Call for Presentations


The Submission Deadline for Presentation Proposals is now over. 

EXTENDED DEADLINE:  Poster submissions will be accepted until: 15 March 2019

Submissions Solicited: The program is multi-disciplinary, therefore 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.

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.


If you have questions regarding the submission process, please contact the Program Committee at

Submissions Instructions

HINTS for best chances of approval: Read These Instructions.

  • Deadline adherence is critical. Submissions received by the deadlines will be considered the final version for review. Any received past the deadline will remain on a wait list status.
  • 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 e-mail correspondence within a few days is mandatory. Please honor that we must stick to strict planning deadlines to make this conference happen. If we cannot contact you and run out of time we may be forced to drop your submission.
  • Limiting your attendance to specific days or times may be necessary for you, but please realize that it increases the risk of NOT being able to schedule 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 and decline.
  • CE Qualification – See CE information below.
  • Do NOT Read Your Presentation – with the understandable exception of a language barrier, reading a presentation word for word, as opposed to working from notes and engaging with the audience, generates a lot of complaints which could result in you receiving negative evaluations which will affect acceptance for future presentations.
  • Recording, Video and Photographs: All lecture style presentations, particularly those that might be combined into a panel or symposium, will be audio recorded and expect that at times people with smart phones may take a picture of your slides – so prepare your presentation accordingly. Workshops on the other hand are experiential and contain personal sharing and will not be audio recorded by IASD nor will we permit video recordings or photographs (either by a film-maker or personally) to take place in those sessions without the express permission of every person present (and to comply with the new European guidelines, they must also be told exactly where and how their image will be used). Room monitors will announce this ruling it is good to remind persons yourself as well if you see someone recording. Art and artistic performances shall not be video recorded or photographed without the permission of the artist.

Proceed as Follows:

STEP #1DOWNLOAD (click the blue link to download sample forms):

1) THIS PAGE OF INSTRUCTIONS (printable version)

2) SAMPLE FORM by clicking on the appropriate one listed below. NOTE: sample forms are NOT ACTIVE forms – they are only for preparing your text on so that can be cut & paste it into the eventual online form.  Use the button in in STEP #3 below to get the online form for your submission.

  • Multi-Presentation Session: Organized Symposium, Organized Panel, Organized multi-presentation Special Event.
    Single Presentation:
    Short Talk (paper presentation), Research Brief, Lecture, Workshop, Special Event, Morning Dream Group.  This can include co-presenter(s) 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 created and posted on a foam board and easel (provided) with presenter available for discussion during a 2 to 3 hour session.


Because your submission must be made online and completed in its entirety (it cannot be recalled for editing) we suggest you download the SAMPLE FORMS (in MS Word) and use it to collect and prepare the information to cut and paste into your eventual online submission.  Note the word limits in many fields so count your words before you try to paste it 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.

MULTI-PRESENTER NOTE: If you are submitting for a multi-presenter 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.



  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 register for conference. Note the presenter discount and that all presenters must register by 1 March 2019 to remain on the program, after which time we must close the program and remove or replace unregistered presenters. All registrations for approved presenters are non-refundable after 1 March (and refunds subject to administrative fees prior to that date). We highly recommend that you register early for your lodging to ensure room availability at the conference site. If you register before receiving your acceptance, and your submission is subsequently NOT accepted, you will be given a full refund if you notify us before 1 March (or within 1 week of non-acceptance notification), that you no longer wish attend. 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.

CE Information

The International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

IASD seeks to promote diversity in its Continuing Education course offerings and faculty and staff selection based on cultural, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, and spiritual practices.

Qualification Criteria

Proposals qualified for CE credits will be peer reviewed and qualified based on the following:

1) Relevance: The content must have direct relevance to the acquisition of new skills by the continuing postgraduate and professional education of mental health or health care professionals with primary focus on clinical, theoretical, research or academic topics, such as the following:

  • Clinical use of dreams or mental imagery (therapeutic, theoretical, cultural perspectives)
  • Theory and research on the biology/neurology/physiology of dreaming or mental imagery
  • Nightmares, sleep and dream disorders
  • Cross-cultural, religious, spiritual issues in working with dreams or mental imagery
  • Content analysis and research on dreams and personality
  • Comparative theories of dream function or interpretation
  • Ethical issues in dream work or dream research

2) 3 Learning Objectives and 3 Literary References – must be included

3) Sound Practices: adhere to IASD ethical guidelines; sensitivity to diversity, cultural and gender issues; reasonable claims that are well-supported and balanced; and, for research, are the hypotheses, methods, and results clear and consistent.

4) Clarity: Is the title, summary and abstract clear, well-organized, and consistent?

5) Qualified Presenter: Does the presenter’s vita show expertise on the topic being proposed?

Proposals that DO NOT Qualify for CE

  • Morning Dream Group
  • Artistic Event
  • Personal Growth Session: most workshops and all presentations where the primary focus is more on personal growth (as opposed to professional training and development)
  • Personal Experience: where content is mostly based on speaker’s personal experiences
  • Unsustainable or Questionably Ethical Claims being made (ex: “deep change will occur” in a 90-minute workshop; this is the “best” approach; etc.).

Workshops that May Qualify:

To qualify for CEs a workshop proposal must be designed for training aimed at the acquisition of new skills by mental health or health care professionals who wish to learn the proposed approach. The approach can apply to personal growth however workshop proposals primarily aimed at personal growth would not qualify for CE.

CE Questions?

The IASD Continuing Education Program welcomes your questions and feedback; you may contact Linda Mastrangelo, the Administrator of Continuing Education, at