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ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

Please join us for our 5 day Virtual IASD International Conference, featuring five world renowned keynote speakers and more than 130 presentations from over 100 presenters around the globe. It is more than just a conference; even in its virtual format, it will be an extravaganza of fascinating presentations and special events. The program features peer reviewed presentations and workshops, in a multidisciplinary program including the scientific, psychological, spiritual, artistic, healing, lucid and extraordinary, ethnic and cultural aspects of dreaming; and a lot of fun events including opening receptions, a virtual Dream Art Exhibition and a meet the artists reception, the annual PSI Dreaming Contest, and even a virtual gathering for the ever-popular costume parade and Dream Ball. This year’s featured tracks include Dreams and Ethnicity and Dreams and The Arts.

Go to the Program menu link above for the Schedule and Presentation Listing. CLICK HERE for a description of, and in certain cases instructions for, some of the special features of the conference this year as well as special online and live events to be posted prior to the conference.

  • ENTRY PORTAL For the virtual conference registrants will be sent, a private link prior to the conference.  It will link to an entry portal which will permit you to attend all the events.  It will contain all of the conference information and announcements but more importantly the final Schedule at a Glance a daily schedule which is continually updated and Zoom Portal containing the information needed to access the events.
  • OPENING DAY RECEPTIONS: including the Opening Reception, Researcher Reception. Regional Representative Reception and First Timer Reception
  • IASD MEMBERSHIP MEETING
  • DREAM TELEPATHY CONTEST!
  • VIRTUAL COSTUME PARADE AND DREAM BALL
  • ONLINE ART EXHIBITION : and associated events such as the Meet the Artists Panel and Reception plus Voting instructions for the Peoples Choice Award (for registered participants only)

OUR KEYNOTES AND INVITED SPEAKERS

Fanny Brewster, PhD – Dreams: Letting My Heart Be Broken
Dr. Fanny Brewster is a Jungian analyst and Professor of Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a writer of nonfiction including African Americans and Jungian Psychology: Leaving the ShadowsArchetypal Grief: Slavery’s Legacy of Intergenerational Child Loss; and The Racial Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race. Her poems have been published in Psychological PerspectivesJournal where she was the Featured Poet, as well as in other journals.

Eduardo Duran, PhD – Dream Entity Bringing Form From the Blackworld to the Plantworld
Eduardo Duran, PhD has been working as a psychologist in Indian country for over 30 years. He integrates western clinical theory with Indigenous theory as a method of exploring the psyche. Teachings from his Indigenous teachers informs all of his writings and clinical work. His books include Native American Postcolonial Psychology; Buddha in Redface;and Healing the Soul Wound: Counseling with American Indians and Other Native Peoples.

Tore Nielsen, Professor – DIY Dream Research: The Case of Sleep Onset Dreaming
Professor of Psychiatry, U Montréal; Director, Dream & Nightmare Laboratory (Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine). Tore’s research concerns sleep onset microdreaming, dreaming’s role in learning/memory, and nightmare pathophysiology. His research methods include introspection, polysomnography, targeted memory reactivation, cognitive and personality testing, REM sleep deprivation, EEG/ECG spectral analysis, VR exposure, and internet-based dream collection.

Keith Salmon(Closing Film Event) – To Walk in Beauty
Keith Salmon interweaves original videography, poetry, prose, sound, and song to explore the intimate relationship between the Natural World and the World of Dreams. His work represents a constellation of the insights and revelations gained through his lifelong exploration of Nature’s mysteries through the lenses of both biological science and art—and his 35-year apprenticeship in the study of dreams.

Michael Nadorff, PhD (Research Invited) – Bad Dreams and Nightmares: Causes, Correlates, and Interventions
Dr. Michael Nadorff is an associate professor of psychology at Mississippi State University. His research focuses on the association between sleep difficulties, particularly nightmares, and suicide. He has published more than 65 peer-reviewed manuscripts and received more than $4.5 million in external grant funding from NIMH, SAMHSA, and the CDC.

REGISTRATION: remains open throughout the conference

  • Although we suggest everyone register before the conference starts in order to fully participate in all program features, registration remains open throughout the conference.
  • Registration – for the virtual conference, registration fees have been deeply reduced and the need for hotel and meal reservations eliminated. Normally an in-person conference could cost between $460 – $630 for registration (depending on member / student / income status) with an additional cost of a hotel, meals and transportation.  The virtual format provides affordable access, at roughly half the registration fees as compared to the in-person conference, in the comfort of your living room.