Call for Presentations

  • Due date for submissions: The December 20, 2020 Deadline is now CLOSED for main submissions. A Wait List remains OPEN on a space available basis.
  • Due date for research Hot Off The Press submissions extended until: March 15, 2021

The Conference is Going Virtual: In order to ensure the safety of our attendees and avoid the risk of once again having to cancel our conference due to ongoing pandemic conditions, IASD has now decided to hold the full 5-day conference virtually via Zoom.  It will be live and interactive with the same symposia, panels, workshops, morning dream groups, and special events offered as had been planned for the onsite program.

Although the deadline has passed for main submissions, the Call remains open for late proposals that will go on a wait list pending an opening.  The Research Poster session has now been converted to short Hot Off The Press presentations and the deadline for submission extended until 15 March. There are other changes described below to accommodate the zoom format as well.  This not only ensures the safety of participants but increases global access to the full event at a greatly reduced cost.

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Submissions Solicited: High-quality proposals are invited that fall into any of the following tracks: Dreams and the Arts; Dreams and Ethnicity; Research and Theory; Clinical Approaches; Dreamwork Practices; Education; Religion, Spirituality and Philosophy; Extraordinary, Psi and Lucid Dreams; Dreams and Health; Culture and History; and Mental Imagery. Note the special emphasis this year on Dreams and Ethnicity, and on Dreams and the Arts. Descriptions of these two tracks are noted at the bottom of this page after the submission instructions.

Categories include: Pre-organized symposia or panels; individual talks for a symposium; special events; workshops; morning dream groups; and Hot Off The Press presentations.

Online Submission Only: All submissions must be made online below.

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.

VIRTUAL FORMAT:  We plan to continue with live presentations as much as possible for symposia, lectures, workshops, and even some special events, on a similar schedule and structure to that of the on-site conference. The schedule will remain on Pacific US time but we will attempt to accommodate non-US time zones for presenters where practical to do so. Zoom based recordings would be available for non-dream sharing sessions. Information on the schedule, logistics, zoom setup and training sessions for presenters will come as planning proceeds.  The Poster session is converted to a Hot Off The Press (HOTP) session or symposia where you would present your study in 15 minute talks (10 min lecture plus 5 min Q&A). Presenters who already submitted were asked to indicate on the submission forms whether they are able and willing to present their session virtually and those that could do so have been included in the submission review and scheduling for the virtual conference.  We have moved HOTP submission deadlines out to 15 March. Also, presenter registration deadlines have been moved to accommodate the decision (main program presenters registration deadline to 15 March and HOTP presenter registration deadline to 1 April).


NOTE: Use of  your 2020 SUBMISSION(s): If your 2020 submission was fully ACCEPTED without conditions and you wish to use the exact same one for the 2021 Conference, we hope to make the process simpler for youJust locate what you sent in your files and click the USE 2020 SUBMISSION link below and fill in the online form so as to provide us with the basic information to locate your submission in our database including: the exact same Submitters Name, List of Presenters´ Names, Title of Presentation, Type of Presentation and for 2021 whether you have any schedule limitations (review schedule template under the Program menu on the main conference page).

These 2020 submissions will not have to go through another content acceptance review, however, they will have to go through a re-acceptance process due to the change in venue and thus schedule and space limitations. Since there is no guarantee they can be automatically accepted, please consider them as “pending” until you are notified of final acceptance as part of the formal process in February. You may submit your request for use of your previous 2020 submission by clicking here USE 2020 SUBMISSION and filling in the form. Once done your submission is COMPLETE at this point and there is no need for further action. But if you have any changes to that 2020 submission you would have to submit it in its entirety as a New Proposal, following the standard submission procedures below.


Submission Instructions

HINTS for best chances of approval: Read These Instructions.

