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Joining primatologist Jane Goodall at this illuminating panel at the "Happiness & Its Causes" conference is the French monk Matthieu Ricard, Philosophy Professor Paul Griffiths and moderator Scott Stephens from ABC Religion & Ethics.

Dr Jane Goodall is an internationally-acclaimed primatologist, environmentalist and UN Messenger of Peace. She is also the best-selling author of "Hope for Animals and Their World" and "Reasons for Hope: A Spiritual Journey". Goodall began studying the social organization of chimpanzees in 1960, in what is now Tanzania, under the mentorship of famed anthropologist and palaeontologist, Dr Louis Leakey. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is considered a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats.

Matthieu Ricard is a French monk, acclaimed photographer and Co-ordinator of the Karuna-Shechen Humanitarian Projects. He is also the best-selling author of "Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill". Ricard is a Buddhist monk who went from a scientific career in France to the study of Buddhism in the Himalayas nearly 40 years ago. His other books include "Happiness, The Monk and the Philosopher", "The Quantum and the Lotus", "The Art of Meditation" and, as a photographer, "Motionless Journey".

Professor Paul Griffiths is University Professorial Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney and Professor of Philosophy of Science, ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, University of Exeter in the UK. He is also author of "Sex and Death: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology and What Emotions Really Are".

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