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 programs@mindandlife.org.
  • 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: 
COMPASSION • INTEGRITY • CURIOSITY • INCLUSION • EXCELLENCE