Call for Presentations

Due date for submissions: 31 December 2022
(Due date for poster submissions: 1 March 2023)

Submissions Solicited: The program is multi-disciplinary, therefore high-quality proposals are invited that fall into any of the following tracks (themes): Dreams & the Arts; Dreams & Ethnicity; Research and Theory; Clinical Approaches; Dreamwork Practices; Education (teaching dream studies); Religion, Spirituality, and Philosophy; Extraordinary, Psi, and Lucid Dreams; Dreams and Health; Culture and History; and Mental Imagery.

Submission Categories Include: Pre-organized Symposia; Panels; Individual talks to be combined within Symposia; Special Events; Workshops; Morning Dream Groups; and Research Poster Presentations.

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. Qualifying presenters and conference attendees may apply for a BIPOC conference scholarship by writing to and requesting an application. For more information, see the IASD Dreams & Ethnicity Portal.

Proceed as Follows:

Note that for each submission, whether a single presentation or a pre-organized multi-presenter symposium/panel or event, there is to be only one submitting presenter who is responsible for all communications as well as organizing the information from other participants into the submission. Any submitting person must be a presenter or moderator actively involved in the presentation as a moderator or presenter.  If you are submitting on behalf of a presenter, and are not actively involved in presenting, then the submission must be in that presenter’s name with both your and that presenter’s email address provided for communications.

STEP #1 – Read & Download this page of Preparation Instructions

STEP #2 – Download Sample Forms to Prepare Your Text if needed

Sample forms are NOT ACTIVE forms – they are only a convenience for you to collect and prepare your information on if you like, so you can cut and paste the larger groups of text into the online forms later.  

SAMPLE FORM A   Single Presentation: Talk, Workshop, Morning Dream Group, Special Event. 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.

SAMPLE FORM B   Multi-Presentation Session: Pre-organized Symposium, Pre-organized Panel, or Special Event with multiple presentations. YOU as submitter must collect and organize all of the materials for the various presenters (names, bios, title/summaries, abstracts, etc.) into a single submission form and determine the order of presentation.

SAMPLE FORM C   Poster Presentation: Theory or research paper by single or multiple presenter(s) or co-authors to be posted on a 30″x 40″ foam board and easel with presenter(s) available for discussion during a 2-hour session (available for viewing the remainder of that day).

STEP #3 – Return Online to This Page and Click On Button Below

  • Complete all applicable fields – those with an asterisk (*) are mandatory.
  • Cut and paste the information you may have collected in the SAMPLE FORM into the online form.
  • Carefully review your completed form before clicking the SUBMIT button. Once you have submitted, you will NOT be able to retrieve the form for editing. If you later want to make a change you will have to resubmit the proposal in its entirety unless changes are minor enough to be added manually (contact to request a minor change).

STEP #4 – Register 

All presenters must register for the conference and pay the appropriate fees. Once you submit your presentation, please go to the conference registration page (coming soon!)

Note the presenter discount, and that all presenters must register by 15 March 2023 to remain on the program, after which time we must finalize the schedule, and we will remove or replace unregistered presenters. All registrations for approved presenters are non-refundable after 15 March (refunds prior to that date but subject to administrative fees). 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 within 1 week of that notification that you no longer wish to attend.

Preparation Instructions


  • Multiple proposals are welcome but 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.
  • Wait List: qualified post-deadline submissions may not be immediately approved but rather placed on a wait list pending space availability.
  • Timely Response to email within a few days is mandatory. If we can’t contact you and run out of time, we may be forced to eliminate your submission. 
  • AV Adherence and Availability: An Instruction to Presenters will be sent later with details.  Recording will all be done using Zoom therefore all PowerPoints or other videos/visuals must be prepared in or converted to a Windows Office format and made available on a thumb drive and be compatible with Zoom screen sharing. Use of personal or Mac Laptops are not supported and may only be accommodated by you locally Zooming into the session. AV is not available in most workshop spaces so consider this for best chance of acceptance.
  • Recording, Video and Photographs: IASD reserves the right to record all papers, seminars, panels, and presentations for the benefit of those who cannot attend all sessions as well as for general sales during and after the conference.  Recordings will be Zoom based and may include an audience window.  Workshops and Dream Groups where dream sharing takes place, will not be recorded.  It is not permitted for others to video record any session without the specific permission of IASD as well as permission from those being recorded. It is not permitted to video a presentation and post it on social media although some in the audience may photograph parts using a smart phone so prepare your content accordingly and let the audience know if you have a restriction.
  • Hybrid: We may again offer a limited bundling of presentations for a hybrid (onsite/virtual) offering – yet to be determined. In the submission forms you will therefore be asked whether you plan to present onsite or can only attend virtually. Because our legacy facility contract requires substantial onsite participation, onsite presenters will be given priority pending the bundling decisions.
  • Ethics: all presenters must review and agreement to adhere to the IASD Ethics and Principles of Community as a condition of acceptance (a checkbox for that purpose is provided in the online forms). Summary guidelines and links are posted immediately below.


