Call for Presentations

    • Call for Presentation Poster Submissions

    • The deadline has been extended to April 15th.  For people who have sent in presentation proposals, artwork, or Student Award submissions,  you will be contacted by the appropriate committee should any further information be required from you.   Thank you.

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 450 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

IASD encourages presenters of all backgrounds to apply and to be sensitive to matters ofdiversity 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.

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

Proceed as Follows:

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.
  • Do not read your presentation – with the understandable exception of 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.


1)THIS PAGE OF INSTRUCTIONS (printable version)

2) SAMPLE FORM by clicking on the appropriate one listed below. NOTEsample 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.  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 on-line 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 go to the conference website and click on the registration link.  Note the presenter discount and that all presenters must register by 15 March 2018 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 15 March (and refunds subject to administrative fees prior to that date). We highly recommend you to register early for your lodging to ensure discounted 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 15 March, or within 1 week if 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.



Your Abstract Must Contain the Following:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:
    1. 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).
    2. 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.
  3. Workshops and Morning Dream Group abstracts MUST also contain the following (which can be woven into the description outlined above):
    1. 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. 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. 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. 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.
  4.  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 that clearly describe what the learner willbe able to do as a result of having attended your presentation. The learning objectives MUST: a) be measurable or observable; b) match the content of your proposal description and b) use only the active verbslisted 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

(updated 12-11-2017, extended deadline info)