Call for Presentations

The Call for Presentations and Call for Posters Deadlines have now passed. 

Please only use this form if you have been instructed to do so by the Presentations Review Committee.

IASD is a non-profit international organization which supports the multidisciplinary research and study of dreams and the application of dreamwork by professionals, as well as anyone interested in the scientific, psychological, spiritual, artistic, healing, cultural and extraordinary aspects of dreaming. Our conference is a five-day event of symposia, panels, workshops, and lectures typically featuring over 160 presenters from 20 or more countries around the world, typically attended by 350 to over 500 persons.

Submissions Solicited: High quality proposals are invited that fall into any of the following tracks: Research and Theory; Clinical Approaches; Dreamwork Practices; Arts and Humanities; Education; Religion, Spirituality and Philosophy; Extraordinary, PSI and Lucid Dreams; Dreams and Health; Culture and History; and Mental Imagery.

Submission Categories include: Paper Presentations; Symposia; Panels; Workshops; Special Events; Morning Dream Groups; and Poster Papers.

Online Submission Only: All submissions must be made online at 

IASD encourages presenters of all backgrounds to apply and to be sensitive to matters of diversity and disability in their submissions and presentations. IASD does not discriminate in accepting proposals with respect to race, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation or various forms of disability.

Submission Instructions

HINTS for best chances of approval: Read the instructions carefully.

Deadline adherence is critical. Submissions received by the deadlines will be considered to be final. We are not planning a conditional acceptance cycle, but you may receive follow-up questions or requests to help us clarify or better schedule your talk. Also, a wait list may be established for acceptable proposals that we cannot immediately schedule.

Multiple proposals are welcome but because of scheduling limitations and fairness to others, they will be considered options for us to choose from.  Multiple lengthy presentations (workshops and/or special events) will usually result in only one being accepted; also presenting in a multitude of symposia/panels could result in other proposals you have being declined.

Timely Response to email correspondence is mandatory.  Please honor that we have strict planning deadlines we must stick with to make a conference happen, so it is very important that you respond promptly (within a few days) to email requests. If we cannot contact you and run out of time we may be forced to drop your submission or move you to the wait list.

Limiting your attendance to specific days or times may be necessary for you, but please realize that it increases the risk of our not being able to schedule and accept your proposal.

AV is limited and not available in some workshop rooms, particularly art spaces, thus workshops requiring AV are more vulnerable to scheduling limitations.

Do not read your presentation. With the very understandable exception of cases where there is a language barrier, the reading of a presentation generates a lot of complaints which could result in you receiving negative evaluations that can affect future chances of acceptance.

Proceed as Follows:


1) THIS PAGE OF INSTRUCTIONS (printable version)

2) a SAMPLE FORM by clicking on the appropriate one listed below. NOTE: sample forms are for preparing the text that can be cut & pasted into the eventual online form you will be using to submit your proposal; they are NOT active forms that can be used for submission; the button to the active online forms is provided in STEP #3 below. (Sample forms updated 5-Dec-2016)

    Multi-Presentation Session:
    Organized Symposium, Organized Panel, Organized Multi-presentation Special Event.
    Single Presentation:
    Paper presentation or short talk, Research Brief, Lecture, Workshop, Special Event (includes presenter or co-presenter(s) arrangements, as long as they are engaged in the same single presentation/workshop/event).
    Poster: A theory or research paper by single or multiple presenter(s) or co-authors, to be posted with presenter available for discussion during a 2 to 3 hour session.


Because this will be an online submission which must be completed in its entirety and cannot be recalled for editing, we suggest you download the SAMPLE FORM which is in MS Word and use it to collect and prepare the information for your eventual online submission.  Cut and paste the information you prepared from the SAMPLE FORM into the online form. Note the word limits in many fields and count your words before you try to paste them into the form.  Future editing or changes can be done if minor by notifying us by email, but substantial changes may require that the form be resubmitted in its entirety.

Note that if you are proposing a multi-presentation session, YOU as submitter must organize all of the materials for the various presentations (names, bios, summaries, abstracts, etc.) into a single submission form. So contact your other presenters, gather their materials in accordance with the requirements of the form, and determine the order of presentation.


