Empathy Neuroscience: Translational Relevance for Conflict Resolution – British Academy

This conference brings together empathy neuroscience research to tackle a key translational challenge: its relevance for conflict resolution. It focuses on the idea that taking the other person’s perspective is ultimately necessary to resolve conflict; and that conflicts are perpetuated by adopting a single perspective.

The conference considers the relevance of empathy neuroscience for policy makers working in conflict resolution.

The meeting brings together an international panel of speakers drawn from outstanding scientists, clinicians, scholars, and charities, focusing particularly on the potential role of empathy in the Israel-Palestine conflict. The aims are to enable dialogue and a better understanding of empathy, and to promote the development of evidence-based interventions that foster empathy in conflict zones.


  • Professor Simon Baron-Cohen FBA, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Haifa Staiti, Gather Fellow, Seeds of Peace, Canada
  • Dr Ahmad Abu-Akel, Birmingham University, UK
  • Professor Ruth Feldman, Bar-Ilan University, Israel and Yale University, USA
  • Professor Simone Shamay-Tsoory, Haifa University, Israel
  • Alex Gabbay, Film Director, London, UK