Symposium on the lessons to be learned from the pandemic

From the first day of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was clear that it was not going to be a mere physical health crisis. In order to control the virus circulation, from one day to the next a gigantic behavioural change was required from the population that touched their essence: their freedom was drastically curtailed and social contacts had to be reduced to a minimum. It was immediately clear that it would also be a psychological-motivational crisis.

For more than two years - and over 90 measuring points - the Motivation Barometer project collected empirical data on the support for measures, the motivational commitment and the psychological well-being of the population.

In this concluding symposium, we looked back at these findings from a helicopter perspective. We wanted to bring together important psychological lessons and discuss them with other disciplines, policy, the media and the wider public (e.g. study participants).


the programme

The programme is only available in English.

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Below you can find all content presentations (only available in English).

Methodology of the motivation barometer

Motivation and risk perception

Vaccination and communication

The basic psychological needs and the well-being

Overall conclusion and outlook

Motivation & risk perception
Vaccination & communication
Psychological well-being


Pictures by Bart Duriez