In some visions for contemplative studies, considerable importance is given to the integration of personal and professional practice. How might this work in practice, and what challenges and potentials does this entail in the laboratory, the clinic, and other contexts of research and application? Drawing on examples from our research projects and interventions, we offer reflections on our own experiences as scholars in the cognitive, health, and social sciences; as educators; and as practitioners in different contemplative traditions bringing practice into the lab, the clinic, and education settings. What does practice bring to our research in cognitive science, in neuroscience, in anthropology, and
psychiatry? And how do interdisciplinary engagement and scientific research inform our practice? We envision the panel as moving towards an open exchange with the audience to explore key issues around the links between the personal and the professional, between scientific/scholarly practice, and contemplative practice.

Lone Fjorback

Research Clinic for Functional Disorders and Psychosomatics, Aarhus University Hospital


Andreas Roepstorff, PhD

Aarhus University

Fellow, Grantee, Reviewer

Andreas Roepstorff, Ph.D. is Professor, Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience and Department of Social Anthropology, Aarhus University / Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark. As an anthropologist in neuroscience, Andreas tries to … MORE

Martijn van Beek, PhD

Aarhus University, Denmark


Martijn van Beek, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and based at the Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University in Denmark. He lived and worked among … MORE