The first of two training workshops will explore the best practices and general principles of collaborative, transdisciplinary research. Participants will hear from current researchers in the contemplative sciences, who will discuss methodological considerations and interpersonal and organizational opportunities and challenges commonly encountered. Participants will be guided through small group exercises, which will continue outside of the workshop and conclude during the second transdisciplinary training on Friday.

Evan Thompson, PhD

University of British Columbia

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee, Reviewer

Evan Thompson is a writer and Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, where he is also an Associate Member of the Department of Asian Studies and the … MORE

Lis Nielsen, PhD

National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health

Nielsen leads the National Institute on Aging (NIA)’s Individual Behavioral Processes Branch, which supports behavioral, psychological and integrative biobehavioral research on the mechanistic pathways linking social and behavioral factors to … MORE

Elizaveta Solomonova, PhD

McGill University


Elizaveta Solomonova is an interdisciplinary scientist of the mind, working at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience, philosophy and the arts. Her main research interest is the neurophenomenology of conscious experiences … MORE

Michael Lifshitz, PhD

Stanford University


I am interested in the plasticity of human consciousness. My research investigates practices that aim to transform subjective experience—from meditation and hypnosis to placebos, prayer, and contemplative therapies. I work … MORE