  • Deadline adherence is critical. Submissions received by the deadline will be considered the final version for review.  Any received past the deadline will be placed on a wait list.
  • Multiple proposals are welcome, but because of venue size, 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 submitted being declined.
  • Timely Response to email correspondence within a few days is mandatory. Please honor the fact that we must stick to strict planning deadlines to make this conference happen. If we cannot contact you and we run out of time, we may be forced to eliminate your submission.
  • 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 your proposal.
  • CE – No CEs will be available this year.  The APA application process is still in work.
  • Recording, Video and Photographs: All lecture-style presentations will be audio recorded (Zoom recorded).  Expect that some people may take pictures or screen shots of your slides – so prepare your presentation accordingly. Workshops and Dream Groups, on the other hand, are experiential and contain personal sharing. They will not be recorded by IASD, nor will we permit video recordings or photographs (either by a filmmaker or personally) to take place in those sessions without the express permission of every person present. Although Art and artistic performances are not permitted to be video recorded or photographed without the permission of the artist – in an onscreen zoom environment control of this restriction may not be possible.

Definitions of the 2021 Featured tracks

We have two featured tracks in 2021. The content of these are explained below in order to help reduce confusion if you wish to submit a late proposal to go on the wait list.

Dreams and the Arts

The IASD Annual Conference Dreams and the Arts track presents work in the relation of dreams and dreaming to the arts, including visual art, literature, film, music, dance, and theater. Presentations offer experience in methods of arts and crafts that work with dreams; or critical appreciation of works of art in any medium that feature dreams or a perspective on dreaming.

Dreams and Ethnicity

The Dreams and Ethnicity track explores dreams through traditional worldviews and welcomes dreamers of all ethnicities to submit presentation proposals of high quality that reflect their experience with dreams in relation to their self-identified ethnicity. In this track, the meaning of dreams is of spiritual significance to the waking reality of human life and identity. The Dreams and Ethnicity track supports IASD’s growth within a supportive multi-ethnic environment and brings people who have a different contribution to make to the study of dreams forward in-order to open up everyone’s perspective. To understand what makes the Dreams and Ethnicity track unique, this is the definition of the Culture and History track, which will continue as well in 2021: The Culture and History track of IASD conference addresses the cultural dimensions of dreams and dreaming such as cultural studies, anthropology, psychology, urban/rural studies, history, religion/spirituality etc. but not limited to these.  Presenters may offer an etic (external) or emic (internal) perspective on the culture on which they present.

Proceed as Follows:


DOWNLOAD the appropriate FORMS to help you prepare your material:

1) THIS PAGE OF INSTRUCTIONS (printable version)

2) SAMPLE FORMS can be used as guides in preparing your material, by clicking on the appropriate form listed below. NOTE: sample forms are NOT ACTIVE forms – they are only a convenience to help you see what is required so you can collect your information and prepare your text offline at your convenience.  This will allow you to later cut and paste the text into the online form. (STEP #3 below includes the link to the online form for your submission).

    Multi-Presentation Session:
    Pre-organized Symposium, Pre-organized Panel, or Special Event with multiple presentations. (for a wait list proposal)
    Single Presentation:
    Talk, Workshop, Morning Dream Group, Special Event. The presentation may include a presenter plus co-presenter(s) and co-author(s), or a group enacted event, as long as it is one single presentation, workshop or enactment. (for a wait list proposal)
    HOT Off The Press (formerly Poster) Presentation: Theory or research paper presentation by single or multiple presenter(s) or co-authors to be presented in a Hot Off The Press symposia style session as 15 minute talks (10 min. lecture + 5 min. Q&A).


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

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. It is your responsibility to 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 Multi-Presentation Session, Single Presentation, or Hot Off The Press Presentation;

     2.  Complete all applicable fields; those identified with an asterisk (*) are mandatory;

     3.  Cut and paste the titles, summaries, bios, abstract, vitae and other information prepared offline, from your SAMPLE FORM, 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 registration page

Note the new reduced presenter discount, and that all presenters must register by 15 March 2021 (HOTP by 1 April) to remain on the program, after which time we must finalize the schedule, and we will remove or replace unregistered presenters. The exception is wait list proposals that are accepted near or after those dates (in that case the registration deadline will be in your acceptance letter). All registrations for approved presenters are non-refundable after those deadlines (refunds possible prior to that date but subject to administrative fees). 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 the registration deadline (or within 1 week of non-acceptance notification) that you no longer wish to attend. Please be aware that scheduling is extremely tight, and we must remain fair to all submitters, including those on the wait list whom we were unable to fit into the program. We appreciate your courtesy to them and to us in maintaining your commitment to present.

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