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The School of Life Conference

20 - 22 October 2017 | Lisbon, Portugal

Join us in Lisbon for our very first international Conference, where we will explore all the most important ideas from The School of Life curriculum over the course of three days. The conference is designed to equip participants with a toolkit of Emotional Skills that will revolutionise your relationships, working lives and your sense of possibility and well-being.

The conference will take place in Lisbon’s historic Belém district in the south west of the city, at The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown. Situated on the northern banks of the River Tagus, it looks out across the former harbour where, in the 15th century, merchant ships first set sail across the Atlantic to initiate the Age of Discovery. Today, this beautiful location stands to serve as the site of a new project of exploration: one of psychological and emotional inquiry into our inner and external selves.

Over the course of three busy days you will have the chance to meet and socialise with a likeminded community of peers. It is a chance to learn from others, to share experiences and to form lasting bonds with other participants in an atmosphere of exploration, intelligence and candour. The event is interactive, at points very entertaining and eye-opening throughout.

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The event will be led by writer and philosopher – Chairman and Founder of The School of Life – Alain de Botton, and supported by founding members of The School of Life's Faculty.

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Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Av. Brasília
1400-038 Lisboa

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The School of Life Conference - Educational Programme:


Day One - Friday 20 October

Emotional Education, Self-Knowledge, Sociability  

12.30 Doors Open

13.30 Introduction, The Problems of Our Minds, Solutions to Self-Knowledge

15.30 Break 

16.00 Sociability

18.00 Close


Day Two - Saturday 21 October

Morning: Relationships - Choosing Partners, Relationship Skills, Emotional Maturity

9.00  Doors open

9.30  Relationships - Part I

11.15  Break

11.30 Relationships - Part II

13.00  Lunch

Afternoon: Work, Potential, Confidence, Failure 

14.00  Potential & Confidence

15.45  Break

16.15  Work & Failure 

18.00  Close 


Day Three - Sunday 22 October

Culture, Calm, Meaning & Happiness 

9.00  Doors open

9.30  Calm & Culture

11.00  Break

11.30 Meaning & Happiness

13.00  Close 


Ticket Information

Your ticket will include:

  • One ticket* to the three-day event led by Alain de Botton
  • A gift bag of The School of Life products
  • Morning & afternoon refreshments throughout the event  

*Seating choice on a first come first served basis. 



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Fri 20th Oct 2017


Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown Av. Brasília 1400-038 Lisboa Portugal
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Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers less than 30 days before the event.