State of the Field—Discoveries, Opportunities, and Challenges
November 5-8, 2020: Online Event

An Interactive Online Conference Featuring the Latest Findings on the Research of Meditation, Mindfulness, and Other Contemplative Practices. 

What To Expect

  • The Mind & Life 2020 Contemplative Research Conference is an international conference for rigorous interdisciplinary investigation of mindfulness and other contemplative practices and programs in diverse contexts
  • Live keynote lectures and panels sharing big ideas and examining new influences in the field
  • Hundreds of papers and posters bringing the latest ideas from the front lines of contemplative research and study
  • Numerous networking opportunities in live meetings, forums, and social features built into the conference website
  • Contemplative practice sessions and contemplative arts to ground the insights and embodied experience

Who Should Attend

Those who are doing the research

This is an international, interdisciplinary academic conference for scientists, scholars, and practitioners from diverse disciplines including neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, clinical science, integrative health, contemplative studies, and education to share their work. 

Those who want to learn about the research

CRC is also a place for professionals and leaders in the mindfulness and contemplative fields, to hear cutting edge research, find emerging voices, and be the first to know about new trends in the field.

What You'll Find

Keynote Speakers  •  Panel Discussions  •  Symposia and Paper Sessions  •  Posters  •  Contemplative Arts and Experiential Practice Sessions  •  Social Opportunities  •  Professional Development and Networking

Key Dates and Information

  • Registration is now closed. General registration: $275 for the full online conference experience including access to the interactive online platform. Special rates are available for students ($125) and for monastics/clerical ($50). 
  • Applications for Scholarships are now closed. Successful scholarship recipients will enjoy a reduced registration rate of $25 for the full online conference experience. *If you are not able to pay scholarship fee or don’t have a credit card please contact us at
  • CE Credits: Continuing Education credits were not offered for CRC 2020.

Featured Speakers

Alejandro Chaoul

Jung Center's Mind Body Spirit Institute


Kalina Christoff

University of British Columbia


David Creswell

Carnegie Mellon University


Molly Crockett

 Compassion Institute


Margaret Cullen

 Compassion Institute


Richard Davidson

Center for Healthy Minds


Thupten Jinpa

Compassion Institute


Grant Jones

The Black Lotus Collective


Jon Kabat-Zinn

University of Massachusetts Medical School


Hawah Kasat

One Common Unity


Antoine Lutz

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Vivek Murthy

19th Surgeon General, United States

Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad

Lancaster University


Kim Schonert-Reichl

University of British Columbia


Amy Cohen Varela

Mind & Life Europe


Cheryl Woods Giscombe

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Carine Gibert

Grounded in Motion


Andreas Roepstorff

Aarhus University


Wen Chen

National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health


Pam Jeter

National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health

Lanay Mudd

National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health


Jessica McKlveen

National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health


Veronica Selzler

Hattaway Communications


Mohammed Hamid Mohammed

Fetzer Institute

Roman R. Williams

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion



Helen Weng

University of California, San Francisco



Program Planning Committee: Contemplative Research Conference

The Program Planning Committee (PPC) members are invited specialists from diverse disciplines and perspectives who bring their expertise to curate and produce the content for the Contemplative Research Conference and Education Preconference. 

Linda Carlson
CRC Planning Committee  Co-Chair
University of Calgary


John Dunne
CRC Planning Committee Co-Chair
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Doris Chang

New York University


Neil Dalal

University of Alberta     


Amishi Jha

University of Miami



Dave Vago

Vanderbilt University



Our Mission:
Bridging science and contemplative wisdom to
foster insight and inspire action toward flourishing.

Our Values: