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Imago Africa International Conference

The Science of Human Connection – an African Perspective

Imago Africa International Conference

in collaboration with Optentia, North West University, FAMSA, and Synergos Leadership development

28 General and 2 Ethics CPD points

Human connectedness defines the greatest need humanity faces in 2021. Meaningful connection is what makes our lives matter and it is key that we are connected like never before in human history, laying a foundation for world-wide empathy, innovation and human expression. Despite the exponential growth of digital connection, the quality of our real and lived relationships is buckling under the strain of forced isolation, fear, and an uncertain future. 

How do we nurture our human connection to shape a future where our relationships become our most valued resources? In this hybrid conference, The Science of Human Connection – an African perspective, leading social scientists, emerging researchers and practitioners who work within a relational paradigm will offer their insights on how we are to understand and develop the science of human connection in our changing world. Presenters will interrogate the new shapes that relational science is taking locally in South Africa, the greater African continent and Globally.

The Science of Human Connection will create a space for a variety of inclusive conversations, research presentations, interactional opportunities, practical applications, multidisciplinary collaboration and community projects, informed by a holistic and relational paradigm, with specific emphasis on African philosophies. We offer a virtual and in-person experience with some innovative ideas and interactive encounters on how relational dynamics can impact the quality of our lives and provide an antidote to individual isolation, interpersonal disruptions, racial and gender-based violence, and policies that continue to sustain poverty, corruption and disconnection.

Some of our Speakers include:

  • Drs. Harville Hendrix and Helen La Kelly Hunt – Founder of Imago Relationships and authors of best selling book “Getting The Love You Want”.
  • Prof Puleng Segalo – Fullbright scholar and Professor of Community Psychology at Unisa and Current Albert Luthuli Research Chair.
  • Adv Leon Wessels – Constitutional Lawyer Advocate and author of “Encountering Apartheid’s Ghosts”
  • Dr Matthews Katjene – Managing Director: PsychWell (Clinical/Neuropsychology & Industrial Consulting Firm). Extraordinary Researcher: North-West University. Specialist interest in relational dynamics and development with a focus on the relevance of context.
  • Prof Vera Roos – Research professor at North West University with a focus on relational dynamics and development.
  • Kalliopi Zorzou – Integrative psychotherapist registered with the Greek Association of Body Psychotherapy and trained in Analytical Cognitive therapy, Gestalt therapy, Hypnotherapy and Bodynamic.
  • Puno Selesho – South Africa poet, writer and weaver of beautiful conversations, thought leader, voice-over artist, strategist and so much more. The law graduate writes about women, love, God and as her poem, ‘Swart Gevaar’ boldly proclaims; about being unapologetically black.
  • Ayanda Zaca –  Founder and Managing Director at VITOVA, a company that provides support to organisations in their diversity, inclusion, and equity work with a strong focus on communications. At its core, the business advocates for social justice and cohesion, particularly along racial and gender lines.
  • Sarah Cornish – New York trained practitioner in Alternative Therapies, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing and Bodynamic. Her approach draws on 35 years of experience exploring and restoring access to health in the mind and body.

Please visit our website:

Early Bird special until 30 June for virtual and in-person registrations (limited).

We offer a special rate for Students and group bookings.

Register here:

More information contact Carol-Ann Dixon

Imago Africa is a community of practice serving Imago practitioners in Africa through professional development, ongoing training, peer support, and conferences. Imago Africa also has a strong focus on supporting vulnerable communities by providing workshops, educational webinars and empowering young leadership and relational facilitators. The collective passion of our members is what makes a difference.