2018 International Forum on Consciousness Explores Means and Metrics for Detecting and Measuring Consciousness May 17-18 in Madison, WI

The 17th International Forum on Consciousness will draw a diverse group of thought leaders in neuroscience and consciousness to Madison, WI May 17–18, 2018. (Graphic: Business Wire)

MADISON, Wis.--()--A diverse panel of thought leaders in the study of neuroscience and consciousness, from the chief scientist and president of the Allen Institute for Brain Science to the principal English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will engage in a lively exploration of Means and Metrics for Detecting and Measuring Consciousness at the 17th International Forum on Consciousness May 17–18, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Forum will delve into emerging technologies for looking into the phenomenon of consciousness such as sleep, wakefulness, altered states, focused attention, and coma and also consider how the ability to better measure consciousness may create opportunities to improve human function, resolve disease states, and keep the brain/mind healthier throughout all stages of life. Attendees can also choose from a variety of movement and experiential opportunities during the Forum. Find abstracts, schedules, speaker information and more at www.btci.org/consciousness.

  • When: May 17-18, 2018
  • Where: The BioPharmaceutical Technology Center on the Promega Campus, 5445 East Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711
  • Who: Open to the general public, but limited to 300 participants
  • Registration: Pre-registration is required. There are a limited number of scholarships available to assist with the $265 fee. Register at www.btci.org/events-symposia-2018/international-forum-on-consciousness/

The International Forum on Consciousness is a yearly event dedicated to information-sharing and discussion regarding important—and often challenging—topics related to the exploration of consciousness. It is co-hosted by the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTC Institute) and Promega Corporation. View videos of past Forums here.

2018 Presenters:

  • Heather Berlin, Ph.D., MPH (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Weill Cornell Medicine/NY Presbyterian Hospital, Department of Neurological Surgery, Sackler Brain and Spine Institute, New York, NY) Who’s Really in Control? Quantifying the Influence of the Unconscious Brain
  • Melanie Boly, M.D., Ph.D. (Clinical Neurophysiology Fellow, Department of Neurology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI) Quantifying Consciousness from First Principles: Integrated Information Theory
  • Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. (President, Institute of Tibetan Classics; Adjunct Professor, Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, McGill School of Religious Studies, Montreal, Quebec; Principal English Translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama) Challenges and Opportunities for Consciousness Research: Perspectives from Buddhist Thought and Meditative Practice
  • Christof Koch, Ph.D. (Chief Scientist & President, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle, WA) Consciousness and its Place in Nature
  • Nicholas D. Schiff, M.D. (The Jerold B. Katz Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience in the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute & Professor of Neuroscience, Neurology, and Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College; Co-director, CASBI, the Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY) Hidden Cognition in the Severely Injured Brain: How to Identify It and Where Do We Go from There?
  • Franz Vollenweider, M.D., FMH Psych. (Co-Director for Psychiatric Research, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics; Director, Neuropsychopharmacology and Brain Imaging & Heffter Research Center, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland) Within and Without Self: Teachings from Psychedelics

About the BTC Institute

The BTC Institute is a not-for-profit organization operated exclusively for educational, scientific and cultural purposes. Learn more about its K–12 programs, scientific course offerings, and annual educational forums and symposia at www.btci.org/.


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The 17th International Forum on Consciousness explores Means and Metrics for Detecting and Measuring Consciousness May 17–18, 2018, in Madison, WI.

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Karin Borgh, (608) 277-2508