Do you want to engage with current research into meditation and mindfulness? If yes, here are a few opportunities that might work for you.
Reflecting the growing number of researchers engaged in meditation and mindfulness research, the increasingly diverse settings meditation-based approaches are applied in and the expanding range of scientific questions that are being addressed, more and more meetings are set up for staying informed, exchanging and learning more.
Here my top list of upcoming events, in chronological order:
This is the flagship symposium organised by Mind & Life – a large number of keynotes, master lectures, individual papers, poster presentations, contemplative practice and arts. (Note: Now the conference programme is available for download as pdf)
Organised by the newly established International Association Consciousness, Mindfulness, Compassion this multi-disciplinary meeting will bring together an exciting mix of international scholars and meditation teachers and practitioners to explore how contemplative practice and scientific research can best inform each other. For me certainly the number one event in the list.
Every year the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University organises a conference primarily evolving around the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programme, for which the CMRP is the leading organisation in Europe, providing MBSR teacher training, an MSc programme and engaging in research. Every other year the conference is organised as a large scale event with many international speakers. The 2015 conference is, again, on this larger scale and is usually heavily over-subscribed. If you want to attend, you need to get in soon.
In Summer 2014 the first European Mind & Life Summer Research Institute took place and was a full success. Building on the experience of the US/International Mind & Life Summer Research Institute which took place annually since 2004 at the Garrison Institute (NY), it brought together almost 150 researchers, meditators, meditation teachers and scholars. Meditation practice, retreat, scientific conference and informal exchange supported by the beautiful location of the Fraueninsel in the Chiemsee (Bavaria, Germany) was the right mix to inspire all participants. In the same way as the US version of the summer research institute became a catalyst for developments in contemplative science, the ESRI appears to become the same for Europe.
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