Keynote and Invited Speakers

Introducing the 2019 Keynote and Invited Speakers

KEYNOTE:  Dr Isabelle Arnulf is a professor of neurology at the Sorbonne University, Paris and head of the sleep disorders clinic at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital. Her research thematics are focused on neurological sleep disorders, mainly abnormal behaviors during sleep (sleepwalking, REM sleep behavior disorders), sleep in Parkinson’s disease and central hypersomnias, and what these disorders tell us about dreaming.

Talk Title: Parasomnia: A Window Into Dreaming Process?

KEYNOTE:  Dr Stefan Klein is considered one of the most influential science writers in Europe. He studied physics and analytical philosophy in Munich, Grenoble and Freiburg and graduated in biophysics. But after some years in academic research he started a new career as a science writer because he “wanted to inspire people with a reality that is more exciting than any thriller”. His latest work is Dreams.

Talk Title: The Road to Reality: How the New Science of Dreams Explains Our Mind

KEYNOTE:  Dr Penny Sartori worked as a nurse in a British hospital for 21 years, 17 of those being in Intensive Care. She has conducted unique and extensive research into the near-death experiences (NDEs) of her patients. In 2005 she was awarded a PhD for her research into NDEs. Dr Sartori’s work has received worldwide attention and media coverage and her work has received the attention of HRH Prince Charles.

Talk Title: Near-Death-Experiences and Visitation Dreams

INVITED: Dr Kate Adams is Professor of Education and Childhood at the University of Winchester, UK. Kate has done research into children’s divine dreams and spent two decades researching, publishing and presenting her work on children’s spirituality globally. A former Secretary and Director of IASD, Kate is co-editor of Dreaming in Christianity and Islam, and Dreams and Spirituality. She is the author of Unseen Worlds: Looking through the Lens of Childhood.

Talk Title: The Hidden Worlds of Children’s Spiritual Dreams

INVITED:  Dr Francesca Siclari is a neurologist and attending physician at the Center for Investigation on Research and Sleep of the Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland. She investigates the neural correlates of dreaming using high-density EEG and serial awakening paradigms and has done some ground-breaking work identifying what she calls the dreaming “hot zone.”

Talk title: The EEG Correlates of Dreaming