Tania Singer is a professor and scientific head of the Max Planck Social Neuroscience Research Group in Berlin. Her research focus is on the hormonal, neuronal, and developmental basis of human sociality, empathy and compassion, and their malleability through mental training. Learning from contemplative traditions from the East, she has initiated and headed one of the largest meditation-based secular mental training studies on compassion, the ReSource project. In the CovSocial project she is currently investigating how the Covid-19 pandemic affects the well-being, behaviour, stress experience, and social cohesion of Berlin adults.

A reflection on the theme: 'Towards a Loving World, Leadership and Governance for Well-Being'.

Being a social neuroscientist and psychologist also working cross-disciplinary together with economists, educators, politicians and health-care providers, I am repeatedly astonished by the fact that in all these large-scale systems we have created LOVE is somehow a taboo. We do not do research and do not like to speak about it publicly neither. However, it is the basis for humanity.