Love in Lockdown: Free online event series

We know how challenging these lockdowns are, especially for singles. So we created an en event series to bring our community together, learn, laugh and connect. The ‘Love in Lockdown’ webinar series featured an incredible line-up of speakers including some of the world-leading researchers in dating and relationship psychology, Australia’s #1 matchmaker, singles advocates and real stories of dating success.
The webinars were hosted by me and were presented in partnership with RSVP.

The psychology of dating

Date: Tuesday 17 August, 8 - 9pm on Zoom
Deep dive into the psychology of dating and online dating profiles. You’ll learn what men and women prioritise in their searches, we’ll discuss profiles on all the major dating platforms and give real feedback to some very courageous volunteers!
- Dave Heysen, CEO RSVP
- Dr Stephen Whyte, Director Centre of behavioural economics at QUT
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The psychology of relationships

Date: Tuesday 24 August, 8 - 9pm on Zoom
What does the research tell us to look for in a partner? What should it feel like when you fall in love? And how to know when it’s time to move on.
- Ruth Osborne, Sydney psychologist and relationship expert who appears in Rebekah’s book ‘138 Dates’.
- Prof Martin Graff from University of Wales who is studying how Covid has changed the way we date and form romantic connections.
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Dating success! Inside scoop from Sydney’s millionaire matchmaker.

Date: Tuesday 31 August, 8 - 9pm on Zoom
What do men and women ask for when they work with a matchmaker? What goes wrong and right on a first date?
- Trudy Gilbert, Elite Introductions (Australia’s top matchmaker)
- We’ll also meet three couples who connected online and now have successful long-term relationships. We’ll unpick everything from what attracted them to each other’s dating profiles, the first online messages, the first meeting and how their relationships progressed.
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Come together: Issues facing singles in lockdown

Date: Tuesday 7 September, 8 - 9pm
Managing isolation and how Covid has changed the way we date.
- Jenny Leong, Human rights advocate and MP for Newtown
- Melanie Tait, former ABC journalist who successfully lobbied the NSW Government for a Singles Bubble
- Jemma Gilchrist, Clinical Psychologist at Macquarie University
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