Marié Wissing obtained a Drs-degree at the Free University of Amsterdam (cum laude) and a DPhil at the Potchefstroom University for CHE (now North-West University; NWU), and lectured at various universities in South Africa as well as in Europe. She was the director of the School for Psychosocial Behavioural Sciences until 2009, and is currently a senior researcher in the Africa Unit for Trans-disciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) of the NWU. Professionally she is a clinical psychologist with teaching experience in general psychology, clinical psychology, neuropsychology, industrial psychology and positive psychology for which she developed several curricula in South Africa. She developed with colleagues the first masters degree in Positive Psychology in South Africa which is also internationally recognized. She conceptualized psychofortology (i.e. the science of psychological strengths; forté = strengths) in 1997 as a new sub-discipline in psychology in SA before the international development of positive psychology came to the forefront. She organised the First Positive Psychology Conference in Africa in 2006. Her current research focus is on the understanding, measurement and promotion of psychosocial well-being and strengths in diverse contexts from a bio-psycho-social health perspective. Her research programme in psychofortology / positive psychology includes several team research projects that focus on the exploration of the nature, prevalence, patterns, dynamics and enhancement of psychological well-being in various contexts as well as the validation of psychometric instruments for the SA context. This research programme consists of projects building unto each other, namely: A Trans-University research programme in Fortology: Clarification and advancement of psychosocial wellbeing in adults and children, and in various contexts (FORT1, 2002-2005); Understanding and promoting psychosocial health, resilience and strengths in an African context (FORT2, 2006-2007); and The prevalence of levels of psychosocial health: dynamics and relationships with biomarkers of (ill)health in South African social contexts (FORT3, 2008/2012 - current). FORT 4 is in development which will further explore the dynamics of psychosocial well-being, refine theoretical models, and evaluate the validity of measures as well as the impact of interventions to enhance psychosocial health. The main focus now is on meaning, goals, relational well-being, and cultures of positivity in various contexts. This project is linked to the the international 15-country Eudaimonic-Hedonic Happiness Investigation (EHHI) of which she is one of the core conceptualizing and overseeing members, and in which they explore facets and theories of well-being across cultures and countries in a mixed method approach (see for example Delle Fave et al, 2016). She also participated in several multi-disciplinary research projects (e.g. THUSA, PURE, SOPP, POWIRS, FLAGH, SABPA). Research funding had been obtained from several resources, amongst others National Research Foundation (NRF). She is a NRF rated researcher. She is on the editorial boards of various top journals in the disciplinary field of positive psychology such as the Journal of Happiness Studies (JOHS), the International Journal for Applied Positive Psychology, and the journal Psychology of Well-being: Theory, Research & Practice. She reviewed also articles for these journals as well as for The Journal of Positive Psychology, Ethnicity & Health, the International Journal for Sociology and Antropology, Journal of Aging and others, and for African journals such as the Journal of Psychology in Africa (JPA), South African Journal for Psychology, Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe/Journal of Humanities, and others. She reviewed funding applications for research institutes of other countries such as the Netherlands, Croatia. She was the guest editor for a special section on Meaning and Relational Well-being for the JPA (2014). To date she published 92 articles in accredited scientific journals, wrote 14 chapters for scientific books and edited the book Well-being Research in South Africa published in an international series by Springer (with currently 17,601 chapter downloads). According to Researchgate there is 1209 citations of her work until April 2016. She did 80 international and 34 national conference presentations, including keynotes (South Africa, 2000; Portugal, 2010; Italy, 2016). Several (n=109) students (80 masters and 29 doctoral) completed their studies under her supervision or co-supervision, and several more are in process. She was on the scientific committees of several international conferences (e.g., the Fourth European Positive Psychology Conference (EPPC) 2008, Croatia; the 5th EPPC, Denmark 2010; the Second Australian Positive Psychology Conference in 2010; the Second World Conference on Positive Psychology 2011 in the USA, and the 2012 XXX International Congress of Psychology in South Africa. She acted as member of the specialist committee of the NRF for the rating of psychologists 2002 – 2003, and as chairperson in 2004. She received the Stals prize for Psychology in 2003 by the South African Academy of Science and Arts (Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns) and a reward for contribution to work wellness in 2004 at the South African Work Wellness Conference. She is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and is on the Board of Directors for the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA).