About us

Historically, the Observatory has focused on supporting K-12 violence prevention research. The Observatory’s headquarters have recently moved from Paris, France to Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.


The mission of the International Observatory for School Climate and Violence Prevention is to contribute to best practices and the science of school climate and other prosocial e.g. (well-being, social emotional learning, character education, mental health promotion) K-12 school improvement efforts as well as violence prevention efforts that support school safety and children’s healthy development, school and life success across the world.


The Observatory supports international research about individual and school wide improvement efforts that are designed to promote K-12 wellbeing, social emotional, civic and academic learning as well as safe, supportive, equitable and engaging climates for learning that promote school and life success.

The Observatory is invested in furthering conversations between research, policy and practice leaders that foster the healthy development of individual students, school communities and an engaged democratic citizenry. 

We hope that you will join us – as research, policy and/or practice learners and leaders – in furthering understandings and collaborative learning that supports all children to be able to learn and grow up in healthy ways.

Since 2001, seven world conferences have been held:

2001, Paris, France

First World Conference on School Violence

Numeralia of previous conferences


Grace Skrzypiec

Current Co-President of the International Observatory on School Climate and Violence Prevention.

Senior Lecturer in Research Methods and Statistics in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University Adelaide, Australia. Psychologist and trained secondary teacher as well as Co-Director of the Student Wellbeing and Prevention of Violence (SWAPv) Research Center. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers in recognition of outstanding contributions to excellence in research.

Jonathan Cohen

Current Co-President of the International Observatory for School Climate and Violence Prevention.

Teachers College, Columbia University; Co-founder and President-Emeritus National School Climate Center (www.schoolclimate.org/about/founder); and a practicing clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. He is a member of the Educational Advisory Council for Charaacter.org as well as the Council of Distinguished Scientists, National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development, Aspen Institute. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and five books. And, he has  worked with schools, State Departments of Education, Educational Ministries, UNICEF and the World Bank about a range of school climate / social emotional learning, mental health and risk prevention issues.

Azucena Ramos Herrera

General coordinator of the VIII World Conference

Psychologist and Master in Gestalt Psychotherapy. Retired professor at the University of Guadalajara Head of the Department of Health Sciences at CUALTOS, UdeG. She directed  researches about Violence in the School and Intervention Programs to Eliminate it. Member of the Network of Coexistence, Discipline and School Violence of the Mexican Council of Educational Research (COMIE). Speaker in 6 Conferences of the World Observatory of Violence in the School. Founder and president of the Living in Harmony Foundation, A.C.

Alfredo José  Furlán Malamud

Scientific Committee

Holds a Bachelor's and PhD in Educational Sciences from the universities of Córdoba, (Argentina) and the RENE DESCARTES, Paris V, (France) respectively. He has been in Mexico since 1976. He was the head of the Department of Pedagogy in the ENEP Iztacala. Professor of the career of Pedagogy and in the post grade of Pedagogy of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the National Autonoma University of Mexico (UNAM). Member of the curricular research group at FESI. Author of numerous publications, among other topics, on school violence.

Laura Ramos Herrera

Scientific Committee

PhD in Existential Psychotherapies. Professor in different Institutes that teach Master and Doctorate in Psychotherapy Guestalt. Author of 4 books. Psychotherapist with 40 years of experience. 

Facilitator in growth groups

Terry Carol Spitzer

Scientific Committee

Bachelor of Arts, Specialized in Sociology and Education, Queens College of the City University of New York;  Master on Science with specialization in Educational Research, Department of Educational Research, CINVESTAV-IPN.  PhD in Pedagogy, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Universidad  Nacional Autónoma of México.  Retired from the University  Autónoma de Chapingo. Active member of the Mexican Council of Educational Research A.C. and the International Observatory on Violence in Schools (now Observatory on School Climate and the Prevention of Violence).

Luz María Velázquez Reyes

Scientific Committee

PhD in Pedagogy (UNAM).  PROMEP.  Presea to the Merit in Prevention, Combat and Elimination of the Discrimination in the State of Mexico. Teacher-Researcher of the Higher Institute of Education Sciences of the State of Mexico (ISCEEM). She has published in Spain, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina and Russia. Speaker at the 2nd, 3rd,  4th,  5th, 6th, and 7th, World Conference on School Violence, held in Quebec, Canada in 2003, Bordeaux, France (2006), Lisbon, Portugal (2008) Mendoza, Argentina (2013), Lima, Peru (2015), Quebec, Canada (2018) respectively . Speaker in countless state, national and international conferences.


Gabriela Hernández Ramos: Coordinación de Tecnología · Emma Lizeth Noriega Garza: Coordinación de Relaciones Públicas · Flor López Ramos: Social Media Management · Ricardo Vázquez Valls: Unidad de Capacitación y Desarrollo · José Luis Aguirre Martínez: Tecnología Educativa · Igor Ramos Herrera: Unidad de Investigación · J. Guadalupe Zaragoza: Tecnología · Teresa Plascencia Gallo: Unidad administrativa · Antonio Salcido Ontiveros: Desarrollo Sustentable.

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