Ethical Guidelines

Principles of Community: All presenters must have read and agree to adhere to the IASD ethics statement as well as to honor the IASD Principles of Community; both of which can be accessed here

Approach to Dreamwork: IASD supports an approach to dreamwork and dream sharing that respects the dreamer’s dignity and integrity, and which recognizes the dreamer as the decision-maker regarding the significance of the dream for them. IASD is committed to promoting an environment that supports every person in an atmosphere of mutual respect, cooperation, professionalism, and fairness. In short all proposals (workshops in particular) shall reflect educational, ethical, non-intrusive goals and methods, and presenters should not practice therapy nor make impractical claims. Workshops conducted in a manner that implies that the leader is the ultimate authority on the personal meaning of the dream, rather than the dreamer, are unacceptable.

Professional Ethics: Furthermore, it is considered unprofessional and not permitted for presenters to use direct solicitation or persuasion for economic or self-aggrandizement, such as openly advertising and selling of books or services during the presentation. You may briefly reference a book or practice if it forms the source material in support of your presentation, but you may NOT overtly promote or sell your books, products or services in the session spaces. Promotion of products and services within the conference facilities is also not permitted other than with flyers on the Attendee Information Table or special exhibit/sales tables contracted for with IASD.  Presenters who wish to sell their books or products must do so through the bookstore. List your books or associated products in the Book Listing box provided and special forms and the list will be provided to the bookstore, or if you plan to provide them a form will be sent for you to make arrangements with the bookstore.

CE Qualification

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 culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, and spiritual practices.

APA Continuing Education in psychology is focused on post-licensure training for licensed psychologists and mental health professionals. Content must be empirically established and supported. It must have direct relevance to the acquisition of new skills appropriate for and that build upon a completed doctoral program for psychologists and/or the continuing postgraduate and professional education of licensed mental health or health care professionals. It must be aimed at skills that keep pace with emerging issues, evolving innovations, ethics and technologies in order to increase competencies for improving services to the public and enhancing the knowledge of professional practitioners.  

There is no longer a need to request CE qualification, your presentations will be evaluated for CE qualification and selection.


The IASD Continuing Education Program welcomes your questions and feedback; you may contact the Administrator of Continuing Education, Remington Mallett  .

Style Guide

While the IASD Program Committee recognizes that different academic disciplines and different cultures utilize divergent styles of summaries and abstracts, we endeavor to maintain consistency in our posting of summaries and abstracts. Please help us make the task of editing by following the guidelines below:

  1. Titles should be in title case: capitalize the first letters of all words (except for prepositions, articles, and conjunctions).
  2. Write in full sentences rather than phrases. 
  3. Use commas and semi-colons to separate phrases and clauses for clarity.  Generally, a phrase beginning with “and,” where what follows is not part of a preceding list, should be set off with commas.
  4. Use double quotation marks (“. . .”) rather than single (‘. . .’) to set off direct quotes, unless it is a quote within a quote.
  5. Italicize titles of journals and books, not underlined or set within quotes.
  6. Use “and” instead of “&” wherever it occurs.
  7. Avoid the use of passive voice wherever possible. Example: “participants are encouraged to….”.
  8. Where acronyms are not in common usage, spell them out on the first occurrence followed by the acronym in parentheses, so if used later the reader understands what is meant by the acronym.
  9. Except for acronyms, please do not put words (including presenter’s name) in all caps.