Group Relations Conferences

2022 Group Relations Conference


The History of Now : creating meaning (in the present moment)

The conference is being offered as a 5-day face to face conference, with the option to stay onsite and fully immerse yourself in conference life.

The pivot to online working during the pandemic meant that many of us had to find new ways of leading, relating and managing the challenges of the virtual workplace. As we move to a post-pandemic world, and shift from online to hybrid forms of working, our workplace dynamics are likely to become more complex. It is not a simple equation where face-to-face plus online equals hybrid. The dynamics in the room will be different because our past experience, our history, informs our sensemaking and our understanding of leadership. Time has passed, we have changed, the workplace has changed, our world has changed. The history is now and, to ensure our future, we need to make sense of it. 

Directed by Nuala Dent, the executive team includes James Krantz as Associate Director and Anita Tan as Conference Operations Manager. We hope you can join us to explore how the pandemic is changing our thinking and practice of leading, relating and managing.

Monday 28 November – Friday 5 December 2022

International House, Melbourne

Please contact the Conference Administrator for more information.







Since 2008, Group Relations Australia has held week-long residential working conferences and non-residential mini-conferences. These conferences offer opportunities to explore conscious and unconscious processes that determine group behaviour, role-taking and personal authority, leadership and followership. Participants and staff are from Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and other countries across the globe.

Group relations conference technology originated with the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (UK) as a method to learn from one’s lived experience of group and organisational behaviour. The method is based on clinical and research practices in psychoanalysis and the social sciences. A group relations conference is a powerful, immersive mode of learning about the roles we take up for effectively participating in groups, organisations and society.

Each GRA conference focuses on a theme relevant to organisations and communities. Previous conferences explored:

  • Collaboration and Competition (2018)
  • Multiple Roles | Conflicted Interests (mini-conference) (2018
  • Lateral and Vertical Relations at Work (2015)
  • Changing Relationships @ Work (2013)
  • Managerial and Leadership Paradoxes in Organisations Today (mini-conference in the Bridger tradition) (2011)
  • Leadership for the Future (2010)
  • A Delicate Balance: Challenge for Professionals Managing Multiple Roles (mini-conference) (2009)
  • Inter-generational Dynamics in the Workplace (2008)
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