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  1. At the beginning of the online form, select Single Presentation or Multi-Presentation;
  2. Complete all applicable fields; those identified with an asterisk (*) are mandatory;
  3. Cut and paste the summaries, bios, abstract, vitae, and other information prepared off-line into this form;
  4. Carefully review your completed form before clicking the “SUBMIT” button on the bottom of the form.*

*Note: Once you have submitted, you will not be able to retrieve the form for online editing. If you later decide to make a change to your submission, you will have to resubmit the proposal in its entirety unless changes are minor enough to be added manually (contact to request a minor correction).


All presenters must register for the conference and pay the appropriate fees. Once you submit your presentation, please click on the registration link on this website.

  • EXTENDED:  Note that we offer an early registration discount for presenters, if you register prior to 15 January 2017.  This discount applies to all who submitted a proposal whether approved or not. All approved presenters are required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate fees prior to 15 March 2017 to remain on the program.  If you register early to take advantage of the presenter’s early discount, and your submission is subsequently NOT accepted, you will be given a full refund if you notify us before 15 March 2017 that you no longer wish attend. Refunds before that date for approved presenters are subject to administrative fees and there are no refunds after that date because we must finalize the program at that point. We also highly recommend that you register early for your lodging to ensure discounted room availability at the conference site.

Please be aware that scheduling is extremely tight and we must remain fair to all submitters, including those whom we were unable to fit into the program – we appreciate your courtesy to them and to us in maintaining your commitment.


Your Abstract Must Contain the Following:

(1) Author name(s).

(2) Title.

(3) a (not-to publish) note in brackets, only if applicable.

(4) Introductory Statement (which can be similar the 50 work Summary provided to describe the presentation) summarizing the essence of the presentation, perhaps including the general basis for and basic structure of the presentation.

(5) An Expanded Description of the Presentation as it is to appear on the conference website. Please do not include charts and graphs. Your abstract must include the following:

(a) A basis for what you are presenting and how you have adapted it (established theories or methods; works or writings of others; prior explorations or findings by yourself or others).

(b) A summary of the presentation in your own words which describes specifically, in easily understood common terminology, what you are presenting; generally outlining the presentation sequence from beginning to end.

(6) Workshops and Morning Dream Group abstracts MUST also contain the following (which can be woven into the description outlined above):

  1. a) Indicate the specific Methods or Techniques to be utilized during the workshop (ex: Monte Ullman’s group approach, Gestalt Therapy dialogue, guided imaging/meditation etc.);
  2. b) State whether any dream “interpretation” will be performed and who remains the “ultimate authority” on the personal meaning of the dream (review IASD Ethics statement);
  3. c) In your presentation summary, describe the steps in the approach that you plan to teach sequentially from beginning to end. Indicate all activities in which attendees will be encouraged to participate, such as using expressive arts techniques, role play or acting out the dream, breaking into dyads for discussion, group projection, etc.;
  4. d) Indicate the approximate % of the workshop planned for didactic introduction/lecture versus experiential work with/by the participants. Workshops are meant to be experiential but will typically contain didactic portions to introduce the underlying theory, methods and illustrations. The didactic portion should not exceed 1/3 of the total workshop time. If you do wish to propose a largely didactic based workshop, it must have periods of audience interaction and/or exercises for the purposes of training or education. Please clearly indicate that intent, so that we can consider whether or how it might be included or characterized in the program. If it appears to be a long lecture it will likely be declined.

(7) Audience: at the end of the abstract, add a sentence that indicates the target level of the audience: Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced, For All.

All presentations (except artistic expression and those intended for entertainment purposes) must contain Learning Objectives (as defined below). Any submission which does not follow these guidelines may be declined. For our CE qualification process to pass APA audit, it is crucial that you follow the guidelines for writing learning objectives and evaluation questions described below. There is a limit of 25 words for each learning objective.

Format: The three (3) learning objectives are to be observable and measurable learning outcomes that clearly describe what the learner will be able to do as a result of having attended your presentation. The learning objectives MUST: a) match the content of your proposal as described in your title, summary, and abstract, and b) use only the active verbs listed below.

Use Only These Verbs When Writing Learning Objectives:

Identify, summarize, list, describe, differentiate, discuss, compute, predict, explain, demonstrate, utilize, analyze, design, select, create, plan, assess, compare, critique, write, apply, prepare, use, compile, revise.

Avoid These Verbs:

Know, understand, learn, appreciate, become aware of, or become familiar with.

Example:  Participants who attend this presentation will be able to:

  1. List three attributes of post-traumatic nightmares.
  2. Compare and contrast the characteristics of night terrors versus nightmares.
  3. Describe three clinical techniques to use with trauma survivors suffering from disturbing nightmares.