Mass traumatic events result in extended physical destruction and exert a considerable human toll. These events jeopardize survivors' physical and mental health, and undermine individuals' and communities’ functioning. The repercussions of mass trauma are also often implicated in dire economic and political consequences, depleting societal and national resources. These broad, multi-level effects are often transmitted from those directly affected to others in their social surrounding, and to subsequent generations.
The upcoming conference aspires to include studies and discussions of a multidisciplinary milieu (sociological, psychological and biological), enabling a wide exploration of processes underlying preparedness, adjustment and resilience of individuals, families and communities before, during, and in the aftermath of mass trauma.
Alon Chen, Weizmann Institute of science and Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry
Zahava Solomon, Tel Aviv University