„Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed.“
Olga’s work aims at improving the well-being of individuals and the cohesion of today’s society. She conducts rigorous academic studies to promote evidence-based policy making in the domains of education, conflict resolution, and healthy ageing. She authored and co-authored over 50 publications on these topics.
Olga Klimecki is currently guest professor in psychology at Technische Universität Dresden. She is also a long-term meditator and mindfulness meditation teacher in training (with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield).
She is the leader of the workpackage Emotion in the European project Silver Santé Study (deputy of the workpackage Emotion: Prof. Dr. Patrik Vuilleumier; main coordinator of the Silver Santé Study: Dr. Gaël Chetelat). In this workpackage, she is investigating how mental health and well-being can be promoted through mental training in the ageing population. The particular focus is on the role of emotions, their malleability and their underlying brain function:
Jointly with Prof. David Sander, she is coordinating a research focus on the role of emotions in conflict resolution at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (University of Geneva, Switzerland):
Together with Dr. Dana Schneider (University of Jena, Germany), Olga Klimecki is also coordinating the network „Understanding Others“ which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft:
After studying psychology and neurosciences, Olga did her PhD (summa cum laude) at the University of Zurich on the neural, behavioral, and emotional plasticity induced by training social emotions. The results of these longitudinal studies in adults provided evidence for the plasticity of social emotions spanning the levels of neural function, emotional resilience, and helping behavior.
She extended this line of research to aggressive behavior with a BRIDGE/Marie Curie fellowship at the University of Geneva from 2013 – 2015.
In recognition of her contributions, Olga received several awards and fellowships, among them the Early Career Award of the Society for Social Neuroscience in 2014 in Washington DC.