-19, 2019

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Selected attendees met to share their research, learn about the science of love from affective and relationship scientists, and develop scientific collaborations on love with one another.  View Program

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

April 25-27, 2019

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

​Invited scholars from a variety of theoretical perspectives met to discuss evidence and theory related to the construct of love, as well as to offer visions for a future of thriving research in this domain.  View Program
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