Programme (Online)

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Conference Outline

Monday, March 29, 2021Tuesday, March 30, 2021Wednesday, March 31, 2021

10:00-10:10 Announcements, Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners, Welcome Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

10:10-10:55 Keynote Presentation: Zen Terror: Killing Compassionately?
Brian Victoria, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, United Kingdom

10:55-11:05 Break

11:05-12:45 Live-Stream Session 1: Comparative Philosophy

12:45-12:55 Break

12:55-14:10 Live-Stream Session 2: Philosophy

14:10-14:20 Break

14:20-15:35 Live-Stream Session 3: Ethics

15:35-15:45 Break

15:45-16:35 Live-Stream Session 4: Philosophy and Technology

16:35-16:45 Break

16:45-18:00 Live-Stream Session 5: Religion

09:00-09:10 Announcements, Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners, Welcome Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

09:10-10:10 Workshop Presentation
Aging Data: NACDA & an Open-source Repository
James W. McNally, University of Michigan and NACDA Program on Aging, United States
Kathryn M. Lavender, National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), United States

10:10-10:20 Break

10:20-11:20 Panel Presentation
Creating Our New Normal: Responding, Adapting and Thriving in a Post-COVID 19 World
James W. McNally, University of Michigan and NACDA Program on Aging, United States
Kathryn M. Lavender, National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), United States

11:20-11:30 Break

11:30-12:45 Live-Stream Session 1: Aging and Gerontology

12:45-12:55 Break

12:55-14:10 Live-Stream Session 2: Aging and Gerontology: Resilience

14:10-14:20 Break

14:20-15:35 Live-Stream Session 3: Aging and Gerontology

15:35-15:45 Break

15:45-17:00 Live-Stream Session 4: Aging and Gerontology: Built Environment

17:00-17:30 Aging and Gerontology Discussion and Networking
This Discussion and Networking session is hosted by the Conference Organising Committee to bring together participants who are interested in creating new ties and discussing each other's research with fellow educators & researchers. All attendees are invited to attend this open session.

10:00-10:10 Plenary Welcome Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

10:10-10:55 Keynote Presentation
Adaptability: Its Role in Enhancing Academic and Personal Wellbeing in an Age of Change and Disruption
Andrew Martin, University of New South Wales, Australia

10:55-11:25 Discussion and Networking
This discussion and networking session is hosted by the Conference Organising Committee to bring together participants who are interested in creating new ties and discussing each other's research with fellow educators and researchers. All attendees are invited to attend this open session.

11:25-11:50 Live-Stream Presentation 1: Philosophy and Religion

11:50-12:00 Break

12:00-13:40 Live-Stream Presentation 2: Psychology

13:40-13:50 Break

13:50-15:30 Live-Stream Presentation 3: Psychology

15:30-15:40 Break

15:40-16:55 Live-Stream Presentation 4: Religion and Peace Studies

16:55-17:05 Closing Session

The above schedule may be subject to change.


Featured Presentations

  • Creating Our New Normal: Responding, Adapting and Thriving in a Post-COVID 19 World
    Creating Our New Normal: Responding, Adapting and Thriving in a Post-COVID 19 World
    Panel Presentation: James W. McNally & Kathryn M. Lavender
  • Aging Data: NACDA & an Open-source Repository
    Aging Data: NACDA & an Open-source Repository
    Workshop Presentation: James W. McNally

Virtual Presentations



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Previous Programming

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Creating Our New Normal: Responding, Adapting and Thriving in a Post-COVID 19 World
Panel Presentation: James W. McNally & Kathryn M. Lavender

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of life worldwide. As we have recently passed the pandemic's one-year anniversary, there are indications that we can see a way forward where the impacts of COVID-19 are better understood and the risks are better controlled. While the horror of more than 119,097,780 Coronavirus cases worldwide and over 2,640,868 deaths, it is also important to acknowledge that over 94,635,252 have successfully recovered from the infection. With the successful testing and production of multiple vaccines now being administered in a growing number of countries, we want to better understand how COVID-19 has impacted our lives. How has it changed the way we interact as societies, and how do we move forward to a new normal? This panel will bring perspectives from various disciplines and occupations to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic was addressed and managed, but more importantly, what we have learned from the experience of moving forward during these challenging times. The pandemic negatively impacted all levels of society. From healthcare to family support, from travel restrictions to community engagement, from education to knowledge exchanges, we have had to create innovative and resilient approaches to keep moving forward. The panel will discuss different ways their disciplines overcame the challenges presented by COVID-19 and how lessons learned will help guide us in the years to come.

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Aging Data: NACDA & an Open-source Repository
Workshop Presentation: James W. McNally

Researchers increasingly recognise the value of public-use data for secondary research, thesis development, training and education and the development of independent research grants. As cutting edge international studies are emerging across Asia, Latin America, Europe, and increasingly Africa, the opportunities for cross-national and comparative research are growing exponentially. This is a particularly exciting time to work, due to the large number of trained research professionals working within their home countries and providing culturally grounded interpretations of results. An ongoing barrier, however, is knowing where and what kind of data are available for secondary analysis.
The creation and maintenance of sustainable data archives can be challenging but it offers clear advantages for a national and international research strategy. Data that is preserved can be used by multiple researchers, testing a variety of hypotheses and increasing the return on investment to the expensive process of data collection. Having an internally managed archival system also provides greater control and autonomy in the equitable distribution of data resources. This workshop, sponsored by IAFOR and the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) will offer hands-on examples of how to discover data resources, obtain them and then implement them as part of a research strategy. Regardless of whether or not you are a student looking for a thesis topic, an instructor looking for research material for use in classroom teaching, or an established researcher looking for new opportunities, the wealth of publicly available data has created almost unlimited opportunities to explore new themes and to collaborate with other researchers worldwide. NACDA has been in existence for over 35 years, and it preserves and really distributes over 1,500 studies on the lifecourse and health in the United States and worldwide. Funded by the National Institute on Aging in the United States, NACDA represents one of the world’s largest collections of research data. NACDA is only one of many such organizations, and increasingly these data resources can be found, if not in your home country then only a click away via the Internet.
The workshop will introduce you to NACDA and our many research partners across the world. All researchers attending The Asian Conference on Aging & Gerontology 2021 (AGen2021), The 11th Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences (ACP) or The 11th Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy (ACERP2021) are welcome to participate in this workshop, ask questions and learn about data resources you can use for research, classroom instruction or in developing a research paper or thesis for your college classes. All you need is your laptop or mobile device and our instructors will help you better understand the wealth of information that lies at your fingertips.

An IAFOR Workshop in collaboration with the University of Michigan.

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