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Important Update Concerning COVID-19:

In light of the most recent COVID-19 predictions, the Mind & Life Institute is moving the Contemplative Research Conference (CRC) to an online format. At CRC Online, attendees will not only be able to absorb great content and ideas, but also engage with other faculty and attendees in community building and genuine interaction through an innovative online platform that is created just for Mind & Life’s Contemplative Research Conference.


Registration Now Open

Online, November 5-8, 2020
Call for Abstracts Open through August 15
Scholarship Applications Accepted through September 15


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The Mind & Life 2020 Contemplative Research Conference is an international conference for rigorous interdisciplinary investigation of contemplative practices and programs in diverse contexts. The conference will feature plenary sessions and concurrent symposia on a diverse range of topics and best practices within contemplative research, including basic research, clinical studies, cultural and philosophical analyses, and education. Themes of particular interest include the role that contemplative approaches may play in enhancing social connectivity, reducing polarization, and the development of individual and societal flourishing .

Sessions and events will provide attendees with a range of opportunities, including discussion and debate about our latest findings and related issues, such as best practices for interdisciplinary research. In addition to invited dynamic plenary speakers and panels, the conference will feature participant-driven papers, posters, and symposia, experiential meditation sessions, contemplative arts, and other opportunities for career development, socializing and networking.

Contemplative Research Conference Planning Committee: John Dunne, University of Wisconsin-Madison (co-chair); Linda Carlson, University of Calgary (co-chair); Doris Chang, New York University; Amishi Jha, University of Miami; Neil Dalal, University of Alberta; and Dave Vago, Vanderbilt University.

Featured Speakers: Kalina Christoff, University of British Columbia; Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, University of Lancaster; Kim Schonert-Reichl, University of British Columbia; David Creswell, Carnegie Mellon University; Margaret Cullen, Portland State University; Richard Davidson, Center for Healthy Minds; Thupten Jinpa, Center for Compassion; and Cheryl Woods-Giscombe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

We are looking forward to gathering together in a virtual conference to share current mindfulness research in a safe and engaging way for all of our participants. Thank you for your understanding and patience, and all of us at the Mind & Life Institute are looking forward to bringing you an immersive and exciting experience in a socially responsible way.